Mayor Mayer labeling all kids as bad with over reaching Halloween curfew?

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

It seems that we have been down this road before with Gloucester Township Mayor, Dave Mayer.
Shortly after taking office, Mayor Mayer imposed a very harsh 7 pm curfew for Halloween night and the days before. It is understandable to keep an eye out for the township on "mischief night", but to impose those extended restrictions on the youth of our township for October 29, 30, of 7 pm is not quite fair to our kids, who always do the right thing, and have no reason to be bunched with the few that may cause trouble. 8 pm for Halloween night.

Mischief night has for the most part disappeared, as you don't have the trouble that have been in the past, when those over 30 were kids. Imposing a 7 pm curfew for the 29th is even more unnecessary, and Halloween night is a night when parents are out with most younger children.

Gloucester Township has a few bad eggs, but most kids in this town are good and respectful that are out and about before 10 or 11 pm. Trouble comes out later in the night.
Mr. Mayer, Gloucester Township has one of the best Police departments around, and certainly has the tools to keep our town safe, and a watchful eye on our town.
Let the parents and Police, do what they do best. Don't try to be their parent. This is not a Police State, and certainly is not the U.S.S.R.

You have taken us down this road before, and the youth of Gloucester Township proved to you and us that they can handle this. We went without much trouble after you attempted this before. Do not take that trust away from those kids that earned it last time. Given a chance Mr. Mayor, they might just prove you wrong again.

As sky rocketing taxes continue, the local race has 2 sides. Team Mayer vs $aving Gloucester Township.

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

For what is turning out to be a contentious local race for Gloucester Township Mayor, and 3 council seats. The political ads are out in force.
The "Saving Gloucester Township" slate is getting their flyers, lawn signs, and mailers out in the typical grass roots effort to unseat the incumbents, those same incumbents, are going all out with constant mailers, signs.

The residents are also being inundated with a barrage of pop up ads, and TV commercials, all over mainly Comcast Cable.

The Challenger Mayoral candidate Frank Radisch is informing voters of wasteful spending that could curb spending, that would lead to lower Property taxes. Putting out an multi point plan to bring taxes down, and give up luxury spending when residents are losing their homes or moving out

In contrast, incumbent Mayor Dave Mayer, is boasting the costly luxury turf fields, and other "Premium" items for residents, that are upgrading the town of 65,000. The Mayer Team candidates, also boast "saving taxpayer dollars", curiously enough, it was not stated "saving TAXPAYERS dollars.

Those in social media and blogs are talking only 3 things, Taxes, Taxes, and Taxes. Not something being mentioned by the current office holders in GT.

Will the chant of taxes, taxes, taxes ring load enough on Nov 7th? Remains to be seen.

2017 Gloucester Township Budget: Mayor, Council Vote to Pocket $5.2 Million Surplus.

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ (Re print)

Gloucester Township Mayor Mayer, and his Council team, voted and approved a measure that allows the township to keep (pocket) the residents taxpayer dollars, instead of returning those dollars back to the taxpayers in the way of a $260 property tax reduction. That would have helped a struggling community that in the past 7 years has endured as much as 42% property tax increases, along with hefty increases in the township's DEBT.

Those tax increases came along just after Mayer was elected in 2009. In 2010, the taxpayers saw a nearly 26% increase followed by continuing in creases of almost 10% in 2014, and again 12% in 2016. Coincidentally, those increases came the following the township's election of its local officials.

A property tax decrease would have turned Gloucester township in a positive direction, that could have avoided the many vacant homes that have appeared in the township over the past few years as some residents were not able to overcome those massive tax increases.

There is another local election this coming November for Mayor and 3 council members. Let's see what the residents chose this time around.

Why would local Incumbent office holders push hard for Vote By Mail?

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ.

With the November elections nearing, the local incumbent Mayor and Council are mailing out flyers encouraging voters to "Vote By Mail" to avoid the election day lines.
Local elections in southern New Jersey have not seen 40% voter turnout in many many years, so why would there be this push. Lines? It is thought that the county and local
"machine" Politicians have over used, or abused the intended purpose of the vote by mail process, which used to be called, "Absentee ballots, used for when a voter was n't going to be home to vote, or if a voter was physically unable to make it to the polling place.

Camden County, especially Gloucester Township has seen well above average VBM ballots cast, most often in those county, and local election years, as compared to many surrounding areas. It makes one ask, what is in it for the Politicians. Just ask yourself who is pushing them. We'll let you decide for yourself.

It's time for the NJ Legislature to close the loopholes that ALLOWS towns IGNORE the 2% state mandated tax CAP.

Southern New Jersey

Just because you can, does not mean you should. How many times have we all heard that? Well, it seems that just about every other year certain municipalities choose to go their own way, and perform the "New Jersey 2 step". In other words, ignore the State's property tax 2% CAP. These select towns will give them whatever loophole that Legislators provide, some abuse it more than others. Towns such as Princeton, and Gloucester Township, in Camden County. Both towns have chosen to find ways around that CAP, and there is no relief in sight. Princeton bumped up Property Taxes above 6%, with Gloucester Township raising their 2016 property Taxes a whopping 12%.

It is now time for our elected legislators, to close those loopholes, and go to work for the People of New Jersey. By using the word "extraordinary" for circumstance that need that extra measure, it's time to look at that very word, and not use it as a crutch. The other and most abused 'exemption" is debt service. Not only does it allow towns to use this highly abused service, but it adds an additional incentive, to borrow, and bond more, and continue to circumvent, and ignore the 2% CAP.

Close every loophole and analyze every town's request to be exempt from the CAP, or even better, put it to a referendum, and let the taxpaying residents decide, if THEIR town should be able to go above the CAP. After all, those are the people that are going to pay for it.

The actions the current Mayor and Council effects Millennials and the children of Gloucester Township's future.

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

When a local government spends well past it's means, it can only mean one thing DEBT. Borrowing, or "Bonding" for unnecessary expenditures,and frivolous items lead to a mounting debt for both future residents (taxpayers), and digs in to what today's residents can spend on their children, and young adults college, and expenses.

The Gloucester Township PROPERTY TAXES are made up of not only the 2 school districts high budgets, but the borrowing DEBT of those schools and the township government mounting debt. The combination of those DEBTS have accumulated to over $100 MILLION, and will have to paid in years to come.
Even though GT makes it's payments of those debts, they continue to rack up NEW debt each year moving the debt bar farther, and passing that debt on to new generations of young people here in the township, or those planning to buy a home here near their family.

When bonding for needed or necessary expenditures is done, it does appear that our government does not budget very well or run the municipality with great efficiency, but when you borrow in the MILLIONS each year for unneeded things, one has to wonder WHY? Well, some see it as a way to avoid back to back to back TAX INCREASES, others also see creating surplus. Government has to understand that is NOT their money to accumulate, its the taxpayers.

The young people of Gloucester Township, that hope to buy a home here, close to their family may have seen that possibility just vanish, due to the mounting DEBT and frivolous spending of their government. A great paying job will be bitten into greatly to stay here in Gloucester Township. Is it worth it?

Philly Inquirer accommodates Mayor Mayor's zip code "identity crisis" story, while residents yearn for substance on taxes (Editorial)

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

The Camden county democratic political machine continues to flex it's media muscles, and utilizes it's sources to run a lame story out of Gloucester Township about Mayor Mayer's unfortunate " identity crisis" due to 7 zip codes. A patronizing picture of the Mayor shuffling Gloucester Township identification road signs, heads the article. The article has an amazing resemblance to a re-election campaign ad.

Gloucester Township has had those zip codes for many many years, and it kind of allows the suffering town's Mayor, an opportunity to avoid the issue most effecting his dwindling residents needs and concerns. Taxes. The Mayor and his team boast that they are "transforming Gloucester Township", and judging by the growing number of vacant homes, they seem to be keeping that very promise. David R. Mayer was elected in 2009, and took office in January of 2010. That year the residents of Gloucester Township saw a 26% tax increase, one of the largest property tax increases in the town's history. It was followed by another 2 double digit increases in 2014 and again 2016 of nearly 10% and 12%.

Since 2010, Gloucester Township taxpayers saw their property taxes rise over 40%, which is easily viewed as the basis of the mass exodus, from the once great South Jersey town.
In a time when people in GT are hurting, and some losing their homes, feel good stories are not what folks want to see. They really want to see their taxes go down. Most know that, that will just not happen. The Mayor's township Administrator (accountant) stated that publicly on more than one occasion. Some on social media are finding the story painful, at a time when their neighborhood is emptying. One resident not so jokingly commented that maybe it was time to give Mayor Mayer a new zip code.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/for-south-jersey-township-7...

Gloucester Township Mayor and Council. Deception or Coincidence?

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

Just before the last Gloucester Township Council meeting, the Local GT Patch, wrote a story notifying the residents that the involuntary Electricity Aggregation program was being discussed at that August 14th meeting. More residents than usual showed up for that meeting. Council President Orlando Mercado began the first "public portion" of thanking the resident for bringing up the aggregation program. Councilman Mercado went on to say that the program that was being discussed was for public buildings and entities within the "county".

Mercado also went on to criticize the Gloucester Township Patch for putting that out that brought the residents out to the meeting. He also commented that the residential program would be held sometime in the future.

Just one meeting later, the RESIDENTIAL Electricity aggregation program is slated and buried in the "consent" agenda, for both PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric customers in Gloucester Township. Many of the questions still remain unanswered about if you need to "OPT OUT" again. The other question is what GT residents ACTUALLY saved with the program, versus what the overall savings have been for the duration of the program.

The local Patch story may have only been off by one meeting, in it's story about the Residential Electricity Aggregation Program. It may have been helpful if a council member or council President Mercado would have indicated that this program, effecting most residents would be heard at this very next meeting. People need to know this things, so that they can speak to their elected officials BEFORE they vote on such items.

Mayor Mayer's friends put him on TV, but he talks about everything EXCEPT for PROPERTY TAXES and VACANT HOMES and DEBT.

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

Gloucester Township Mayor, David R. Mayer certainly has his friends in high places. Friends in Trenton, friends in the county, and most certainly at Comcast and the local TV stations.
He and his team have made it a point to reach out to them, to introduce the area to many of the "pomp and circumstance", and ribbon cuttings that he had lined up for this election year. Most of them have been "feel good" items that make this town look "visually" good. He has not, however been before the camera addressing the most important issue that effect the residents of Gloucester Township. What has he and his team done about PROPERTY TAXES and the consequences that has led to the growing number of VACANT HOMES in town, not to mention the enormous amount of DEBT, that will most certainly lead to more huge PROPERTY TAX INCREASES in the near future.

Mayer is without a doubt a very seasoned and polished Politician. He knows how to jump in front of the still, and television cameras. His position at Comcast may also help with that.
The residents and taxpayers of Gloucester Township have seen in the Mayor's 7 years of office taxes rise after almost every local election, upward now of 42%, and most years their team feels real good about their re-election prospects, but this year might just be different.

Maybe it's time to make your last TV appearance and be HONEST with the people of Gloucester Township. Even a dog can only stand so much pain before gets up off of the nail that's
been poking him in the belly, for so long. For the record, "GRANT MONEY" comes from another taxpayer source that comes from GT Resident's pockets.

How did ZERO turn out to be ANOTHER TAX INCREASE in Gloucester Township? Residents growing weary.

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

Gloucester Township Mayor, David Mayer along with Council, may have ANNOUNCED a ZERO increase in this year's tax levy, but what exactly does ZERO mean?
Council still needed to raise revenue for good ole open space which was used for many things then was originally intended as we knew "open space"
Along with GT's local increase, the local schools will always dip their ladles into the pot, along with the County.

For those not familiar with this constant barrage, the County Democratic Machine is like an Octopus with the usual 8 tentacles, with FRIENDS, and FAMILY having a tight network to
co ordinate this see sawing tax elevator that does not contain a DOWN BUTTON. They will continue to do what they do and always expect the usual voting base to put them back on office.
The voters always come through for them, as a great number of that base has or knows someone that works for the Municipal, County, or Vendor chain. They will always have that "Persuasive" way of counting on votes.

After the constant hammering to the residents of Gloucester Township, which have now seen their property taxes rise 42% over the past 7 years, this might finally be getting to everyone regardless of party. This could be a very interesting local election year.