Three new members of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors joined four sitting members during Tuesday night’s organizational meeting in the colonial courthouse, pledging to exercise fiscal restraint, fulfilling the major campaign promise they made during last year’s election.
This became evident toward the end of Tuesday night’s meeting when newcomer at-large supervisor John Meyer Jr. asked for and received a consensus of the board to encourage county administrator Brenda Garton to develop the next fiscal year’s budget under the assumption that there will be no tax increases and no additional borrowings.
“The election we had in November was a pretty strong indication that the county wants more fiscal restraint with less spending,” Meyer said. He added that all three newly elected supervisors ran on similar platforms.
Also toward the end of the meeting, the four continuing board members expressed their eagerness to work together with the new board members, pledging to help in any way that they could to help them become acclimated to the new job.
“I welcome the three new board members,” said at-large supervisor Ashley Chriscoe, “and I look forward to working with you guys. Here’s to a good 2014.”
Ware district supervisor Andy James echoed that sentiment, saying, “I think you guys added a lot to the meeting tonight. I think it’s going to be a good year and I hope (the meetings) continue to be positive like they have been tonight.”
Abingdon district supervisor Robert “JJ” Orth added, “We’re more than willing to help out … We’re always open to hearing anything you guys have to say.”
During the organizational part of Tuesday night’s meeting, Orth was unanimously elected as chair of the governing body and Chriscoe was unanimously elected vice chair.