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 yearâs 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.