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Dear Editor:

In the Nov. 7 election, Hampden Township voters have several important choices, none more so than for leaders of local government that affects their daily lives – Township Commissioners.

Ken Fetrow, John Gaspich and Nate Silcox are part of a team with a great track record. Hampden’s a leader in residents' amenities (parks, fields, roadways, etc.), and dealing with unfunded mandates (like stormwater management). And 2018 will be the 41st straight year with no property tax increase.

You may have seen campaign literature or social media postings from one of their opponents. It is comprised of half-truths, non-truths, and some unfounded speculation. For example, the candidate says: Hampden should switch to LED street lights to save money — prior analysis, updated by PPL this past July at Hampden's request, showed that's wrong, except for one small area that's being done.

This candidate needs to see and analyze Hampden's books before he can back up his assertions — he's been running for months and the books are open to the public. Referring to the stormwater fee ($53 per homeowner, per year), he has said "they [Hampden] have effectively doubled the revenue they accrue from us and from other Hampden residents. Therefore, I would expect Hampden's current financial condition to be quite excellent." He knows, or should know, the fee is in response to unfunded stormwater mitigation mandates imposed by the federal and state governments.

Hampden’s financial condition is excellent, because we deal with issues in a fiscally responsible way.

Vote Fetrow, Gaspich & Silcox, Hampden Township Commissioners.

Al Bienstock

Hampden Township

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