How was Timber Creek High School without power after a $20 MILLION dollar solar panel program throughout the schools in Gloucester Township??

Gloucester Township, Camden County

After a $20 MILLION dollar solar program, throughout all Gloucester Township schools, how was Timber Creek High School without power this week?
For what some are saying is a "horrible" eye sore, Timber Creek high school has solar panels plastered over every grassy area of the school property, the Black Horse Pike Regional school was without power earlier in the week, following the intense storm that passed through the area on Tuesday.

What exactly are hundreds of solar panels doing at the school and schools, township residents are asking.

Pictures of Timber Creek solar fields in Gloucester Township link below:

NOTHING is FREE. Grants are still TAXPAYER'S money. Why is it wasted on silliness?

Gloucester Township, Camden County

When politicians say that a project or program didn't cost the taxpayers anything, think about it. Government has no money. Government has taxpayer's money.
So when a "grant" pays for that project, you are still paying for it. Be it federal, or state, it still comes from you.

Is this what we really need to spend money on? In 2013, which coincidentally was an election year, Gloucester Township Mayor, Mayer spend "tonnage grant" funds on a TV commercial
on the recycling program that had already been in effect for 2 years. Better things could have been done with that money to offset taxpayer's costs and taxes.

Here is the recent video that Gloucester Township has put out. Maybe "Oscar the Grouch" wasn't available but friends and family were for the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wiunVOSNE0

3 Gloucester Township schools go into lock down after pharmacy robbery

Courier Post Gloucester Township, Camden County

Three schools went on lockout status Monday morning after an armed robbery at a local drug store.

Gloucester Township police said a man with a handgun held up a pharmacist at a Rite Aid store in the 1400 block of Chews Landing Road around 9:40 a.m., fleeing with prescription medication. Nearby housing developments and wooded areas were searched, but the suspect was not found

Three nearby schools — Glen Landing Middle, Lorring Flemming Elementary and Mother Goose Learning Center — were placed on lockout status for about an hour, with officers posted at each site to protect students and staff.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucester Township police at (856) 228-4500.

FACTS are FACTS MAYOR MAYER. They are not to be IGNORED.

Gloucester Township, Camden County May 23, 2015

In typical Gloucester Township fashion, Mayor Mayer is quoted in an NJ.com story that despite the census numbers, he "feels" that the town is "still growing".
Many residents and taxpayers may whole hardheartedly disagree.
When you look around the neighborhoods of Gloucester Township, it is easy to see that people are leaving. Businesses may be coming, but are they keeping up with the numbers of businesses leaving? When you give a lengthy tax break, or abatement,leaving stores, and local businesses have been seen the township, some heading to nearby Winslow and other surrounding towns.
It has also been noticed, that some of our more recent arrivals have been feeling pressure from the township administration, to have the township incorporated into their store front signs.

Politicians have long since used "census" figures to their advantage, even in township as they have set funding and aid to Gloucester Township by the "numbers".

Taxpayers want "growth" to make a difference in offsetting their tax burden. If taxes continue to go up after four "0"s then a 9% increase in the tax levy, the "new" ZERO is now 9% higher. Taxpayers feel growth, when their taxes go down and spending goes down.

Facts are Facts Mr. Mayer. Some times they go in your favor, But don't ignore the facts when they don't.

See Mayor Mayors comments on the NJ.com story at: http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2015/05/gloucester_township_is_growin...

How many homes are vacant in your Gloucester Township neighborhood? Taxes just to high for some to stay?

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

If you take a ride within your own development, will you see a growing number of vacant homes?
Even long time residents of Gloucester Township are finding it too expensive to stay in the home that they paid off, but can't keep up with property taxes.
Many homes seem to be on the market for a very long time, others are littered with stickers that indicate that the house in in foreclosure. In many cases, the property in not maintained, the grass is growing, store flyers are piling up, and some are getting windows broken and boarded up.

As home values decrease greatly, the tax assessment is not equal to the "true" and "real" value. The township has an "assessed" value, and even though other comparable homes in the development are selling for much less, the taxes are not reflecting the same.

The more homes that become vacant, the more those staying pay in taxes to make up the shortfall of those whom have left.

If you purchase a home for $210,000, but the home was last assessed at $330,000 , your property tax is on the assessed value, not that sale price.
Will your children be able to afford Gloucester Township, and stay close to their parents and family? Do the math. See for yourself.

Gloucester Township was at one time a great place to raise a family. Spending sprees by local politicians in the past 5 years has changed that.

Politicians infiltrate Erial Little League. Parents personal emails to be used as they have with all of other township youth sports.

Gloucester Township, Camden County

After several years of refusal to get involved with local politics, Gloucester Township politicians have infiltrated Erial Little League.
As is the case with most youth sports leagues, internal politics is not so uncommon, but politicians bring real politics to youth sports by using the parents private email addresses to ruin the game that children sign up for.
Gloucester Township has had a history of using the local youth sports organization's officers (Pres or VP) to gain access to parents private emails. In the past parents have attended council meetings to voice their concerns. It did not stop the party politics from making their way into the private email of parents who gave their email addresses for club use only, including schedules, and up to date cancellations or club activities and announcements.

Two years ago, the president of a GT sports club, refused to allow the local politicians to utilize the parents private email. Interestingly enough the club was rerouted under a new President more tightly connected with the "political powers that be". The only club that had not participated in this practice was Erial Little league. Erial coincidentally is the most successful organization in Gloucester Township.

Concerned parents should be made aware of what they are getting themselves into, when one of their officers gets into local politics in Gloucester Township.

Parents have a right NOT to have their personal email and information shared with people outside of the club, especially "Politicians"

In Gloucester Township, your private email is fair game as it has been in other youth sports organizations in this town. Like it or not. FACT just ask other youth sports parents in town.

In Gloucester Township, "ZERO" increase factually means 8.8% higher.

Gloucester Township, Camden County

As Gloucester Township Council and Mayor Mayer introduce what they call a "zero increase" tax levy in the current budget, they should inform taxpayers that their definition of "zero" is in fact 8.8% higher due to last year's tax increase.

In the first year of the Mayer administration (2010), they had already started with a 23.5 cent increase in the tax levy. Mayer's first budget was that 23.5 cents increase. The first order of business was adjusting the township to a calendar year budget process. In doing so, Gloucester Township received $5 Million from the state in transition to the calender year budget from fiscal year. The $5 million was to be applied to that 6 MONTH transition. Mayer and council also received an additional $5 million for the next budget.

After the introductory massive tax increase, Mayer and council introduced a series of "zero increases" passing on the allowable 2% CAP. After the re-election of Mayer and council they retroactively taxed the residents all of those 2% CAPS by virtue of "banking " those increases until after the election. Taxpayers of Gloucester Township should expect no less than a series of 4 zero increases with another 8.8% increase coming soon, but each of these "new" zeros are now 8.8% higher. The more they spend. The more they tax.

With a total township debt of over $100 MILLION dollars, including schools, the taxing and spending has to end. Call "zero" what it is.

Why does it cost $300,000 for 2 Police officers to patrol our schools in Gloucester Township?

Gloucester Township, Camden County:

There is no question that you can't put a price on the security of our children while they are in school, but is there justification for the $300,000 price tag in Gloucester Township?
Parents, Residents, and Parents should attend Gloucester Township Council meetings, and school board meetings, to learn more.

http://patch.com/new-jersey/gloucestertownship/questions-continue-over-f...
http://www.northjersey.com/news/special-officers-police-training-lower-p...

Is second time a charm to bring Camden Countywide Police force to Gloucester Township?

Gloucester Township, Camden County. Saturday March 21, 2015

Now after receiving a substantial pay raise at the expense of ALL Camden County residents, will the countywide Police come to Gloucester Township?
The possibilities are not just endless, but can indeed be probable. Some believed this to be the game plan all along. When the concept was introduced, Camden County Freeholders needed to find a way to bulk up the city's Police force, while expanding the resources to pay for it. By naming the department "Camden County Police" it would come at the expense of all county taxpayers. The state would assist early on, but inevitably, the burden would fall on all county residents. So what better way to move the countywide Police throughout the county then piece by piece.

Camden County Spokesman Dan Keashen as much as stated the intentions of just that, after boosting the Chief's salary from $163,000 to $230,000.
Keashen went on to say "We think Scott is one of the nation's top law enforcement officials, and we wanted to keep his services, he said the county also wants to tap Thomson's management skills for potential expansion of the county force to other municipalities".

(Source) http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2015/03/2...

It's only a matter of when. Camden County has seen this before. In 2013 this attempt was made when 7 county municipalities explored merging which would have helped the county "swoop" them all up as one rather than try to grab the 7 individually. Those towns were, Audubon, Collingswood, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Haddon Township, Mount Ephraim, and Oaklyn - have some of the county's smaller forces, ranging from 12 to 28 full-time officers, each led by a chief.

(Source) http://articles.philly.com/2013-07-24/news/40729792_1_camden-county-poli...

Insiders and Bi Partisan watchdog groups say "watch as the chess pieces move around the board. State Assembly Representatives, Freeholders, and local officials.
Watch for those pieces to move, and bonds to be formed. That's when you'll see things materialize".

In Camden County, there is no such thing as a coincidence. EVERYTHING happens for a reason.

Thank God it's Friday in Gloucester Township. Second jobs and OT for most.

Gloucester Township, Camden County

It's no wonder that Mayor Mayer, Public Works, and Municipal workers lover their Fridays.
As you have seen the good work done by public works in Gloucester Township during the last few months snow, keep in mind that on Fridays it is time and a half OT.
It is still a 4 day work week for Gloucester Township. The Mayor is able to keep his full time lobby position at COMCAST, Township Administrator can take care of his other towns.
Even Mayor Mayer's Administrative assistant Gabby Mosquera, can perform her duties as a state Assemblywoman.

This all began some years ago, before Gloucester Township had acres of Solar Panels. The 4 day work week was intended to help save the township on electric costs, but now with the Administration boasting all of the new green energy, the 5 day work week should have been re implemented. Most residents and taxpayers of Gloucester Township don't have the luxury of a 3 day weekend, let alone a Friday job, or even better, time and a half OT just for working Fridays.

So, it's no wonder that in Gloucester Township, they are still singing that song. Thank God it's Friday