Camden Considering Big Property Tax Hike

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Property taxes in Camden could go up by 23 percent if the state government approves a rate hike.

The city council unanimously approved the increase on Wednesday, according to the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill.

The tax increase plan comes just after the city government slashed it work force, laying off 400 employees including nearly half the police officers.

Mayor Dana Redd said the tax increase could help the city rehire some of the laid off firefighters and police officers.

She says the city is due for a tax increase in part because it hasn’t had one for 15 years. And that’s one of the reasons for the huge budget gap that forced the layoffs.

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  • Mike

    23% sounds big, until you read how little residents currently pay in property taxes. For the average home, this means a $135 increase. Camden gets a lot of support via income tax revenue transfers from other parts of the state. If the locals had to pay an equivalent share of their school cost compared to the rest of Jersey residents, their taxes would rise several hundred percent.

  • jerseyjoey

    HAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA who are they going to tax The RIVER RATS.

  • tim

    Bye Bye Camden…

  • Paul Kohloff

    raising taxes thats fix’s everything,a politicians favorite words raise taxes

  • nychick76

    Who is going to pay all those taxes to live in one of the most dangerous cities in the United States??

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