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Gloucester Township Tax Sale Scheduled for Dec. 18

Republican leader calls for more "compassion" from township during tough economic times.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m. 12/3: The drive-thru tax window at the Gloucester Township Municipal Building will be open each Friday prior to the Dec. 18 accelerated tax sale for payments by those property owners included on the tax sale list.

No other tax payments will be accepted on Friday, Dec. 7, or Friday, Dec. 14.

The municipal building is usually open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and closed on Friday.

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Gloucester Township property owners who have fallen behind on taxes have just 18 days to pay their bills in order to avoid being included in an accelerated tax sale next month.

The township's public tax sale is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The 2012 accelerated tax sale list (see PDF to right) was recently published on the township website. The list includes more than 3,500 properties for which taxes had not been paid in full as of Nov. 19, as well as those with delinquent Gloucester Township Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) and Camden County MUA bills.

Property owners can pay their bills before the Dec. 18 accelerated tax sale to avoid having their delinquent taxes and MUA bills included in the auction. Payments must be in cash, certified check or money order. The tax office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

An accelerated tax sale is a tool used by municipalities to achieve higher tax-collection rates.

Business Administrator Tom Cardis noted during Monday's Gloucester Township Council meeting that the township's collection rate has been "very close to 100 percent" since moving to the accelerated tax sale in the late 1990s.

Erial resident Ray Polidoro—chairman of the Gloucester Township Republican Municipal Committee—called on the township to work in a "little compassion" with its tax sale notices.

"Is there not anything that this township can do whether it's through the (tax collector's office) or MUA to show a little compassion for some of these folks that are very concerned? This number is growing," he said. "There are people that are having very, very tough times, and this is what they're getting in the mail."

Accelerated tax sales are held just before the end of a budget year. For Gloucester Township, which now operates on a calendar-year budget, that means accelerated tax sales typically are held in December.

Investors bid on tax debt at the auction-style tax sales, paying off the money owed to municipalities while charging interest of up to 18 percent on top of the original tax bill owed by the delinquent taxpayer.

"In the tax sales, we don't sell their home; we sell the lien," Tax Assessor Chuck Palumbo said. "Somebody buys the lien, the delinquency, and they pay the taxes for them and they just have a lien on their home."

Polidoro questioned the expediency with which the notices were mailed this year following the Nov. 13 fourth-quarter property tax deadline.

"That process has to start immediately after the November quarter because you have to have a four-week period of advertisements and notices" before the auction, Cardis responded.

Solicitor David Carlamere noted municipalities operating under accelerated tax sales can include all taxes due before Nov. 11 in support of calendar-year budgets.

Gloucester Township places legal notices with its tax sale list in its official newspapers twice before the auction, Cardis said. It also sends out two rounds of direct notices.

@xxLouA November 30, 2012 at 06:25 PM
maybe the so-called elite don't have to pay the sewer bills
Darren Gladden December 01, 2012 at 12:17 AM
THIS township leaders are nothing but a BIG EGO joke they all don't have a clue but to soup up Golf carts and let Lenni drive around all day wasting gas and acting like he knows what he is doing .......'WAKE UP PEOPLE OF GT " ...........They act like they are some kind of Mafia Boss ........SHUT UP AND PAY THEM so Stash and Mrs Green can Va-K together ........ http://youtu.be/ZPtjyqgZAUk
Darren Gladden December 01, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Time to get them ALL OUT THIS YEAR .............2013 we can put Mayor Mayer and his crew to bed , Bunch of Greedy Hogs ........They don't care about anything ......OMG PEOPLE WAKE up
GTWatchdawg December 01, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Go see for yourself just how much your elected officials care. A Youtube video is at the following link. http://youtu.be/4qrYrbykZYw Feel free to pass it on.
@xxLouA December 01, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Cardis says he sends out two rounds, Why is it I never received any of them rounds. As far as I know the Navy Federal didn't receive any notices either. Long as he gets his 70K why should he worry about what any of the people really get.
Pamela December 02, 2012 at 07:14 AM
This Township should be ashamed of themselves!!! I know , for a fact, how ALL of our Township Representatives and Mayor and down the line live. They are the ONLY people receiving raises and Christmas bonuses. Meanwhile , they moved up the tax sale to further cause pain on the people who's taxes make up "your" salaries and this Townships. Shame on you all that you would put a lien on someone's 30year home for $60.00 in arrears!!! You're going to tax them 18% on that. Take the damn $60.00 out of your own pocket as I, a nobody, has done , and help them out with a secret Merry Cristmas!!! Do SOMETHING!!!!!! Better yet you will sit with a calculator and see what your Township has brought in?!? You all discust me!!! Happy Happy Holidays to All of You!!!!!! May your greediness help you find the paths to hell! EXAMPLE USED NOT REAL, BUT CLOSE TO MANY OF THEM SO AS TO NOT CAUSE EMBARRASSEMENT!!!
GTWatchdawg December 02, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Pamela, don't you think that the over $3.8 million in red light camera revenue, could have supplemented the very temporary shortfall until most people could get caught up on their sewer bill and property tax. It seemed that most of which was due, was GT & CC MUA, as IF they were hurting for money. Keep in mind the GTMUA not only makes money on OUR recyclables, but from other towns bringing their recyclable compost and revenue generating items to Gloucester Township. Your thoughts or anyone else?
Paul J. DiBartolo December 02, 2012 at 06:46 PM
As government efficiency goes, I think the next step will be to form a NJ-UA, a Mid-Atlantic Regional-UA, and a Federal-UA. That should bolster the money chests for a while until they figure out exactly how they will tax us for using the Internet. Oh, I almost forgot, we'll also need an North American-UA and a Global-UA that can probably be presided over by all our frenemies in the U.N. Think about it, waste is a terrible think to mind so everybody's got to get their fair share of the trash tax.
Rock Bottom December 02, 2012 at 06:51 PM
....Oh boy.... I guess they'll have to charge more for Hot Dogs at the BKLL snackstand this year so his name isn't on the list again. Pathetic
Darren Gladden December 03, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Yes I think the Crooks need to get voted out this year and replace the heartless people in TOWN HALL . I thinking about running for mayor this year and replacing ever leader and person that DO NOTHING BUT GET FAT off of hard working people of this township ......Any thoughts anyone
Rosa Flounoy December 03, 2012 at 11:42 PM
There should be a law mandated to protect homeowners risking their home for taxes. Hell, the mortgage alone is enough but when you've paid off your mortgage, you are still in the same boat being harrassed and penalized for failing to pay high taxes. Today, it's all bout the "Benjamins." "money talks BS walks. It's just not right putting people out their homes because they are behind in their taxes. Then you have elected officials in your Township stab you right in the back. That's why our world is seeing and experiencing so many natural disasters, because OUR GOD is not happy with what he is seeing, the World of People who show no compassion and THEIR GREED THAT FEEDS OFF THE POOR. America is slowly growing into a third world country, where there will be a status of rich or poor.
@xxLouA December 03, 2012 at 11:58 PM
time for a change from top to bottom but the same thing will happen as it always does.......
GTWatchdawg December 04, 2012 at 12:07 AM
When you watch the council video, do you notice ANY of the Council members, Administrator, Solicitor, or Mayor sensitive to the people of Gloucester Township's needs or situation? They didn't seem to care that the Governor extended tax payments, or what other towns were doing. They just wanted to "accelerate" the tax sale process. Then publish people's names on the township website. Add another 18% as well. What a town. Use the &$%@#& red light camera money until people can fulfill their responsibility.
Darren Gladden December 04, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Now , Now GTWATCHDAWG yes the one's in office now OMG don't get me started are bad but what about the people before them who are ALSO to blame for what going on in this town today . WHO do I a American believe in the GTGOP that rise taxes when in power or the GReedy one's in power today ......You all have egg on your face ...So stop the Drama and understand we need a new visson . new leadership new ideas to stop the crooks from cooking the BOOKS but there so many wronger doers ....What do u do .........." Hey Just care , I do and start a new day http://youtu.be/kurlFsg-jAA
Michael December 04, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Darren, sometimes, when I read your posts, I have to ask myself if your delusional. Either that, or you have a limited understanding of how our township government works.
Big Daddy 1 December 04, 2012 at 04:35 PM
On this issue, the township is dead wrong and I don't care what the law is. To put someone's house up for tax sale when someone is less than 30 days late, or for a small amount is HIDEOUS. The law needs to be changed. And anyone choosing to do it needs to find another job.
rob December 04, 2012 at 04:43 PM
i wonder if we can find a lawyer willing to start a class action suit against the township an get our 40.00 fees back
GTWatchdawg December 04, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Don't forget the 18% that someone will make when they BUY the tax lien from the township or MUA. Doesn't it make you wonder who will be buying those liens? Make people suffer both the $40 fee + 18%. and they only say it's the law? Shows how much they really care about the actual real people of this town.
Tom Catz December 04, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Robert, you hit the nail on the head! That fee is not only completely arbitrary, but I don't recall being advised about it in any prior correspondence. When Comcast threatens to shut off your service, they tell you that you might incur a reconnection fee. Had I known there'd be an additional fee, that might have influenced my payments, as though interest wasn't enough.
@xxLouA December 04, 2012 at 06:09 PM
without GTMUA & CCMUA involved On the other hand there are many banks involved because they sometimes send payments in late and they pay all these fines, charges as it was in my case. But they are supposed to send out warnings about your name going in the newspaper as deliquent and to me I would say these morons in the TWP are screwing with my credit.
GTWatchdawg December 05, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Great Blog by Gary Frisch on the tax sale issue. Seems to also know this town very well.........and those who run it.
GTWatchdawg December 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM
TAX SALE DAY IN GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP. This should have been postponed like the Council meeting.
Michael December 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I'm sure they postponed the Council Meeting to avoid talking about the tax sale again.
Gary Frisch December 18, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Why do you think they postponed the Council meeting, which was supposed to be held yesterday?
@xxLouA December 18, 2012 at 04:06 PM
and why should they waste their precious time talking about Tax Sales????
GTWatchdawg December 18, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Keep in mind that they are naming the replacement for Gentek. They figure that hardly anyone will come to a meeting between Christmas and New Year. Not many show up most nights anyway. That needs to change. But keep an eye on the replacement.
@xxLouA December 18, 2012 at 11:04 PM
It will be some gofer for that crew .....but comes vote time....they should be voted out but same thing in the election for the big time....he got voted back in....and now he gave us a 1.7% COA ....now isn't he and his CAB wonderful people...... I could say more but won't
Roger Delgado December 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Hi Lou, Can you please translate this message? I don't understand the 1.7% COA statement. I can figure out the rest. Not that I disagree about the independence of Gentek's replacement.
@xxLouA December 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM
oops! typo.... COA = COLA = Cost Of Living Adjustment sorry about that
Charyl Burley April 26, 2013 at 01:44 AM
The people, especially the senior citizens need to petition the state and local government to keep them from stealing our homes. Seniors have built this state and yet they are being forced out of their homes by these high property taxes. Funding schools and municipalities through property taxes is an unfair system especially for those on fixed incomes.

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