Jean Murphy

| 24 Oct 2019 | 02:02

Office Sought: Vernon Township Mayor

Age: 61

Political History: I have had the pleasure of serving the residents of Vernon Township for the last 6 years on the Vernon Township Council, the last 3 years as Council President. Additionally, I was the Council liaison to the Board of Education for 5 years and liaison to the Beautification Committee for 4 years. Further, I am a member of the Sussex County Open Space Committee.

Occupation: Full time Real Estate Broker/Sales Associate with 27 years’ experience in Vernon Township, currently with Weichert Realtors. My profession has enabled me to understand and I have gained extensive knowledge of the needs and requirements of each community that makes up Vernon Township.

Education: American School of Business, Real Estate Brokers License

Family: Married to Dan.

Top three issues: 1. Stable property taxes are the most critical issue concerning Vernon. For years the township has had a record number of property tax appeals filed. We are conducting a town wide reassessment based on the current real estate sales to fairly allocate the real estate tax burden amongst all properties. The reassessment will help stabilize rates. Further, it will continue to attract clean commercial ratables to our town. 2. Sewer Service – I will continue to hold our largest taxpayer, Mountain Creek accountable for their debt to Vernon residents and to fulfill their responsibility for the maintenance and repairs to the sewer system. The township and the VTMUA must work together to trim the debt service and operational costs while simultaneously not incurring additional debt that will be shouldered by the taxpayers or the ratepayers. 3. Natural resources offer year-round enjoyment and an opportunity to experience the beauty of Vernon. In 2018, our Open Space Fund contained approximately $972,000. Voters approved spending 30% of this money for public pathways for hiking etc. The Township has begun clearing paths for trails. We’re working on acquiring easements that will connect to already owned property. Visitors flocking to our town will ensure businesses will flourish.