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What You Missed from This Week's Council Meeting

Nearly 60 percent of the township saw their taxes go down in the latest reassessment, according to the township manager, and the price of the Wesley Bishop project goes up.

For those who couldn’t make it to this week’s township council meeting, there were a few interesting items that didn’t make it into a full story, but were nonetheless noteworthy. Here are a few leftover tidbits from the meeting:

  • Township manager Scott Carew said taxes went up for nearly 42 percent of the properties in town as a result of the latest reassessment, with 12.5 percent of the increases being $250 or less. Fifty-eight percent of properties experienced a tax decrease, and 12.3 percent of those went down $250 or less. , when the last revaluation was performed. Some residents have complained that their taxes went up despite a decrease in their property value. Carew explained why: "If you decreased in value, but not as much as the actual town decreased in value, your taxes will go up." Appraisal Systems Inc. (ASI), which performed the reassessment (as well as the 2008 revaluation), is currently meeting with property owners who have questions about their new assessments at the Lenola Fire Hall. To schedule an appointment, contact ASI directly at 201-493-8530 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Township council approved two change orders for the field improvement project at Wesley Bishop North: $5,104.56 for work PSE&G has to do, and $16,325 to install fixed football goalposts. Carew said the goalposts were initially built into the project, but were removed by Alaimo—the township engineers—when town council decided to scale back the project in late 2011. "Unfortunately, one of the things that we cut was the goalposts," said Carew, who called it an "oversight" on his and the township's part. The overall project cost is approximately $1.35 million.
  • Council once again pledged its support for Perkins Center for the Arts' application for a historic preservation grant. The grant will allow the center to create a long-term preservation plan for the historic structure at the intersection of Camden Avenue and Kings Highway. Perkins treasurer Paul Canton said the organization has already submitted an application to the state Historic Preservation Trust for $45,000. Assuming the application is approved, the grant requires a 3-to-1 match, meaning the township would have to put up $15,000, presumably from the Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. Deputy Mayor Chris Chiacchio called it a "textbook historic preservation" project. 

Council will hold its next regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the IT room at Moorestown High School.

Archie Bunker February 03, 2013 at 07:08 PM
so then he has stopped crime in school? Great can you provide examples? Have there been drug arrests to justify the cost?
Archie Bunker February 03, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I spy, obviously you cant add any legitimate other than your rant about "get off town councils back". However, despite your feeble attempt to dismiss me, you have stumbled upon an important point. I do wonder who asked for the police officer. Probably not the police, it would more likely have been decided between the school board and township,..
Ed Nice February 03, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Hey mtwnres that is not true. the old station was not purchased with open space, recreation, farmland or historic preservation money. and according to STEM means they can't use any moneys on it because it wasn't acquired by the fund like they sued about last year and neither was Perkins as suggested by Chicchio. Not that I mind because I agree they are both ok uses just like fields and I am glad to see using the fund for ALL USES!
Dave February 05, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Archie, if you could stop commenting due to the stupidity of your erroneous conclusions it would make everyone happier. Also the money which would could possibly be saved by eliminating the position is irrelevant to the fact that Officer Wright has made a profound impression on kids from the past, present, and without a doubt ones who come in the future. If you want examples of how Officer Wright has changed the high school why not go directly to the people most influenced by him? The kids are where you will find the true value of Officer Wright's services and if that does not sway you from your insensitive thoughts then I do not know what will. The cost of having an extra safety precaution is out weighed by the fact that he significantly reduces the risk in various tragic situations and has become a central figure in the school. Essentially stop whining about the slim portion of money the township will be saving and think about the situation in the realm of life.
Archie Bunker February 05, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Dave, I will overlook the fact that you come across as a whining petchulant little girl spewing your feelings about my "insensitivity" and erroneous conclusions". There already was a comment by a former alumni that stated the policeman was not needed. I asked simple questions: 1. What does he do all day? 2. Could this not be outsourced to save money on perks and legacy costs? 3. Is the extra police officer not better served in the community? Yet you and everyone else can not offer answers to these questions. If the above is all you have, please stay out of the discussion and let the adults talk.

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