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Municipal Tax Referendum Forum to be Held Tonight

The final public forum about the municipal tax increase referendum that will be put to Lawrence Township voters on April 17 will be held this evening, Thursday, April 12, beginning at 7 p.m. at the township police station.

The final public forum about the municipal tax increase referendum that will be put to voters on April 17 will be held this evening, Thursday, April 12, beginning at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Lawrence Township police station located at 2211 Lawrence Rd. (Route 206).

Township Manager Richard Krawczun will explain why the township is asking for voters permission to raise the municipal tax rate 9 cents above the state’s 2 percent tax levy cap and why a trash user fee will be assessed against residential property owners should the referendum be rejected by voters.

Following Krawczun’s formal presentation about the township’s financial situation, he and members of township council will answer questions from members of the public.

The tax increase vs. trash user fee was the main topic of discussion at the last township council meeting held on April 3. Several members of the public spoke at the meeting, peppering Krawczun and council members with questions.

(Audio of the entire meeting can be held by clicking on the appropriate files in the media box above.)   

“Folks have a right to be angry about the 17 percent [municipal tax] increase, but please don’t shoot yourself in the foot by voting no on this referendum, because that’s exactly what you’re going to be doing if you take your anger out on this referendum…” Councilman Michael Powers said during the April 3 council meeting.

“This council has no appetite for the Draconian cuts that would be required [in place of the tax increase]. At prior council meetings, we talked about [how] you’d have to lay off police officers… That’s not going to happen,” Power said. “So let’s be very clear. What’ll happen [if the referendum is rejected] is residents will end up paying more for trash removal through the waste utility fee, just like their ELSA [Ewing-Lawrence Sewerage Authority] bill. And then, guess what, when April 15 rolls around and you have to pay your taxes, that portion [trash user fee] is not going to be deductable for IRS purposes. So you’d be shooting yourself in the foot to vote no on this referendum….”

 

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grill master April 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I know I will have to vote based on the feeling that we haven't been given a choice by council. The 2012 budget is based on increased tax revenue with no additional cuts in spending. Sacrifices need to made on both sides, if I have to pay more then some cuts in spending need to be made.
Chief Wahoo April 13, 2012 at 12:02 AM
VOTE NO OR YOU WILL BE VERY SORRY .......Dont believe me go to Brick Patch, its like Groundhog Day ......Same exact BS, Lies, Scare tactics........the same exact MO that Brick Council used, they must have sghred the same playbook the Brick taxpayers voted for a 24% INCREASE and yet here we are one year later and the threat of losing DPW is now on the table and looks like its going to happen VOTE NO.......Why punish yourself with higher taxes when its the guy with the highest salary in town problem (or why are you paying him all that money ???)
Patrick April 13, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I noticed that the Lawrenceville School was advertising golf memberships to the public... hmmm seems like THAT could be taxed. and how do we tax the buildings they own off campus on Main St.... How many grants did they not go after.... The anger is based on not giving us the choice and treating us like ignorant subjects. and I'm very liberal, but frankly, I'd rather have to bundle up my leaves and brush then pay out the nose.... The tax rate on my house has risen over 100% in ten years. There are bigger issues out there like Christie stealing from every fund he can to keep his no tax increase pledge, and yes that is very germane here. You restore funding that is due to the township there is no increase at all. And frankly, that is NJ politics, rob Peter to pay Paul, and of course the ones that pays. So I put a ton of this on our council for not really giving the people a choice, but the bigger issue is how we are taxed and how services are provided in this state.
Max R April 13, 2012 at 04:02 AM
"So I put a ton of this on our council for not really giving the people a choice, but the bigger issue is how we are taxed and how services are provided in this state." - No argument here, and I'm very conservative. See? We can agree.
Patrick April 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Christie, just like Corzine, just like McGreevy, just like Whitman, has played musical chairs with funds to look good to voters. The referendum I wanna se state wide is a change to our state constitution where as any dollar being shifted from one revevue stream to an other needs a up or down vote by the people. It will stop the political money shift that screws every one of us.

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