Will GT School Board ignore the roof warranty, inspection, outrageous pricing, and approve no bid roofer for Mullen?

Gloucester Township, Camden County,NJ

Even after pressure to table the almost $5 Million Mullen school roof resolution, will the Gloucester Township school board move forward with the no bid contract?
Residents asked common sense questions of the board, like the active 40 year warranty on the school. Questions were also asked about the lack of inspection prior to the solar panels being installed on parts of the roof, as well as a local commercial roofing company owner present at the meeting, believing that the roof was nearly double the cost, for that project.

GT School board has the resolution up for discussion at Monday's workshop meeting on the 12th. A vote should not be called for by the board, but they are capable, and able to call for a "special" session, to vote it in. That is not on the workshop agenda, but one never knows.

The taxpayers of Gloucester Township should be keeping a very watchful eye on this action by their school board. Ignoring the active warranty, the excessively elevated price, and the blatant disrespect for the taxpaying residents of the town, should be cause for concern, now and in the future of business practices of those who spend the heart earned dollars of those same taxpayers.

When the vote is taken, expect the path to follow it's task master Joseph Angeloni. If he votes "Yes", the political establishment board members will unmistakably vote in lockstep with him. It is the hope of many in township that this will not happen, and this roof will cost the industry price, of about half, and still be the quality work that we expect.

GTNews will follow up and update residents, as this resolution is discussed, before the vote.

Gloucester Township School Board makes one good move, and one very bad move.

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

One Monday night, February 26, 2018, Gloucester Township school board reluctantly voted to "table a vote on an almost $5 Million roof for Ann Mullen middle school. The residents spoke out on not only the outrageous price of the roof, but also existing warranties on the existing roof. The board was convinced enough for that night to vote yes (8-0) to table. The move was received by the residents as a good move for the town.

On the same evening, a motion to extend the "public portion" was made by board member Jennifer O'Donnell, that would allow more than the 30 minute maximum allowed by the board so that all residents could be heard on the roof, but the board voted that extension down. The motion to extend was seconded by Mary Ann Johnson. Voting no on hearing more form the public were
Mary Jo Dintino – President
Tamara Jackson
Susanne Reilly
Deborah Simone
Joseph Angeloni
Tracey Lynch
Absent was Vice President Mark Gallo.

A public meeting is not only for the public to attend and observe, but to voice their concerns, and question their governing bodies. This is not only anti transparent, but also ignorant by some standards. More governing bodies should want more input from their residents and tax paying public, not limit them or shut them out. We hope this changes for future meetings.

Follow up meetings will be updated as the $5 Million Mullen roof resolution is discussed .

Sen. Sweeney wants to "blow up" property tax system and start a new. Will GT Mayor Mayer fight him to keep taxpayer dollars?

Gloucester Township, Camden County. Jan 30, 2018

NJ State Senator Steve Sweeney (D- Glou co) appeared on Fox Business News, and interviewed with the Philadelphia Inquirer, wanting and proposing to "blow up" the NJ property tax system, and start over. He clearly proclaims that New Jersey taxpayers already pay too much. His recommendation, is to make "tough choices" in the way NJ does business, along with looking at public employee salaries and pensions. He sees that not only continuing to over taxing the rich, but all taxpaying residents will lead to a mass exodus. So LOWERING property taxes may be solution.

In Gloucester Township, Camden county, they have seen some rather humongous property tax increases since 2009. The residents have actually seen as much as 42% increases since Mayor David R. Mayer (D- Glou Twp) took office in 2010. Gloucester Township has not only seen record tax increases, but has also seen record borrowing and debt. It has become more of a habit for the Politicians of Gloucester Township, that may not be able to be reversed, or reined in due to such historical debt.

If Sen. Sweeney is able to get some of his property tax ideas in and out of Trenton conference, will Mayor's such as Gloucester Township's Mayor Mayer, be able to support his fellow Democrat in reducing taxes, and control spending.

The Federal government has just past new tax reductions that will give more of what all workers earn, keep in their own pockets, but that doesn't mean New Jersey residents will get to enjoy what the rest of the country will see as a windfall. It appears that Sweeney clearly sees that and might just be making an honest attempt at what NJ residents have been yearning for, however, that would put Dave Mayer and Mayors like him in a difficult position. Can Mayer break old habits, or will he stand against his party's representative to keep those hig tax and spend habits going? This should be interesting to see how this plays out.

Are generous, across the board salary increases right after the election, salt in the wound of Gloucester Township residents?

Gloucester Township, Camden County,NJ

Fresh off of an election victory, Gloucester Township Mayor Mayer, and his Municipal council have on their agenda, for the first meeting after election day, what seems to be some very generous raises across the board for the township administrators.

The agenda appears to list out what looks like most, if not all, who work in the township's municipal building some fairly hefty raises, that seem to include, the township Administrator, and Mayor's staff. Other mid level employees of the building also look like they are in for some nice boosts in their paychecks as well.

Was timing of this proposal suspicious, or just a coincidence, one may ask. The people of Gloucester Township who have just voted earlier in the week may want to be the judge of that.

Either way, this may not sit very well with the taxpayers of the tax weary town, after last years huge property tax increase, and substantial surplus that residents did not receive back in the way of property tax return for their being overtaxed. The questions may be best suited to ask the Mayor, or Council members at this Monday's council meeting, beginning at
7:30 pm November 13, at the town's municipal hall.

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, and how his team could curb that unnecessary 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.


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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?