Letter to the editor | A great negotiator

October 28, 2013 

John Elnitski has tirelessly and effectively served the residents of Benner Township for the past 12 years. His knowledge of state law and responsibilities of a township supervisor, along with his significant contributions, make him the most qualified candidate for supervisor.

Elnitski is a great negotiator — an extremely rare and valuable asset for a supervisor to possess — proving this numerous times. He successfully negotiated a yearly impact payment from Penn State, when past supervisors could not. He successfully argued for a standing member on the University Park Airport board. He worked with regional municipalities to develop an equitable contribution model for fire protection. He works with residents, developers and elected state officials to resolve competing goals, all while keeping the interests of our community in mind.

He developed two new revenue streams, without raising individual or property taxes. His negotiated agreement with Penn State generates more than $70,000 a year. Additionally, he discovered a court-tested patron parking tax ordinance, allowing us to receive a small tax from University Park Airport parking patrons. Enacted in 2004, it generates more than $70,000 a year. These are significant revenues, given our township budget of about $1.2 million. This revenue has cushioned our budget, resulting in no tax increases since 1998.

Elnitski has consistently demonstrated his commitment to executing his duties with a communitywide vision. He supports individual rights that also respect the rights of other residents and taxpayers.

These are just a few of the reasons why I am supporting John Elnitski for Benner Township supervisor.

Dave Breon

Bellefonte

The writer is an immediate past supervisor.

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