Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer introduces the 2013 municipal budget during Monday's Council meeting.
Residents would receive roughly the same municipal tax bills this year as they did last year under the proposed 2013 township budget. The township's 2013 budget, as introduced by Mayor David Mayer during Monday night's Township Council meeting, calls for the same exact tax levy as the 2012 spending plan's. "I'm very proud to say that for four years in a row, we are introducing a budget that holds the line on taxes," Mayer said. "We've worked hard over these last three-and-a-half years to straighten out our township's finances, to upgrade our bond rating to an A+." The $53,489,254 spending plan is to be supported by a $37,346,064 local tax levy—the same tax revenue called for to support $51,616,205 in appropriations for 2012—Business …
Friday, January 18, 2013
State Sen. Michael Doherty drafts a bill to pull red-light camera revenue out of the hands of municipalities.
A North Jersey state senator is pushing legislation to force municipalities to give up revenue from red-light cameras and challenging the notion the cameras are for safety, but a Gloucester Township official questions the sharing aspect of the bill. State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Hunterdon-Somerset-Warren), who has previously sponsored legislation aimed at banning the cameras outright, fired directly at town officials in drafting the new bill, claiming the revenue from tickets—which run drivers $85 per violation in Gloucester Township—is the real purpose behind having red-light cameras in place. Instead of leaving the money in the towns’ hands, Doherty’s draft bill, which has yet to be introduced, would divert all red-light camera revenue …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Gloucester Township's deputy police chief thanks three township officials for their efforts in the wake of the Dec. 28 shooting inside police headquarters.
Gloucester Township Police Deputy Chief David Harkins used his final opportunity to speak during Monday night's Township Council meeting to thank three officials he says were a huge help as the township's men and women in blue recovered from the Dec. 28 shooting inside police headquarters. "I just want to publicly thank Mr. (Tom) Cardis, the mayor (David Mayer), Mr. (Len) Moffa and all the support that we got from the incident of the shooting at police headquarters, especially Mr. Moffa and Mr. Cardis, to ensure that our police station was restored as quickly as possible. Personally thank them," Harkins said. "The many officers have to pass through there and are working there now, and it was very important for us to get it back to a level …
Friday, November 30, 2012
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. ---------- 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…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Everything Gloucester Township put up for auction on Nov. 10 was purchased.
Gloucester Township's auction of surplus property earlier this month was quite a success. The township brought in $44,000-$45,000 in revenue with the Nov. 10 auction, according to Business Administrator Tom Cardis. The auction featured retired police vehicles, confiscated cars, landscaping equipment, electronics, bicycles, office supplies and more. "Everything sold," Cardis said Monday night. The auction was held at the Department of Public Works compound on Erial Road.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Gloucester Township didn’t include the required spending cap with the contracts awarded to Blue Sky Power LLC and other professionals, making the agreements open-ended.
The township failed to comply with the state’s Local Public Contracts Law in awarding three lucrative agreements to a politically connected energy consulting firm, an investigation by Gloucester Township Patch has found. This means that the contracts have essentially been open-ended, with no limit on the total amount the firm, Blue Sky Power LLC, can charge the township for its work. Municipalities are required by state law to prepare documents known as certifications of funds when entering into contracts with private vendors. The certifications must indicate how much money is available for the contract within the local budget. Those figures serve as a cap, according to Lisa Ryan, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Community Affairs…
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The township has seen tipping fees drop over the program's first three months, the business administrator said.
The township's new single-stream recycling program has not just benefited the environment—officials say it has also saved the municipality money at the dump since it began in late 2011. In defending the cost of a 2011 advertising campaign cited in last Saturday's Gloucester Township Patch report on billing deficiencies by the township's energy consultant, Business Administrator Tom Cardis reported during Monday night's Township Council meeting that tipping fees paid to Mount Laurel-based Republic Services will drop by more than $150,000 in the first year of the single-stream recycling program. The township paid an average of $299,136.46 per month for garbage disposal over the three-month period December 2011 through February 2012—about $38…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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. The 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…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The business administrator says the move will save money by weeding out unnecessary lines.
The Township Council is expected to vote Monday night on whether to authorize publication of a request for proposals (RFP) for an upgrade to the township's internal telephone system. The RFP would also seek to move the township to a new phone service provider. The township's contract with service provider Line Systems Inc., which acquired the company with which the township had initially come to a contract agreement, Magellan Hill Technologies LLC, in November, expired last fall, according to Business Administrator Tom Cardis. The township has been working on a month-to-month contract with Line Systems ever since. Council previously approved an RFP for a provider. "The intent here is to combine the replacement of the carrier service with a…
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Council also approved a resolution to advertise for professional and banking services solely on the official township website.
For the second time in about a month, the Township Council on Monday approved a $545,500 bond ordinance on first reading that would allow the township to purchase 12 new police vehicles. The measure was approved by a 6-0 vote (Councilwoman Crystal Evans did not attend Monday's meeting). It is expected a public hearing on the bond ordinance will be held at Council's Nov. 28 meeting. The 12 vehicles being sought by the township for use by the police department are 10 "pursuit-rated," four-wheel-drive Ford sedans and two sport-utility vehicles, according to Business Administrator Tom Cardis. Council initially approved the police vehicle bond measure on first reading during its Oct. 12 meeting, setting the governing body up for a public …