The investigation and clean-up continues in Camden, where the second major fire in a week took place on Saturday.
Officials are moving to take over hundreds of abandoned properties across the city, hoping to turn them into occupied and taxable homes. The effort started in the city’s Cramer Hill section.
Camden Mayor Dana Redd said Thursday that she’ll rehire 50 of the police officers and 15 firefighters laid off earlier this year amid a budget crisis in the city, which has seen a spike in crime.
A meeting held in Camden Tuesday evening provided a forum for residents who opposed a proposed tax increase that, if approved, could bring back some laid off public employees.
Camden City Council opted last night not to act on a budget proposal from Mayor Dana Redd that would immediately increase real estate taxes by 23 percent.
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.
Mayor Redd says up to 100 of the 168 police officers let go could be brought back if their union weren’t protecting its own interests.
The good news is that Camden is no longer #1 on the list. The bad news is that it is now #2.
Massive layoffs could become reality for the Camden Police force that hired 450 new recruits just nine months ago.
The mayor of Camden, NJ has announced a plan to prevent the city libraries from closing, by folding them into the Camden County library system.
The public libraries in Camden, NJ may not be closing after all. Camden mayor Dana Redd is announcing a rescue plan that will keep Camden’s public libraries open.