Mayor Dana Redd
The city of fewer than 80,000 has had 16 murders since Oct. 1, prompting one city council member to call for the National Guard to be sent in to help.
New Jersey’s Local Finance Board agreed Friday to lift the cap on Camden’s property-tax increases. That means the hike, which could raise $4.2 million, would take effect once the City Council approves the municipal budget.
The tax increase plan comes just after the city government slashed it work force, laying off 400 employees including nearly half the police officers.