My name is Natasha Bagchi, and I want to represent you on the Horsham Council.
16 years ago my husband and I built our first home here in Horsham because this community was where we wanted to raise our children.
A lot has happened in the years since:
- We’ve discovered that contamination in the soil at the Naval Air Base has caused our water to be contaminated with toxic chemicals, and we drank it for years and years before filters were put in
- Long-time corporate residents, including Toll Brothers, are leaving Horsham for neighboring municipalities, taking tax revenue and jobs with them
- A new township building is being erect without audio/visual capabilities which would allow residents to watch decision making meetings live
- The status of our school district has dropped and now ranked 180th out of 603 in the state
- Community quality measurements like ‘walkability scores’ identify imperative areas for improvement: the walkability score for Horsham is a very low 23
Researching these and other issues, I have discovered that details on decisions made are very hard to find. Horsham residents deserve to have a clear idea on the planning, goals and projects that the council is working on. Horsham lacks transparency, and I want to lead the change and fix that. Council and other committee meetings need to be remotely accessible to residents, planning and decision documents needs to be accessible on the internet and residents should have the opportunity to weigh in in a fair way.
In addition to transparency, there are many areas were we have opportunities to improve Horsham Township, and by becoming a more inclusive governing body, together, we can make positive change. From fighting to ensure safe drinking water to scrutinizing our spending to improving the commute burdens, I am ready to find each and every opportunity to positively move Horsham forward.
I am running for council because I care about Horsham and I want to do the right thing for you. As your council member, I will work collaboratively and rapidly across the Township to pick up the pace and move us all forward.