Phil Meisner is a long serving Board Member of Englewood’s Vincente K. Tibbs Child Development Center and has served on Englewood’s Economic Development Corporation and Englewood’s Board of Zoning Adjustment, the Mayor’s Commission on Budget and Finance, and as Vice Chairman of the New Jersey State Anti-Bullying Task Force.
- Improve and modernize Englewood’s aging and environmentally unsound infrastructure.
- Create a vibrant, thriving downtown business district by enforcing the highest standards of architecture, beautification and rigorous adherence to smart development.
- Recognize and adhere to Englewood’s Master Plan as a strategic blue print for stabilizing taxes and sustaining property values. Employ methods to creatively adapt the plan to changing needs and conditions.
- Upgrade and modernize City technology to improve City services.
- Ensure a sufficient mix of housing stock to serve the diverse needs of the community.
- Conduct quarterly lookbacks to compare the rate of spending, debt ratios, revenues are in line with the annual budget and projections.
- Avoid ballooning overtime on the city payroll through responsible hiring best-practices and planning.
- Establish dedicated reserve funds for unpredictable costs.
- Abolish the use of one-time revenue sources, such as the sale of city assets, to plug budget holes or pay operating costs. Utilize such sales only for debt reduction and / or capital expenses.
- Expand the city’s commercial and residential tax base through smart development, alleviating the tax burden on homeowners.
- Anticipate and Plan for infrastructure improvements years in advance through the capital budget.
- Expand community policing and foster working partnerships between residents and law enforcement. Implement auxiliary (SLO) officers.
- Support education by ensuring the City’s development, planning and financial decisions will positively impact schools. Offer a new level of coordination between the School District and the City.
- Offer coordinated after three programs through a community / cultural center that is run independently from the City and capable of housing multiple organizations.
- Actively recruit and encourage residents to participate in boards and commissions.