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.

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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?

Philly Inquirer accommodates Mayor Mayor's zip code "identity crisis" story, while residents yearn for substance on taxes (Editorial)

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

The Camden county democratic political machine continues to flex it's media muscles, and utilizes it's sources to run a lame story out of Gloucester Township about Mayor Mayer's unfortunate " identity crisis" due to 7 zip codes. A patronizing picture of the Mayor shuffling Gloucester Township identification road signs, heads the article. The article has an amazing resemblance to a re-election campaign ad.

Gloucester Township has had those zip codes for many many years, and it kind of allows the suffering town's Mayor, an opportunity to avoid the issue most effecting his dwindling residents needs and concerns. Taxes. The Mayor and his team boast that they are "transforming Gloucester Township", and judging by the growing number of vacant homes, they seem to be keeping that very promise. David R. Mayer was elected in 2009, and took office in January of 2010. That year the residents of Gloucester Township saw a 26% tax increase, one of the largest property tax increases in the town's history. It was followed by another 2 double digit increases in 2014 and again 2016 of nearly 10% and 12%.

Since 2010, Gloucester Township taxpayers saw their property taxes rise over 40%, which is easily viewed as the basis of the mass exodus, from the once great South Jersey town.
In a time when people in GT are hurting, and some losing their homes, feel good stories are not what folks want to see. They really want to see their taxes go down. Most know that, that will just not happen. The Mayor's township Administrator (accountant) stated that publicly on more than one occasion. Some on social media are finding the story painful, at a time when their neighborhood is emptying. One resident not so jokingly commented that maybe it was time to give Mayor Mayer a new zip code.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/for-south-jersey-township-7...

Gloucester Township Mayor and Council. Deception or Coincidence?

Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ

Just before the last Gloucester Township Council meeting, the Local GT Patch, wrote a story notifying the residents that the involuntary Electricity Aggregation program was being discussed at that August 14th meeting. More residents than usual showed up for that meeting. Council President Orlando Mercado began the first "public portion" of thanking the resident for bringing up the aggregation program. Councilman Mercado went on to say that the program that was being discussed was for public buildings and entities within the "county".

Mercado also went on to criticize the Gloucester Township Patch for putting that out that brought the residents out to the meeting. He also commented that the residential program would be held sometime in the future.

Just one meeting later, the RESIDENTIAL Electricity aggregation program is slated and buried in the "consent" agenda, for both PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric customers in Gloucester Township. Many of the questions still remain unanswered about if you need to "OPT OUT" again. The other question is what GT residents ACTUALLY saved with the program, versus what the overall savings have been for the duration of the program.

The local Patch story may have only been off by one meeting, in it's story about the Residential Electricity Aggregation Program. It may have been helpful if a council member or council President Mercado would have indicated that this program, effecting most residents would be heard at this very next meeting. People need to know this things, so that they can speak to their elected officials BEFORE they vote on such items.