Dence, who has served as chairman since 2020, is completing his second six-year term. Palmer, a former Pennsbury School Board member appointed in 2020, will finish his second year in 2021.
Both candidates are committed to supporting the business community, creating jobs, and helping Falls Township continue on a positive trajectory – all while ensuring residents and businesses alike recover from challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since Dence’s tenure began in 2009, the board has approved more than 70 land development plans, including the NorthPoint redevelopment of 1,800 acres at the former U.S. Steel site. This influx of new industry will create thousands of new jobs and bolster the local and regional economy. The NorthPoint project alone will bring 5,000 to 10,000 new permanent jobs to the township. Falls continues to support the small business community as part of the Live Here, Spend program, which Dence kickstarted in 2015.
Under Palmer and Dence’s leadership, several vacant and dilapidated properties have been filled and remediated. Palmer and Dence have brought out-of-the-box thinking to the board to assist in right-sizing an existing restaurant to a smaller space while adding a convenience store in its place and essentially bringing new life to an otherwise struggling shopping center.
Both Supervisors continue working hard to drive Falls forward – but not at the expense of residents. Palmer and Dence are committed to maintaining high quality of life standards that residents have come to expect, including annual road maintenance programs, ongoing litter cleanup, measures to curb door-to-door soliciting, and prohibiting smoking at parks and township property.
Palmer and Dence support fiscally responsible government. Falls Township continues to offer top-notch services without raising municipal taxes. The last municipal tax increase was in 1992.
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PHOTO CAP: John Palmer (left) and Jeff Dence