For more than eight years, I have had the honor of serving my hometown, Wayne Township, as your Mayor and the privilege of working with some of the most dedicated public servants I have ever known, both on the Township Council and in the departments that provide services to our citizens.
I started this journey in 2008 with a vision for Wayne Township that strived for excellent customer service, strong financial stewardship and an ethical government, committed to integrity – a government that our residents could trust in and be proud of.
One of the most important and difficult tasks that I perform as your Mayor is preparing a fiscally sound budget without decreasing the services that our residents have come to expect. Our financially conservative philosophy has gotten us through the heart of the recession and I am very happy to announce that for the first time in approximately 20 years, there will be a slight decrease for all Wayne taxpayers in the Municipal portion of your total tax bill for 2016! I want to thank our Council Members, Business Administrator, Treasurer and all Township staff for their hard work in keeping us moving in the right direction and helping the Township to continue to grow as a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Another priority of mine has been to work closely with the Township Council to increase our business population in an effort to create a more equitable distribution of the tax burden between residential and commercial properties. I am pleased to report that we are making great strides towards achieving that goal. Included in the many new companies calling Wayne Township their home are: Fed Ex Ground, Frito-Lay, CarMax, 24 Hour Fitness, Auto Zone and Jared’s Jewelry. Additionally, we look forward to the impending revitalization of the Wayne Hills Mall area. Rest assured that I am fully committed to continuing to actively encouraging businesses to investment in our township by further improving our business environment and supporting responsible corporate citizenship.
Although our winter was rather tame compared to winters past, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our dedicated Township employees for their continued exceptional efforts with snow and ice removal, recycling and solid waste collections and general maintenance of our roads and athletic fields. Additionally, I send my appreciation to our First Responders, Township Police, Fire Fighters and First Aid Squad, for their continued response to emergency calls regardless of the time of day and night, weather or road conditions.
Once again, the Township and the Wayne School System, are working collaboratively to present the “Wayne Community Forum”. This anti-drug initiative is specifically designed to provide parents and guardians of Middle and High School students with updated information about the most current drug trends in our community. I believe that effective communication and education can help Township residents to overcome this most challenging issue.
During my time as your Mayor, I have been laser focused on fiscal stability and I've also made it a point to face our challenges head on. I've spent many years of my life committed to helping Wayne be the Township I know it can be – a dynamic suburb with a highly educated citizenry, safe communities, an ethical government committed to integrity, a place that values sustainability and supports every resident. Accordingly, I’d like to thank the Township Council, all members of Township Boards and Commissions, our volunteer First Aid Squad, Fire Department members, youth coaches, and the dedicated employees of Wayne Township for their continued assistance achieving. Together we all have made a difference.
Lastly, I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve as your Mayor and I look forward to a bright future for Wayne Township! Please feel free to contact me at 973-694-1800, ext. 3200 or Email the Mayor with any thoughts or concerns you may have.
Christopher P. Vergano