Working for Cumberland
Editor, Gettysburg Times,
The Cumberland Township Concerned Residents (CTCR) began its second year of activities focusing on the mission, “to assist our elected officials in the decision making process, support increased transparency, and promote greater efficiency so that township government can better serve the needs of all township residents.”
In its first year, CTCR created its mission statement, a Facebook page, and email address. Subcommittees were formed to track the Central Adams Joint Comprehensive Plan, proposed building and grounds renovation, township budget concerns, and outreach to township residents.
Members of the Building Renovation Subcommittee provided input at various public meetings. Supervisors determined that initial cost estimates were not feasible. A revised plan was proposed by the township manager in February of 2019. No action has been taken by the supervisors on that proposal. CTCR supports minor upgrades to increase security but is against the township taking on additional long-term debt.
The Budget Subcommittee reviewed the numerous budget reports throughout the year. The Notice of Audit (2018) showed expenditures exceeded revenues for both Governmental Funds (due primarily to the refund of Traffic Impact Fees), and the Pension Fund (due to investment losses).
Members requested that the supervisors limit contributions to the Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA) to those dollars that are available in the Park & Rec Fund. When the Authority was created, it was with the expectation that GARA would be self-sufficient in five or six years. That time is upon us. CTCR will continue to monitor this concern.
Minutes from a Board of Supervisors meeting in 2011 indicate that the Board passed Resolution 2011-05 “to pay off the debt restructuring within a 15 year period…” This option is not reflected in recent township budgets. CTCR has encouraged supervisors to present a plan to accomplish this objective.
The Outreach Subcommittee prepared a handout and petition, collecting 260 signatures urging supervisors to Keep Our Budget Under Control by not raising taxes or borrowing for the renovation.
All residents of Cumberland Township are invited to join CTCR. We are your friends and neighbors. Working together we can be more effective in accomplishing the goal of assisting our elected officials.
CTCR meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the Adams County Library in Gettysburg. Questions about CTCR or requests to be added to the CTCR email list can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you on May 20!