State OK’s Big Property Tax Hike In Camden

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Plans to raise Camden’s property taxes by 23 percent have cleared another important hurdle.

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.

That will likely happen on Tuesday.

The state panel’s vote came just days after the city government slashed it work force, laying off 400 employees including nearly half the police department.

Mayor Dana Redd has said the tax increase — which would be the city’s first since 1996 — could help the city rehire some laid off firefighters and police officers.

City spokesman Robert Corrales estimates that 30 to 35 officers could rejoin the force, while eight to ten firefighters could be rehired.

But no formal decisions have been made.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Break the Unions

    In regards to places of worship a lot of Hasidic Jews do that to get the tax break. Its the Unions and corrupt lazy politicains that are causing your taxes to go up. More tax less service. See Egypt now!

  • 01608

    Where do u put the ppl can’t a4ed the rent they’ll have to pay?

  • Sanjoy

    23% sounds good to me!! My 2010 taxes went from $3,363 to $6,341 – 88%. Wish my salary went up 88% instead. Hope house sells!

  • Joemama

    Isn’t Camden the place where people from Newark go to make themselves feel good about Newark???

  • Paul

    Charity Search Engines:

  • CW Orange

    Take a leaf from history…turn your house into a church and go tax free….Time to cut taxes, and make the authorities cut spending!
    Universal Life Church…..

  • goga

    Kick-out those greedy useless pencil pushers and hire more cops instead

  • jmailboxus

    keep the taxes low, we don’t need big government, especially when it cannot be afford

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