Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Burlco's Garganio, O'Brien Win Key Labor Support

Saying it reflects their commitment to fiscal policies that are making Burlington County more affordable for working class families, Burlington County Freeholders Bruce Garganio and Mary Ann O'Brien announced today that they have both been endorsed for re-election by the Southern New Jersey Building & Construction Trades Council.

"Bruce and Mary Ann have proven themselves to be on the side of working class families in Burlington County by enacting policies that make it more affordable to live, work and retire in South Jersey," said Southern NJ Building & Construction Trades Council President James Kehoe. "They have earned our support."

Since joining the Board in 2010, Garganio and O'Brien have cut county property taxes by $8 million and reduced county spending by $7 million. Under Republican leadership, county property taxes have declined by $8.6 million and spending by $9.6 million since 2008. Due to their fiscal discipline, Burlington County spends fewer tax dollars per person than any county in the State, at just $483 per person. Neighboring counties in South Jersey spend far more: Camden ($628), Gloucester ($700) and Mercer ($779).

"As a foreman carpenter for twenty-five years, winning the support of my colleagues in the building and construction trades is a tremendous honor," said Freeholder Director Garganio. "The trades union represents thousands of hardworking Burlington County families who fight and claw to balance their family budgets, and appreciate the difficult decisions we have had to make on the Freeholder Board in order to cut county property taxes and reduce county spending by millions of dollars over the last two years."

"My top priority as a Freeholder is, and always has been, to make sure that county government lives within its means and reduces the tax burden on individuals, families, small businesses and seniors - especially in these difficult economic times," said Freeholder O'Brien. "Earning this endorsement from the Southern New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council shows that the tough decisions we're making as a Freeholder Board are being recognized by the people who pay the bills - the taxpayers. That is very gratifying."

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