As he approaches 20 years on the Freehold Township Committee newly elected Mayor David Salkin said he looks forward to continuing the work they have done despite recent economic difficulties.
Salkin said whether he is sitting in the center seat or as a member of the committee his goals remain the same. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said with a laugh. “We are always trying to keep our tax rate stable. We have tried to do more with less the last four or five years which has been extremely difficult.”
The mayor said with cuts in state funding, expenses rising and revenues falling reaching their goals has been a challenge. It is a challenge that he said his fellow committee members and the township employees have risen to every time. “It’s just a matter of trying to juggle the best we can,” he said.
Having served on the committee for so long Salkin said accomplishments are based on more than just what is done in a given year. Since becoming a member of the governing body he said his proudest accomplishments are open space work, the architectural controls ordinance and the parks and recreation programs. “We’re just trying to provide the best services we can without wasting any money,” he said. “After Hurricane Sandy our guys were picking up brush for three months, but it got done.”