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Township May Form Senior Citizens Advisory Committee

The group would be in contact with the township regarding issues important to them, the deputy mayor said.

 

Cinnaminson’s deputy mayor wants to explore starting a senior citizens’ advisory committee so that constituency—which hasn’t been adequately represented, he said—can voice their opinions to the township.

The issue was discussed at Monday’s township committee meeting although Anthony Minniti, the township’s deputy mayor, was not in attendance.

He said Tuesday the committee would be about “opening the lines of communication.”

Minniti envisions a group of about seven senior citizens who would meet monthly and “comment on issues that are pertinent to our senior residents.”

The group wouldn’t be unlike the parks and recreation committee whose meetings are open to the public to discuss parks and recreation issues.

“Every other group in town has that ability and really, we don’t have anything for our seniors,” Minniti said.

Committeewoman Kathy Fitzpatrick, who serves as the director of health and senior services, said she agrees with Minniti.

“An ad hoc committee to give us some insight as to what would be beneficial to seniors [would be very helpful],” she said.

Minniti said this group would have real appointments, with a chairperson and a meetings schedule. Township committee would decide who the liaison to the group would be and just what kind of committee it would be.

“We want to give them a voice or an avenue for better formal communication,” Minniti said.

FbS December 05, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Good idea. We can all get some different insight on how things should be run with this idea.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The headline says the word "may" because it hasn't happened yet. The township committee had the topic on the agenda for discussion. Nothing officially has been formed yet. So since it's not officially in place, the word "may" is appropriate. The township moving forward with this committee formation and the use of my word "may" have nothing to do with each other.
John December 05, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Oh, and here I thought seniors had there taxes frozen when they all turn 65....I believe this is a state thing b/c my mom had her taxes frozen and she had to do nothing for it..I guess things have changed and we all lose sight of the difficulties in living on a fixed income....There is nothing we can do with the Market prices of our houses and we can do nothing about the tax assessment nor can we do anything about the scofflaws and the penatlies that will come but we can do something about better communications...thanks for the information.....
John December 06, 2012 at 12:40 AM
@dajoepa75 thanks for the information, U helped with the how two's.....I guess alot of people do not know this information and they keep it a secret.....My wife past away 2 years ago and I just turned 65 will be 66 in march so I think I will follow up on this...
John December 06, 2012 at 12:51 AM
@dajoepa75, just went on the web site you provided and it looks like they are only doing 2011 now....and the deadline is Oct 2012....guess I would have to go to the taxation people of cinnaminson for help with this thanks
John December 06, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I turned 65 in march and will be 66 this march, guess I do not meet the requirements yet but thanks for the help....not sure what U mean by board......thanks
John December 06, 2012 at 11:31 PM
thanks for all your help....
John December 07, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Reading the article and what U said prior to my message I can see there are alot of things that should be done for the seniors....In todays world of hustle and bustle we seem to forget alot of things.....We can only try our best, thanks again for your help...
lesanda December 07, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Rather than see a Senior Citizens Advisory Committee which favors one segment of our residents, I would like to see a Mayor's Citizen Advisory Committee, wherein a once a month meeting could be held with citizens invited to join from all areas of Cinnaminson. In attendance would be the Mayor, the Administrator, the dept heads of the police,and the public works. In this way the Mayor would be able to take the pulse of the general public. The representative citizens could give some good input about what the citizens are thinking and the mayor could act on it accordingly.
John December 08, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Oh boy, a committee for all, I think we have one already but no one pays attention to the problems we have, look at the comments section on any article, U get the same people making the same comments and nothing gets done....this is like the never ending story....oh well, thats life.....
Ric December 08, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Hi John, 1. From each home the township collects around $5000 in school taxes. 2. Since it cost Cinnaminson $14,463 to educate each student, to educate three children from a family it would cost the township $43,389. 3. So the township would save $43,389 from every senior family that has no children versus a family that has three children. It seems to me that the best way for the township to better manage the cost of education is to offer an incentive for seniors to own single homes in Cinnaminson. The best incentive to encourage seniors to buy in Cinnaminson (or not flee Cinnaminson for low tax southern locales) is to give seniors a generous break on property taxes. This incentive would not only encourage area senior to buy into Cinnaminson, the added demand on buying houses would also help our home prices rise. (And raise assessed values for the tax collector.) It is a win-win for everyone. We wouldn’t even need to build a new high school just because the superintendent thinks somehow CHS will gain a 100 more students. (God only knows where they will live. There is very little land left to build upon.)
Cindy Pierson December 12, 2012 at 05:08 AM
The public is given an opportunity to speak at all township committee meetings (twice a month), and all of the people you mention are usually there. I don't think that a special citizen advisory committee would carry any more weight with the mayor and committee than anyone else. We all have the opportunity to give input about what citizens are thinking, and only a very few take advantage of it. Even though I'm pretty sure that my speaking up at committee meetings doesn't really make a difference in the committee's actions, at least I've gotten my opinion on the record - and if nothing else, it makes me feel better.

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