John Mack - Newtown Supervisor
What Issues Are Important to Newtown Residents This Election Year?

What Issues Are Important to Newtown Residents This Election Year?

This year, two Newtown Board of Supervisor (BOS) seats are up for election: One six-year seat currently occupied by Republican Kyle Davis and one two-year seat currently occupied by David Oxley.

Mr. Davis and his running mate Andrea Ahern already have come out against overdevelopment and tax increases (read “Kyle Davis, Andrea Ahern Announce Campaign for Newtown Township Board of Supervisors  & Make Their Opposition to the Arcadia Settlement a Major Issue”) Their opposition is likely to be Democrats David Oxley and another newcomer Elen Snyder. Both are listed on the primary ballot but have not yet announced their candidacy.

Residents Speak Out on the Issues

For more than 4 years now, I have been hosting my “Issues of Importance to Newtown Township Residents” survey. A lot has happened during that time and no doubt some issues have become more important this past year. And those issues will likely influence who wins the coveted BOS seats.

Before I get to those specific issues, let’s look at the overall survey results. As of April 1, 2021, 356 responses have been collected. See the figure below for a summary of the results.

The survey asks each respondent to rank the importance of several issues from “Very Important” to “Not Important.” Respondents are also able to add comments and name other issues that are important to them.
What About Lately?

Has there been a shift in what’s considered “Very Important” from 2017 through 2020? I think so, as shown in the following chart.

I notice a few interesting trends:

Some Comments

Comments about these issues submitted by respondents during this period include the following. To see comments about other issues, read “Newtown Speaks Out on the Issues”.

Stop Arcadia development! ... Arcadia Green development should not happen ... Stop the over development tooo many toll house homes ruining the county side. Once developed its gone forever ... Please stop developing in and around newtown..its destroying it and once open space is gone...its gone forever ... The over development at the Village at Newtown shopping center is an outrage. It has become the new oxford valley mall. Traffic, parking and siphoning business from State Street are big problems.”

Bringing in new business is not as important as ensuring it is the right business for Newtown Township, and that it does not further compromise the quality of life that once made Newtown Township the ideal place to raise a family.

I’m a senior living on SS and fixed income so keeping my home taxes down are extremely important.

What Do You Think?

The 2020 data is based on only 20 responses vs. 115 for 2019 and 204 for 2017. What is needed are more responses and considering that this is an election year, I hope I can get at least 100 more responses before Election Day on November 2, 2021.

 

Take My Survey

 

After taking the survey, you can see a summary of the results to date (no personally-identifiable information included).

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP APPROVED SURVEY. IT IS SOLELY A SURVEY POSTED BY JOHN MACK ACTING AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN. YOU MAY REMAIN ANONYMOUS - YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IS NEVER REVEALED WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION.

Posted on 01 Apr 2021, 11:53 - Category: Survey Results

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