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Camden, NJ Property Taxes On The Rise

Posted by on Saturday, 29 January, 2011

Camden, New Jersey

 – Yesterday morning the New Jersey Local Finance Board, part of the state Department of Community Affairs, voted to waive the city of Camden’s 3 percent cap on taxes. This will let Camden raise municipal property taxes to 23 percent.

The expected $4 million in funds that will be added to the city’s budget as a result will go to the rehiring of approximately 30 to 35 police officers and 8 to 10 firefighters, according to city spokesman Robert Corrales.

On January 18th, 168 police officers and 67 firefighters were let go. This left Camden, one of the country’s most crime filled cities, with only 200 officers.
This will be the first tax hike for Camden taxpayers in 10 years. Mayor Dana Redd “has been working nonstop to find solutions,” Corrales said.
“We’re trying to be fiscally responsible and wean ourselves off state aid,” he said. “The state aid isn’t always going to be there.”

Chief of Staff for the Mayor, Novella Starks Hinson, said the city is exploring all options to expand the budget, including combining services, such as IT departments and recreation, with the school district.

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