What IS SHOP GT. How it helps taxpayers, and why is it held up?

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VACANT HOMES IN Gloucester Twp. Who cares, and who doesn't

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When GT Officials are in a pickle, they always come up with a "dill". Here we go again?

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

In the past, when Gloucester Township elected officials upset the public, or in an election season they are at risk, they go to the same arsenal of "make believe".
GT residents have heard from promises past, the arrival of positive, revenue producing entities coming to the town. When the current administration was first elected into office, residents were told of a magnificent tournament baseball complex that would fill the forever empty Nike base. Today, that empty Nike field still sits empty. There was the promise of a new Data storage Center coming to the Lower Landing road area. Just like a Disney movie, that also dissipated like pixie dust, not to mention that "Cloud" and other technologies already made that center project obsolete.

The Mayor and Council went back again to the Nike Base area for another revenue producing "rumor", that being of the supermarket chain Lidl, coming the Nike area, right behind the existing ACME market. Besides the Vineland/Millville area, Lidl has expressed no interest or intentions of bringing their chain store to the Gloucester Township area. Thus, again, that area remains untouched.
The current "rumor" now floating about comes from the 42freeway.com sight, indicating that a Dave & Busters may be coming to the Gloucester Premium Outlet area, which by all accounts is nearing the twilight of it's "Tax Abatement" period. Could it be a tax revenue producing venture? Could it actually be something that gives the township a needed shot in the arm? Could it in fact, even be coming to the town? If history is any indicator, of promises fulfilled, here in Gloucester Township, then we may just come up empty once again.

If you were a business, looking for a place to locate, that also benefits your business, and you had another choice, what would you do?
Looks like Mays Landing may very well be the Landing spot for that Dave and Busters.

42freeway.com on Dave & Busters http://www.42freeway.com/dave-and-busters-coming-to-gloucester-township-...

In Gloucester Township there is either no reporting on the tax increase, or the Administration's slant on the story.

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

Even when the GT News, reports on the lack of reporting on the additional huge property tax increase that Mayor Dave Mayer, and council are implementing, to the Gloucester Township residents, a story finally emerges. The only problem is that it looks like so many others that have emerged from the GT Patch and Courier Post.

The residents, and taxpayers of Gloucester Township are very smart people. They grow to learn more and more about their town with each passing year. Is a matter of fact, their knowledge jumps even more every other year when twp Mayor and council raise their property taxes. In 2014, it was 9%. In 2016 an even bigger 12%. In between both of those years was a local election. One for council, and one for Mayor and council. Residents once again face in another off year election tax increase. This time an additional 8%.

If you were looking for this story to be covered by the Courier Post, or the Inquirer, we already know that is not likely, as the twp Mayor has many friends in media places.
Many residents have seen stories like this appear on the GT Patch, that appears to be nothing short of a jargon filled press release by the Mayer administration, but maybe the Patch is avoiding that for now.

The new kid on the block in township is in the southern end of town, known as the Sicklerville Sun. The Sun has done a decent job of covering the $5 million Mullen roof story, but maybe that got them put in "time out" by the township powers that be. The most recent coverage of GT's newest 8% property tax increase, looks very similar to what the residents have come to expect from the Patch, or CP.

The Sicklerville Sun's rendition of what the people of Gloucester Township already know, and what appeared on the Sun's pages are two very different stories. The Sun's story includes language that has often been heard by the town's Administrator Tom Cardis. Filled with appropriations, levy, and within the 2% CAP jargon, is not an honest, nor balanced review of what is occurring to the residents. When you describe the 8% increase as "This year’s tentative tax rate is 1.091, which is a .079 increase from last year", instead of the simple percentage that taxpayers will deal with, that is nothing short of intent to confuse. Again, they must think that GT residents are less that intelligent.

The Sun also goes on to quote "According to business administrator Tom Cardis, the increase is still $2,386,089 below the 2 percent tax levy cap and $1,292,000 below the appropriation cap". No matter how you slice it. When intelligent people see another 8% increase, Gloucester Township Math doesn't add up. It never has. We would have thought more of the Sicklerville Sun, then to allow the administration to sway the story, but again, GT residents know better.

It's simple math, spin and jargon doesn't work anymore. We hope that in time, the Sun sees the benefit of presenting simple numbers, and simple facts. When you rely on Politicians as a source, you get spin and jargon.

We will keep you posted on just where the council meeting on April 23rd will be located as more information comes in.

Bring your passion, but also bring your patience to the Gloucester Twp council meeting. Know what to expect at a public meeting.

Gloucester Township, Camden County

With knowledge, comes power. Know that when you attend a municipal council meeting there is a protocol. Especially in Gloucester Township.
The Council President conducts the meeting. He sits dead center of the council pulpit, right next to the twp Lawyer. The council president will invite the public to speak on
"AGENDA" items only in the first public portion. That means that you are addressing ONLY items that appear on that night's agenda. The council President will only allow each member of the public 3 minutes to speak with a maximum of 15 mins for that 1st portion. Note, always address all comments and questions to the council President ONLY.

The council will then go over that night's agenda and cast votes for those Ordinances and resolutions.

The council President will then announce a 2nd public portion for the public to speak on ANYTHING. That is when the public and taxpayers may speak on anything that concerns them within their township. Each member of the public may only speak for 5 minutes, with a maximum time for that portion of 30 mins. The council President can if he wishes to extend that time or someone may ask him to wave that time limit.

When GT residents plan to attend the council meeting on April 9th, you may want to bring your patience with you. The meeting start time is always 7:30 pm sharp. On the night of the 9th, the council will allow the GT scholarship committee to select the winners of the township's students that will receive those scholarship gifts for college. This takes about 30-45 mins.

Council members are now scheduled to go into "closed" session, which means that they will leave council chambers and go into a private room to discuss items that are not for public knowledge at this time, like a legal, or employment matter. This could take 10-30 mins. No way to know for sure.

The council meeting will then finally be called back to order whereas, all of the above information on the meeting protocol applies.
Remember, your elected officials work for you. If they say something that you do not agree with, or do not understand, just say EXPLAIN. That is their job.
Please be mindful, that when coming to a council meeting, a metal detector is used in the hallway before entering the council room. Plan accordingly.

There are no dumb questions. Learn, and enjoy by attending YOUR meeting of your elected officials.