Double digit property tax increase again in 2018 very possible, after election year borrowing

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

On the heels of a 12%, 2016 property tax increase, Gloucester Township is poised to be back in a double digit tax increase again for 2018. The township has bonded more in the past few years in an effort to head off tax increases, but those bills also come due. The down side to all of the borrowing, is that "debt service" allows the township to raise property taxes above the state's 2% cap.

Gloucester Township has had some sizable tax increases in the past, including, 26% in 2010, 9% in 2014, and again an additional 12% in 2016. Those property tax increase have been called timely by pundits, as they have occurred months after the local elections, and the incumbents were re-elected.

In 2017, this is once again a local election year, with the Mayor, and council already have approved a $6.6 Million bond to borrow more money to again avoid another tax increase. It is expected that those officials will try to introduce another "zero" increase in the budget, which is now approximately 42% higher than when they came into office in 2010.

History indicates that the township will indeed increase the budget in 2018, and along with "banking" the 2016, 2% cap allowed, they will add that to the increase that could take the property tax increase well into the double digits for next year.(They have banked the cap frequently on the past) The township appears to be losing residents over these taxes, and more vacant homes are become very obviously visible.

The township budgets are available on the township website, but most residents do not find them user friendly, other say it's impossible to follow.

GTTAXES reports that the DEBT CLOCK will be off by almost $7 Million before February

Gloucester Township, Camden County,NJ

When Gloucester Township Council convenes on Monday January 23rd, it will have a second reading of ordinance O-17-02. They will then submit to Mayor David Mayer a new bond, borrowing an additional $6.6 Million dollars, adding to the to $114 Million total township debt already borrowed.
The DEBT CLOCK that is run by the www.gttaxes.com , would then need to be adjusted up to that new figure, and the site apologizes for the inaccurate debt keeping until this legislative process is complete.

How hard has the Gloucester Township property tax increases hit your Holiday wallet?

Gloucester Township, Camden County

As Gloucester Township residents rested their taxpayer revolt hats, another taxing reality has taken shape. What the huge bite out of your wallet, did to the money you were hoping to have for the December Holiday gifts that you wanted to buy family members and loved ones. Some folks are going the route of "bargain hunting", others are cutting back. However there are those who would like to crawl up into a ball, until the Holidays are over, because they just don't have the means to buy gifts for those they have in the past. The property tax increases have taken their toll on not only folks who pay their taxes quarterly, but those who pay it in their mortgage. The new monthly mortgage has jumped up enough that less or no money could be saved for the holidays.

Those seniors that get a property tax freeze, will still be required to pay the higher property tax, then wait for the State to reimburse them months later. Some are losing their homes for the higher property taxes which has increased to higher than their mortgage ever was. Gloucester Township Politicians should have thought this through hard before hurting the people of the town the way that they did. Residents are people. It hurts the people of Gloucester Township

Recovery Centers of America making another bid to Build in Gloucester Township

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

Representatives of Recovery Centers of America are to appear Dec. 14 before the Gloucester Township board, which denied approval to the company's project in March. This has not passed the previous two times, before that very same board, as the residents of Gloucester Township packed the room, most in opposition of the addiction recovery center.

Most felt that the location was the biggest issue, with the centers, and residential project being located on Peter Cheeseman Road, directly across the street from Camden County College, and other schools near by.

Residents listened for hours as the testimonies of those representing the center spoke. Some very good points were made on behalf of the need for the center. The residential recovery process would have included many home/apartment structures for the "sober living" development portion of the recovery, that could last for months.

Many involved in discussions following the meeting, asked why this project would not be better suited in the "Lakeland" section of the township, as it already has other facilities that are a more comfortable fit for the project.

The RCA representatives made a great presentation, and surely exemplified the horrors that families are living and dealing with this heart breaking addiction. Many stating that they knew someone afflicted with this addiction. The board allowed all RCA representatives to speak in length, and listened attentively, at times asking very important questions, both in understanding the "illness", it's repercussions, and the impact that it might have on the area. Both sides were for the most part respectful of one and other for the duration.

It all may just come back to the most important question for Gloucester Township residents. Location, Location, Location.

Finally, a representative of the people of Gloucester Township. It's just a start

Gloucester Township, Camden County

On Tuesday November 8th, the residents of Gloucester Township not only went to the polls to vote for President of the United States, but also came out for their local school board candidates. In an unprecedented local election, there were 13 candidates vying for 3 GT school board positions.
Included in that field was 2 incumbents, that have served their town, but were allowing the system to take GT down a very costly path. The result of that election has led to candidates that were not previously part of the system.

Jennifer O'Donnell had already been attending the school board meetings for the past several years, questioning the board about not only decisions that the board was making, but how much it had already been costing the taxpayers of the township. She has been an Independent voice, but with the backing of others at those same meetings.

Gloucester Township has also seen the birth, and uprising of a "tax revolt" organization, due to the huge tax increases over the past 6 years, that has come about from the "business as usual" practice of the establishment, that has been in complete control for those same 6 years. So it seems only fitting that someone should begin to rise from that community based organization. The people of that group surely came out to show their support as the results have clearly indicated.

Along with O'Donnell, the people of Gloucester Township elected 2 other newcomers to the board. Tracey Lynch, and Joseph Angeloni will be joining the GT school board when they reorganize in January. The two are not known participants of the tax revolt organization, or previous office holders, so it seems that they will also be able to bring fresh new ideas to the board. It is the hope of many that the 3 new school board members will not only improve the system, but will openly answer many of the unanswered questions that have been presented in the past that have remained, unanswered. It is believed that the "establishment" and the "system" was the issue, certainly not personal

The 2 incumbents, that were not re-elected to the board are Linda Gilch, and Ellen Reese. The people of Gloucester Township thank them for their years of service to the board, the residents and the children that they served.

GT News endorses Pildis for BHP school Board. Also Fretz and O'Donnell for GT school board

Gloucester Township, Camden County

Gloucester Township News is supporting the selection of Charles Pildis for the Black Horse Pike Regional school board.
Gloucester Township News also supports the selection of Terri Fretz and Jennifer O'Donnell for the Gloucester Township school board.

These school board candidates not only responded to public community group's request for a forum, but showed up to answer the group's questions, promising to actually answer the "public's questions at school board meetings which is not the case with the current school board. Most often, questions are responded to by the board's attorney, but not often addressed or answered. These candidates vow to end that practice that often frustrates residents that attend those very meetings.
These new faces should bring fresh new ideas to the school board and remove some of the local politics that has plagued districts in many South Jersey towns.

They also stated that they are in no way a part of the Gloucester Township local political "machine".

Is the "Courier Post" snubbing the Gloucester Township Tax Revolt?

Gloucester Township, Camden County

As the various news media is picking up the GT Tax Revolt, the so-called "South Jersey" newspaper is nowhere to be found.

The "Revolt" picked up it's initial steam from a column in the Philly Inquirer's Kevin Riordan, and he also followed the masses to the GT Revolt meeting, tweeting, and blogging as he did at the Aug 22nd council meeting.
The overwhelming attention to the "revolt" was picked up by NJ.com, including an editorial. This morning New Jersey's radio station NJ101.5 posted a story on their website, which included comments from a GT United leader.

Radio talk show host Dom Giordano has been following the plight of Gloucester Township's residents through not only this tax revolt, but even as far back as when Mayor Mayer was closing down Halloween a few years ago. He continues to receive phone calls from GT residents on the 1210 AM station here in the listening area.

One resident says that " if you have to call the media to cover a story this big, well then they are not much of a newspaper". It is very curious as to why the Courier Post has neglected to cover this very unique event here in S.Jersey. Residents say that the "Revolution" will continue to grow with, or without the S. Jersey newspaper.

The Gloucester Township tax revolution gains steam as the only major credible newspaper in the area puts it out there.

Gloucester Township, Camden County

After a very fierce and energetic council meeting Monday night in Gloucester Township, the fervor has not settled down. In fact it has been ramping up as the residents and taxpayers of the town are lighting up the social media world.
The Philadelphia Inquirer broke the story about the angry residents in attendance when during the "public portion" those taxpayers let council members really have it.
One after another residents stepped up to the mic and told their story of the hardships that they are enduring, due to the huge debt and spending that helped fuel this rather "hefty" property tax increase.

Gloucester Township News will continue to keep residents informed as the information, and facts become available.

After huge property tax increase, Gloucester Township residents address council members.

Gloucester Township, Camden County

Gloucester Township residents packed the council room, as they express their anger over a huge tax increase, having local residents paying between $400 and $1400 more every year for property taxes. Some told some very sad and heart wrenching stories of trying to survive already on existing taxes, other expressed great anger, telling council members
"enough is enough". Council members were obviously prepared for the residents, but it did very little to give residents justifiable reasons to raise their taxes so high, after just having done so 2 years prior.
Council videos are available at: Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO8QpU_Hpls&feature=youtu.be
Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1_B6Cd4pj0&feature=youtu.be

How does borrowing and debt effect your property taxes?

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

When a New Jersey municipality wants to raise your property taxes, the state holds them to a 2% tax increase CAP. The municipality must stay within that 2% if they want to raise property tax on it's residents EXCEPT.......Debt service. The tax increase can go well over 2% if the municipality has debt. Again, the debt service is not included in the state 2% CAP.

Theoretically, the more debt your town has, the more they can increase taxes above the CAP. Other reasons are described in a story by the Asbury Park Press, called
"Why the 2% CAP is not always 2%.
http://www.app.com/story/news/politics/new-jersey/2014/08/01/nj-tax-cap-...