Approximate 12% tax increase. Why are taxes going up again in Gloucester Township ?

Gloucester Township, Camden County

The answer is easy. The answer is always easy.
It is SPENDING. Previous stories in GTNews has indicated that just about every year, Gloucester Township Business Administrator states that the budget must go up
as a result of "storms", and the budget is increased. The following year the budget is prepared for that same number of storms. The next year comes and the same number of storms hit, and they request more money for storms knowing that taxpayers won't remember the money allocated for the storms is already in the budget.

So what happens to that money? Well, according to Gloucester Township Administrator Tom Cardis, “Once the budget lapses, that money is gone,”. Just about every year, it's the same thing.

It's a political game called "tax and spend" and Gloucester Township is at the tops in their field.

What makes this even more difficult to residents is that people are leaving Gloucester Township, thus the tax burden is left to those still here. Who makes up for the loss in taxpayer populations? Those still here, and you are seeing it again this year. Does the Mayor and Council reduce spending? The budget every year does not indicate that.

It actually indicates more of the same. Tax and spend.

A 3rd Supermarket to come to Erial. Literally in Acme's backyard.

Gloucester Township, Camden County

At Monday night's council meeting the sale of a small parcel of the Nike base that has sat vacant for years, may just have something new in store for the Erial part of Gloucester Township.
The resolution R-16:04-136 indicates an agreement of sale between the township and LIDL US Operations LLC, could mean discount German grocery chain could be in the works on the southern end of the Nike base property, which is located right behind the Erial Acme.

LIDL US, is based in Arlington, Va, and is expanding it's operations in the US. "In German, the I's are pronounced like E's."

LIDL is currently seeking to build in the Raleigh, N.C area, as they seek the location in Erial, Gloucester Township.

Gloucester Township budget and spending. $49.2 Million in 2011 to $58 Million in 2016.

Gloucester Township, Camden County April 2016

These figures are from the Gloucester Township website.

2011 $49.2 MILLION (sheet 42)
2012 $51.6 MILLION (sheet 42)
2013 $53.3 MILLION (sheet 42)
2014 $54.6 MILLION (sheet 42)
2015 $56.4 MILLION (sheet 42)
2016 $58 MILLION (sheet 42)

Gloucester Township out of pocket "co pay", is out of taxpayers pockets.

Gloucester Township, Camden County

How many other towns in South Jersey, or anywhere for that matter have you heard of Public workers, MUA, municipal employees, get a health care plan that is not only paid for my taxpayers, but the "out of pocket" co pays that we all have to pay, are reimbursed up to $750 per year by Gloucester Township taxpayers.

Any taxpayer or resident of Gloucester Township can request that information from the municipal clerk, or custodian of records at MUA and other entities.
It is called OPRA or open public records act.

Is it the ultimate golden ticket. Top rate insurance, and co pays reimbursed by taxpayers.

Issues that we will continue to follow for the residents of Gloucester Township

The second property tax increase in 3 years.

The "Field of Dreams" and how it can get done THIS YEAR.

Local streets and roads getting filled, but not any better.

Comcast Township, aka Gloucester Township, NJ

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

Just across the Delaware river from Philadelphia, Gloucester Township, gives Chicago a run for its more than questionable dealings.
As if it weren't bad enough that Mayor (Comcast) Mayer, and Council, have township residents locked into an exclusive agreement with Comcast for the next almost 19 years on cable TV,
the township showed another "sleeping arrangement" with Comcast once again.

Residents of Gloucester Township began getting letters in the mail, alerting them that their electric, AND gas suppliers would now be under "Energy Rewards" an Xfinity/Comcast company.
The letter from the Comcast owned company says, "We are excited that you chose Energy Rewards for your energy supply.
The letter they received from the GAS company, South Jersey Gas, states "Congratulations on choosing to participate in the NJ energy choice program".
Last but not least, PSE&G' letter states, "This letter confirms YOUR choice of a new electric third party supplier.

The problem being, that these residents chose NOTHING. They made no switches, no requests were ever made. Gloucester Township Mayor and Council made that choice for them.
The township is allowing Comcast to take over these utilities, making the residents have to "Opt out" not the way it is normally done as people making their OWN choice.

It might be interesting to know that Mayor, David Mayer is not only the FULL TIME Mayor of Gloucester Township, but he is a FULL TIME LOBBYIST for that same Comcast corporation,
or as Comcast would term it, NJ Director of "Legislative Affairs". Some might ask the "conflict of interest" or collusion questions.
The energy supplier deal price is for a limited time, and Comcast customers, know where that is headed, just check your cable bill.

Letters attached: Click attachments lower right

Why are "Red light Cameras" still up in Gloucester Township?

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

After an early departure, the "red light cameras" discontinued in New Jersey early in 2015, yet they still remain in Gloucester Township.
New Jersey into a 5 year pilot program, in which the cameras would be used, and examined, for their usefulness for "safety" throughout the state.
The legislators along with Governor Christie decided that it was time for the cameras to go. Most people in the state felt that they were a "money grab"
for towns and municipalities, and also felt that they caused "rear end" accidents then they prevented.

Now that the cameras were no longer needed in Gloucester Township, we ask why are those cameras still here. Those same cameras in other states have also been utilized for checking speed, and citing drivers for speeding with no police officer discretion on site. Is Gloucester Township lining up for that use, and who is paying for those cameras to sit on local poles?

Those cameras could certainly be making money for other towns across the country, so why would they still be sitting on poles in Gloucester Township?

$108 MILLION in debt, Gloucester Township Mayor and Council talk about $10 MILLION more debt for "Artificial turf"

As voters go to the polls tomorrow, they should consider the amount of debt that the local politicians have racked up. Gloucester Township has bonded/borrowed
upwards of $108 Million that has doubled since 2007 when Vice President of Council, Orlando Mercado was elected to office.

The township currently has Mayor Mayer speaking with the leaders of local youth sports groups about adding another $10 Million of debt to add "artificial turf" to many of the fields around the township. Not only are there health questions about the base of the turf on the youth sports field, but those same children will inherit, that debt.

It's things like that, that lead some Independent Democrats to go out on their own and join the Republicans in this council race, to what they call "Fiscal Responsibility",

It's nothing more than common sense. People should know that when they cast their vote. It's not just their future, but their children.



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GTNews may be opinionated, but Gloucester Township Patch is proving themselves to be Mayor Mayer's press hyperlink.

Gloucester Township, Camden County 6 Aug 2015

When negative news about the local Gloucester Township politicians and elected officials, spreads by word of mouth, local Newspapers like the Courier Post and Inquirer, are felt to be a lock for the Norcross machine. It is pretty much accepted that they won't print stories about their "friends.
A few years back, a young man came to town, and started the Gloucester Township Patch. Sean McCullen, would come to council meetings, school board, and attend events.
He would generally print what he saw, or at least write about how he saw it. He grew to gain a reputation for being fair and honest. The local news hyperlink began to grow, and get very popular amoungst Gloucester Township residents and even the blogs got busy discussing McCullens stories. The Patch was were you could go to catch up on local news and politics from a neutral point of view.
Since then, two new local "journalist" took the wheel. one is now gone, and are running the local Patch that appears that Mayor Mayer is handing over most, if not all of the information that they want out on patch. The negative news on the Mayor's team is apparently suppressed. With still no TV coverage of council meetings. Most in Gloucester Township will never know.

Recently the Vice President of Council Orlando Mercado made a motion to completely shut down the public portion of the July 27th council meeting. The basis of that motion, is that he did not agree with what the Local Republican resident had to say. Even though he never did hear what it was the resident was going to say.
It was seconded by Councilman S. Daniel Hutchinson, when again unanimously approved to stop ALL residents from speaking at the public portion.

Interestingly enough, Patch put out a story for the Mayor Mayer administration about "Red Light fatalities" across the country, which sounds very much like the Mayer's reintroduction to the "red light cameras" and the revenue that the tax and spend government misses.

Residents have for the past week tried to reach out to Patch, but they have not answered those calls, nor have they returned any of those calls.

Below is the link by the NJ Open Government folks on what the Patch had no interest in;