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Township Budget Introduced, Brings No Tax Hike

The proposed budget, if adopted, would keep the local property tax rate the same as last year.

Residents would receive the same municipal tax bills this year as they did last year under the proposed 2012 township budget.

The township's 2012 budget, as introduced during Monday night's Township Council meeting, calls for the same exact tax levy as the 2011 spending plan's.

Th budget proposal carries "a zero increase for the third straight budget year in a row," Council President Glen Bianchini said.

A public hearing on the 2012 budget has been scheduled for Monday, April 23.

Councilman Sam Siler was among several elected officials to publicly thank Cardis and his staff, as well as Mayor David Mayer, during Monday's meeting for putting together a budget without a tax hike.

"We'll take a look at it and see if any additional cuts can be made," Siler added.

The $51,616,205 spending plan is to be supported by a $37,346,064 local tax levy—the same tax revenue called for to support $49.4 million in appropriations for 2011—Business Administrator Tom Cardis said.

Cardis noted the township will use $3.8 million from surplus to help keep the tax rate where it was for 2011. The surplus fund would dip from about $5 million to a little more than $1.2 million under the budget, he noted.

The township is expected to receive in 2012 the same $5,106,459 in state aid it received in support of its last two budgets.

While a handful of residents clapped loudly after Council unanimously voted to accept the no-tax-hike budget, a few took to the microphone during the meeting's public portion to ask why the township could not reduce taxes, particularly in light of newfound revenue.

"Being proud of a zero-increase budget is great politically, but for taxpayers, if there's an abundance of revenue coming in, maybe we would consider lowering our taxes rather than spending our money. Is that feasible?" Ray Polidoro, chairman of the Gloucester Township Republican Municipal Committee, said, noting increased revenue from red-light cameras along Blackwood Clementon Road and commercial development in Sicklerville in recent years. "Maybe there's a few things we don't need to buy."

Cardis indicated there's very little flexibility when building the township's budget given mandated payments to the public employees' pension programs, ever-rising insurance costs and debt service, among other appropriation hikes from year to year.

"There is a need for $5 million in work," the business administrator said, referring to a $5 million-plus capital spending plan for which Council approved a bond ordinance on first reading Monday night. "This is a big town. ... If you're saying we shouldn't spend money on capital (improvements), I respectfully disagree."

Mayer, who has introduced the budget since taking office in January 2010, did not attend Monday's Council meeting. He is attending the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. this week.

Dawn Rivell March 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM
They are CROOKS!!!! I can't stand not one of them lying, theiving crooks!
Schu March 13, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Rather see a decrease instead of a zero tax hike.
N/A March 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Congratulations to the residents of Gloucester Township. After buying into the “wanting change” and blindly electing a mayor who was not capable of doing the job we realized how badly we suffered in those 4 years and after the 4 years of Republican control from Mayor Rau Hatton whom introduced budgets with 23%, 24% and 22% tax increases in her 3+ years as mayor. The current Mayor, David Mayer, shows us all what it’s like to elect a responsible Mayor who knows how to run government. Now of course Paul, John Joshua Berry and Ton Crone will blast away but you need to understand 2 things before you do. 1. This is the 3rd straight year of 0 tax increases in our municipal budget. 2. The red light cameras were requested for our town by the former Republican Mayor if any of you ever choose to read the town minutes you cry you want so badly, you would have learned that by now. But I have to say it is nice to see you rip her incompetence for putting us into that pilot program.
N/A March 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Here is another bit of irony Republican Committeeman Roe Rodi proved beyond a doubt Monday night that according to the republicans in this town facts are just a distractions that they would rather ignore. When he went to the podium and made false statements about contracts that were awarded he was given an opportunity to read the actual contracts for solar energy plan so he could educate himself on the issues instead of reading it his response.....” I don’t want to read that!” why Joe you afraid the truth will hurt your attempts to mislead the public? GTwatchdog ( Ray Polidoro, GTRMC Chairman)and the rest of his Republican committee deceivers liars and only out for their own political gain and these statements are all the proof anyone needs to understand that.
Kalena Ross March 14, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Been busy listening and reading once again and it's funny how things never change. Same 4 or 5 guys throwing out false facts to see what stick and now they've dragged the editor into the mix! For three years this administration has held the line and you're still not happy!! "Lower my taxes", you're kidding right? If you were given a brand new car you would be the kind of people to find fault with the tires. Our mayor isn't Shepilov people, wake up. Those people you see up there are doing their best for us, quit your mud slinging and for the love of god STOP HOGGING THE MICROPHONE at every meeting. So sick of listening to you!
Darren Gladden March 14, 2012 at 02:27 PM
WELL WELL well the fake Kalena Ross tells people to stop hogging the MICROPHONE ........Step up and get a set WINJOB .
Paul J. DiBartolo March 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I haven't been paying attention for long enough to know different so I asked Council who championed the red light cameras and was told by council the our former police chief brought them in. Why, then, do you, "N/A", say Rau Hatton did it? Can you please sync up with your heroes and publish the same story?
Paul J. DiBartolo March 14, 2012 at 02:46 PM
If it wasn't for the citizens "hogging" the microphone and asking questions all we'd hear at council would be , "Roll call," "yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes." Look, Kalena, or whatever your name is, we're exercising our rights as citizens to be involved and ask questions; if it bothers you, do us and yourself a favor and stay home. Additionally, before you fade into the sunset, be so kind to identify the false facts I threw out.
ymbdfa March 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Well for one a false fact is who your stating applied to the state to bring us red light haven. Chief Earl is very, very good friends with Mayor Rau Hatton they grew up together. Yes it may have been his “IDEA” but the “IDEA” dies without support from the Sitting Mayor, whom was Cindy Rau Hatton. I have to say out of all the things Rau Hatton will go down in history for, like having our municipal bank accounts levied by the IRS for failure to pay our tax bills, Like the budgets she presented with the 23%, 24% and 21% tax increases in consecutive years, the Red light Cameras have actually turned out to be a good thing. After all they keep our tax’s level by generating revenue paid for by criminals like Darren Gladden who refuse to drive within our state laws despite being fined not 1x, not 2x, but 3x now and counting. You yourself Paul only have issue because as you stated you don’t know what the laws are on entering an intersection. Those red lights keep law abiding citizens like me and my children safe from the erratic irrational drivers like you two who have no fear of the law. If you ask me they should put more red light cameras in and make the fines more expensive and also make them carry points so irrational drivers like you can lose your licenses and get taken off the road so the rest of us and our children can be safe.
A. Carroll March 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM
What about the $414? Shouldn't our tax bills all be cut $414 apiece?
ymbdfa March 15, 2012 at 01:31 PM
We guess we just can't make all people have common sense, as your comment shows. Unlike the Governor your local government has truly taken the amount and applied it to the budget, so everyone benefits equally from Paul and Gladdens driving ignorance. Most people when they read a budget can see that. It is a shame Governor Christies attempts to buy votes confused so many people like you, with the homestead benefit scam he is running. People like you don't believe they get anything unless they have a check in their hand, and after all with someone like this governor and his record of lying cheating and stealing from us we honestly don’t blame you for your second guessing his motives.
ymbdfa March 15, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Your repeated questioning of if you are getting a physical check in your hand for $414 shows just how twisted Governor Christies policies are, and more importantly just how easily people can be mislead and confused. Would it have been better had they raised your taxes then sent you a check back for your overpayment like he does with your property taxes, oh wait you don’t get a check that money is directly applied to your what? TAX BILL? So are you saying you’re not falling for his game and you don’t believe you should have to do all that work to get your own overpayments back? That’s if you qualify to get it back in the first place. Our group agrees with the mayor it’s more economical and fair to apply the revenue evenly to every tax payer and disclose it in the budget. Doing this eliminates the Governors twisted logic that you can have 2 homes side by side with the exact same taxes and one may have overpaid and the other didn’t. How is that even possible? Seems like an incredible waste of time energy and expenses making people overpay their taxes and then apply to get back the overpayments.
Paul J. DiBartolo March 15, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Try to keep your facts straight, YMBDA, so at least you give the appearance of paying attention. I never stated authoritatively who brought Red Light Cameras to Gloucester Township because I did not know. So, I asked at Council Meeting. That's what normal people do when they don't know something...ask. I, therefore, asked a general question of Council as to who championed the Red Light Camera plan in Gloucester Township. If I remember correctly, it was Glen Bianchini, after getting Chief Earle's agreement, who stated that it was Chief Earle's predecessor. If you disagree with that and think there's falsehood involved in that answer then your issue is with Glen Bianchini and Chief Earle not me. Now, what's your point?
Darren Gladden March 15, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Riddle me this riddle me that , YMBDFA is back . Now Governor Christie runs the state .Mayor and his crew RUN this TOWNSHIP . Now listen hear I don't give a hoot about whats going on with STATE issues at this moment cause we are talking Local bussiness rite now "sir " .
ymbdfa March 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Paul most people do not spout off at the mouth false things and pretend they are facts. So basically you’re stating everything you said about the red-light cameras or the last 18 months has been am uninformed lie because you really didn't know the truth. That said why did you go around condemning people making false statements about them without any proof to back anything up? Usually only idiots do things like that. Now let’s see if you’re a man or your really just the SJC ponyboy (Joshua berry can tell you what that is he seems to have that experience on his knees) weasel that waddled back to his chair with his tail between his legs. As to your comment that most people ask questions at council when they are not sure of something, well that is true, but like you, weasels make uneducated accusations and demand other prove them wrong, which has happened in this case. When I scroll up I see you are the one that demanded the proof that you were wrong, You just got it, now are you a man will you apologize to Mayor Mayer and council for your irresponsible remarks? Better yet will you hold Ex-Mayor Rau Hatton and Crystal Evans (who petitioned the Governor for this) responsible the implementation of the red light cameras like you have done to this innocent council or are you just a complete hypocrite weasel?
ymbdfa March 15, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Darren you are so lost in what this article and this blog is about you could not find your way home with a guide dog. People like you are the problem and now we see you are profiting from a municipal hack job yourself. If I am to believe what your organization posted in other blogs on here you’re pension padding with your appointed position that makes you no better than the people you criticize. In fact it only makes you nothing more than a hypocrite.
Bill M March 15, 2012 at 11:29 PM
What a joke put up red light camera 's to steal from your own citizens. Then get suv's when gas go's to record high real smart
Darren Gladden March 15, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Really I'm a hypocrite atlest I'm a man that can Honor and stand behind what I have to say ......................
Darren Gladden March 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Ymbdfa ,,,,,This song is for you now come give me a Hug . http://youtu.be/vORYIaKiD_4

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