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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.

Taxes February 01, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Scott Carew said taxes went up for nearly 42 percent of the properties in town as a result of the latest reassessment,
Ogie Oglethorpe February 01, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Hey "Taxes".....how about some cheese to go with that Whine!!!
Saul February 01, 2013 at 06:46 PM
doesn't that mean taxes went down for 58%! Great job Mayors Button and Jordan! I am glad people like taxes are paying their fair share now. It's a shame that someone like this hate us finally having a new library where we can go and hang out and read books.
Saul February 01, 2013 at 06:47 PM
What aftermath? Mayor Button and now Mayor Jordan have done great things the last 4 years. Are you finally paying your fair share too?
Kelly M February 01, 2013 at 07:07 PM
My daughter just got home from HS mid terms and told me that the town has decided to take the police officer out of the school. Was that discussed at the council meeting this week? Please tell me that isn't true!!!!
Rob Scott (Editor) February 01, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Taxes, 25,000 people? The total population of the town is only a little under 21,000. I don't know if that was a misprint, or if you meant something else. But that's not an accurate number.
Red Alert February 01, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Taxes, while I certainly understand your frustration, what exactly would your solution be on the tax issue? Individuals in our town were appealing their taxes after the last reassessment to a point where not only were we losing their tax dollars, but we were losing the money it took to deal with and fight those appeals as a town. My taxes have gone up as well, but alas, such is the end results with a reassessment done at the exact right moment last time.
Rob Scott (Editor) February 01, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Kelly M, I spoke with two people who would know if that kind of thing was happening, and they both said it's not true. Apparently what the police department has been discussing is rotating a different officer in to replace the one who's currently at the high school—not removing the officer altogether. There have also been discussions about increasing the police presence around the schools in other ways. So if anything, they're doing more to protect the schools, not less. If/when I get more information, be sure I'll report it. Hope that helps.
Kelly M February 01, 2013 at 08:09 PM
thanks for finding out so quickly, what a relief! But why would they replace the current officer? Our kids love him. I have two in the high school now and two in college and they all love him.
Eric Stratton (Rush Chairman) February 01, 2013 at 08:20 PM
My son just came home from school and said the cafateria is no longer serving sloppy joe's!!!!....Is this true??!?!?...
Kent Dorfman February 01, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Your son sounds like someone who should be stuffed in a locker!
Ace February 02, 2013 at 01:29 AM
The Township is not paying anything for the Percheron Park after acquiring the space. That, for once, was an appropriate use of Open Space funds--removing a hideous old gas station from Main Street. The park is being paid for by private donations raised by the Friends of Percheron Park.
Sam February 02, 2013 at 02:00 AM
the township paid 500k for the stupid lot didnt it. Who is paying for that ace. Was it free? How dumb can you be.
Ace February 02, 2013 at 02:46 AM
@Sam: read my words a little more carefully. All of them. Take your time. Your grade will not be affected. Unless you get it wrong again. Then you will get an E.
Sam February 02, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Ace read my words the stupid lot wasnt free! Waste of tax money! How much for a postage stamp. 500,000
Senator Blutarski February 02, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
Archie Bunker February 03, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Why do we need a police officer in an affluent school system? What does he do to justify the expense? If it is security, surely we can hire a "guard" retired police" etc.. for cheaper.
life time resident February 03, 2013 at 05:31 PM
It's interesting that you say nothing about the value of your home being considerably higher than it would be if it were in any one of these neighboring towns and our tax rate being considerably lower than these same towns. Town General Tax Rate Effective Tax Rate CHERRY HILL TWNSHP 5.874 2.938 PENNSAUKEN TWP 5.040 2.968 MT LAUREL TWP 4.095 2.174 DELRAN TWP 3.173 2.667 MEDFORD TWP 2.758 2.606 MAPLE SHADE TWP 2.552 2.473 CINNAMINSON TWP 2.353 2.408 MOORESTOWN TWP 1.949 2.035 source: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/lpt/taxrate.shtml The Effective Tax Rate is a statistical study that enables the comparison of one district to another district (based on the assumption that all districts are at 100% valuation).
life time resident February 03, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Hey Archie, we need a police officer in a school because affluent schools are susceptible to the same tragedies that non affluent schools are, as are Amish schools. By the way, Newtown CT. is a more affluent town than Moorestown is, in every measure.
Archie Bunker February 03, 2013 at 05:51 PM
So you are telling me that a police officer was placed in high school because the council foretold the Newtown tragedy years before it happened. That is not the original reason for the officer. So again, why is he/she there? what do they do? If you want to keep, hire a retired officer, it achieves two things: 1. the officer is back to patrolling and protection 2. Cheaper, no pension benefits etc...
Ed Nice February 03, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Hey Archie so Brian goes back on the street we hire another person to do his job and the school pays less so are taxes go down is that the idea? Ahhhh Wrong the money all comes from one place our taxes doesn't matter what side of the ledger the money comes from general funds or BOA funds we have now just hired another person to pay out of our taxes. General funds go up, BOA goes down but all in all we pay more. Leave Brain right were he is. He is a mentor to a lot of these kids and what he does for these kids as a role model can't be calculated in dollars.
Bill February 03, 2013 at 06:26 PM
If we hired a retired officer how does that save on benefits and pension ? Is he employed as township worker or a school district worker ? In either case, he gets benefits. PS - Columbine HS shooting (an affluent town) happened 14 years ago.
Bill February 03, 2013 at 06:29 PM
@Sam, it wasn't a waste of tax money. The land was purchased with money from the open space fund. Something we all contirbute to every year. Is there a different piece of land you wanted purchased ?
Archie Bunker February 03, 2013 at 06:41 PM
First, he does not need to be town employee, he can be subcontracted at an hourly rate. Thus not receiving benefits, pension Second, just like the US government, all savings count. Use the money for other items the school needs, help the homeless I dont care. I just hate wasted money. Third, don't you think the officers time is better served out in the community patrolling, stopping crime etc?? Fourth, please answer my question, what does he do all day? Fifth, again I ask you was that the original intent of the officer in the school so many years ago, to prevent a Columbine, Newton incident?
life time resident February 03, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Archie, yes council foresaw the need for a police officer in the school due to the possibility of many crime and of varying severity, as did many other towns.
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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