Thursday, October 13, 2011
The township can't get out of its current contract, so will have to wait to join neighboring towns in the cooperative pricing agreement.
Township officials are still interested in joining other South Jersey towns in a bargaining unit striving to reduce the cost of trash-disposal services. They're just going to have to wait a little longer thanks to a change in ownership at the disposal facility. Gloucester Township could not join eight other towns that last month entered a 14-month cooperative pricing agreement with a Camden trash incinerator because it is under contract with Mount Laurel-based Republic Services through Dec. 31, 2012, according to township Business Administrator Tom Cardis. The contract's "language is specific that the only way we could shift and go to the incinerator ... is if Pollution Control (Financing) Authority offers a lower price. That facility is …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Third-quarter tax bills will be mailed this week.
The Township Council voted Monday night to extend the due date for third-quarter tax bills to Aug. 23. The bills have not been sent out yet. Business Administrator Tom Cardis explained during Monday's Council meeting that the township was awaiting its municipal aid figure from Trenton before it could strike a tax rate and send out the bills. The aid figure came in last Thursday afternoon, he said. "Our bills will be out by the end of this week," Cardis said. Bills paid by Aug. 23 will not incur any penalties or late fees. Bills paid after Aug. 23 will, however, incur interest from Aug. 1 until the date of payment, according to the resolution. Aug. 1 is the regular due date for third-quarter tax bills.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Officials indicate this will be the last payment the township will ever have to make for the landfill.
The Township Council will vote at its meeting Monday night to finally approve a bond ordinance for more than $1.2 million to pay its portion of a "cash call" from the trust put in place to monitor the Gloucester Environmental Management Services, or GEMS, landfill. Council unanimously approved the ordinance on first reading at its June 13 meeting. "This is hopefully the last cash call. I don't think they can make another cash call after this one," Business Administrator Tom Cardis said during the June 13 meeting. Remediation at the GEMS Superfund site, which the state closed in 1980, is being overseen by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Past "cash call" bond …
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Township Council will consider an amendment to the proposed budget at a May meeting.
When the mayor rolled out the township's proposed calendar year 2011 budget in mid-March, it did not include a tax hike. It still doesn't, but the township may now be dipping into its anticipated surplus to cover some expenses that were not factored as Mayor David Mayer and his budget-crunching team put together the township's 2011 spending plan. The township will advertise the proposed amendment in its official newspapers—Courier-Post and The Record Breeze—over the next few days. Business Administrator Tom Cardis explained during Monday night's Township Council meeting that officials have decided to add $151,300 to the fuel budget, given sharply rising oil prices. "We were dealing with what the (gas prices) were in September, because that…
Thursday, February 24, 2011
As Gov. Christie promised during his budget address, municipal aid will be stagnant.
The township's schools will see moderate increases in state aid for the coming school year, while the township itself will have to contend with being flat-funded. The state Department of Education and Department of Community Affairs each released aid figures late Wednesday afternoon. Gloucester Township Public Schools (GTPS)—a district that includes eight K-5 schools and three middle schools—is slated to receive $47,964,252 for the 2011-12 school year. The aid figure would represent an increase of roughly $955,000, or about 2 percent, from the current school year's $47,009,478 in state aid. "Any time we don't go backward, it's encouraging news," GTPS Assistant Superintendent John Bilodeau said this afternoon. GTPS was expecting "less-than-…