Ab’deen voters want honesty, not deception

So now, Aberdeen residents are being told the conditions of our roadways "will continue to deteriorate if an adequate evaluation, maintenance and improvement program is not implemented," and that we should "seriously consider allocating additional funds" to fix this problem. In fact, our township manager has asked the township engineer to study the impact of "additional annual appropriations of $100,000, $200,000 and $300,000" above the current allotted funding. Aberdeen voters may remember a significantly different message coming from the same Township Council back during election time.

This past fall, those same council members campaigned across neighborhoods, touting the accomplishments of their road improvement program. You may remember one of their television campaign ads showing the improvements to the corner of Lloyd Road and Church Street, even though this is a county road whose improvement had very little to do with their municipal program.

Our deputy mayor claims that the most common complaint from the residents he met door to door was, "When is my street going to be done?" What he is not telling you is that it was under his and his running mates’ watch that this problem grew to its present, critical condition. And while they may have gone door to door listening to residents and feeling their pain, the bottom line is that they did not give residents the complete story, forgetting to mention the upcoming "bill" we will have to pay until after Election Day.

The mayor says this is a classic case of "pay me now or pay me later." What he does not tell you is that it’s really a case of elect me now, pay for it later. The truth is that Aberdeen’s roadways have been a political football in this town for far too long, and in the past Aberdeen voters have not been afraid to remove from office those who have not kept their Election Day promises.

What voters really need is leadership from their township government that tells them the complete story-allowing all residents to make informed decisions. The residents of Aberdeen have responded time and time again to the growing needs of our community, and we will shoulder the burden if it is for the betterment of the township. I encourage every Aberdeen resident to attend the public meeting March 21, where the budget will be discussed. And a question for those who plan to attend: If our taxes continue to increase during these good economic times, what will they do if the economy experiences a not-so-good year?

Adam Puharic


Former GOP candidate

Township Council