Plymouth's namesake in Massachussetts, was founded by English settlers trying to start a new life. Plymouth Rock welcomed people to the land of opportunity before there was a Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island.
Our Plymouth Township however, isn't exactly crawling in new residents. Township population is slightly down since 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
While campaign mailings are floating around the township full of candidates touting their cost cutting prowess or devotion to special groups, nobody has come out on the side of long term economic and population growth. Growth, economic and otherwise, is key to the long term success of individuals, businesses, and communities.
Without a vision for growth, how can we exepct the township to remain such a wonderful place to live?
My strategy for growth in Plymouth Township follows the example set by Governer Snyder. First, explore consolidation and best practices to shave cost from government without negatively impacting services. Secondly, cut targeted tax incentives to the few and use the savings to lower the tax burden for all businesses and individuals.
Efficient services and amenities from the government, combined with a low tax burden will ensure our township remains a desirable place to live and do business in the years ahead.