WE ARE LOCAL
The main Republican and conservative tenets apply locally as they do nationally. Local Government should have a role in providing essential services, common infrastructure, protection of persons and property, and little else. Yet we see constant attempts to increase the roll and the reach of our local bureaucracy by our elected officials. Our Committee is particularly active in our support for local and county Republican and Conservative candidates, as these positions have the greatest impact on our Town.
Zoning is essential for the organized development of a region, and helps create and maintain a safe and aesthetically desirable community. Zoning is also a powerful tool for implementing policies that restrict lawful and desirable uses of private property. North Salem is notorious for the implementation of overzealous zoning regulations. In the past our Town has been found liable for zoning overreach, costing the Town millions of dollars in fine legal fees and court imposed fines. Our current Zoning regulations are partially responsible for the outlandishly high property taxes our residents pay. We believe that a healthy balance between an expanding tax base and an open space policy would help make North Salem more affordable, while maintaining our Town's rural character.
North Salem Residents are among the highest property tax payers in the Country. Our property taxes are a function of County, Town, Local, and School tax levies, the vast majority of which is attributable to the North Salem School District.
This is the bread and butter of local governance. It is the benchmark by which communities are compared and evaluated when assessing quality of life and desirability. Services include Police, Fire Department, garbage collection, recreational facilities, etc.
Elected Local Officials
Our Town has several elected positions, these include the Supervisor (with a two year term), Town Council (four positions each with a four year term), two Town Justices (each with a four year term) Highway Superintendent, and Tax Receiver. The Town Council is responsible for hiring and appointing individuals to fill the other various positions within the Town administration.