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New Jersey Approves Big Property Tax Hike In Camden

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) – Plans to raise Camden’s property taxes by 23 percent have cleared another important hurdle.

The state’s Local Finance Board agreed Friday to lift the city’s cap on property-tax increases. That means the hike, which could raise $4.2 million, would take effect once the City Council approves the municipal budget.

That will likely happen on Tuesday. The state panel’s vote came just days after the city government slashed it work force, laying off 400 employees including nearly half the police department.

Mayor Dana Redd has said the tax increase, which would be the city’s first since 1996, could help the city rehire some laid off firefighters and police officers.

City spokesman Robert Corrales estimates that 30 to 35 officers could rejoin the force, while eight to ten firefighters could be rehired. However, no formal decisions have been made.

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  • Nancy53410

    RIDICULOUS! This entire government just DOESN’T “GET IT”. The administration has KILLED us as far as jobs and the economy…… the so-called middle class is DYING out here. Those still working are offered NO PAY INCREASES, in fact, they are being asked to take on more of their own benefit expenses. No Cost of Living increases for couple years now because our government claims it hasn’t been warranted………. and yet EVERYTHING IS GOING UP!!! I don’t get their way of thinking!!!! Gas is skyrocketing, food containers have gotten smaller while the price has gotten higher Does every politician have NO FAMILY out here struggling with the rest of us???? Or they just don’t care their relatives can’t manage being in the same situation as the rest of us???? Every one of their hearts are ‘cold and dead’ to everyone else. We don’t need them. They are the most ‘greediest’ people in this country.

  • Jack K

    Well if there weren’t already enough reasons for residents to move out of the city, now they have one more.

  • Nick

    No jobs, no tax paying drug dealers everywhere and zero public safety with 300 laid off. Residents will come up with this extra from what?! Did the mayor and her staff take pay freezes and foroughs to help? What a joke? Corrupt politicians did this but the people will take the fall as usually

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