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Here Comes a 7% Property Tax Increase for 2014 in GT

Can your back take on any more?
Can your back take on any more?
The Gloucester Township 2014 'Introduced Budget' has just been placed on the GT website. This budget calls for a 7% INCREASE in your township property taxes. The budget document is here: http://www.glotwp.com/pdfs/budget/2014introduced_budget.pdf

If you're like me, you are incensed.

If you're like me, you have a few questions:

Q: I thought NJ passed a law to limit tax increases to 2% per year?
A: Yes, NJ did. But the law has more loopholes than the tax code for Exxon. The loophole that your GT government leaders took advantage of says you can accumulate all of the 2% increases that you didn't use in previous years, and then add them together to use them in the current year.

Q: For the November 2013 GT mayoral election, wasn't Mayor Mayer's number one re-election campaign bragging point the fact that he "held the line on taxes four years in a row"?
A: Yes, it was. So it doesn't take much imagination to figure out if this 2014 tax increase was a premeditated, misleading political maneuver.

Q: What can I do about this?
A: Well first, this budget document was made available at the end-of-day Thursday. And, as you know, the Municipal Building goes dark on Fridays. So there is nothing you can do until Monday.
Secondly, if you know GT government, then you realize that "Introduced Budget" really means "Signed, Sealed, Delivered Budget".
But don't give up. This budget SHOULD NOT PASS.
The next Council meeting is March 24, 7:30. Show up and raise heck.
Also, public budget hearings will be held on April 14, 7:30.

Q: If Mayor Mayer can dupe us with a misleading political maneuver like this, is he misleading us with other tricks?
A: You decide.

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D.Brown April 12, 2014 at 06:48 AM
I called the Mayors office, he said "It is not a 7% tax hike, it is .07 cents on the dollar." I told him that that was 7% and he said no its not. What Math is this mayor trying to pass on us.
Pete Heinbaugh April 12, 2014 at 08:46 AM
I don't know why our government can't simply come out with a statement that clearly explains the tax increase. Instead, to get the information, we, the residents are forced to ask them questions; and then piece together their vague answers. Our township government is too opaque and inaccessible; which only raises my suspicion, and raises my determination to get real answers.
Pete Heinbaugh April 12, 2014 at 08:49 AM
So here's the facts for our 2014 GT tax increase: Our GT Municipal tax rate will increase to $.906 per $100 of assessed value. This is an increase of $.073 from the current tax rate of $.833.
Pete Heinbaugh April 12, 2014 at 08:59 AM
For the 2014 GT Budget, the "Amount to be raised by taxation" increased 7% to $39,944,899. Up from $37,346,064 in last year's budget. BUT, because assessed property values in our town are decreasing, the tax rate needed to be increased 8.8%.
Paul J. DiBartolo April 12, 2014 at 09:38 AM
The bottom line is that our town government from Mayor Mayer to Michelle Winters, who used to be a respectable soccer-mom, right on through to the Mayer-appointed and hired officials are a bunch of obfuscating ne'er-do-wells. That's a gracious way of saying that somebody is lying to us and it ain't me! BTW, Ms. Winters, Ms. Trotto, Mr. Schmidt...maybe you would like to think that that's not you but your complicity in all of this covering-up and lying puts you right in the middle of it all. How does it feel to set aside all self-respect and become an auto-bot for the likes of the sniveling David Mayer? Can you even hear the protestation of your consciences any longer?

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