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Help the Council Balance the Budget

In the wake of the tax referendum defeat Tuesday, Lawrenceville Patch wants to know what you would do to help balance the budget. Today, we ask about trash collection.

On Tuesday, voters said no to a proposed 9-cent municipal tax increase by a 2-1 margin.

On Wednesday, a told the council that it had better find alternatives to the trash collection fee being proposed.

Now, it is your turn to weigh in. Lawrenceville Patch will run a series of polls and open-ended questions over the next 10 days, asking township residents to outline their priorities and give the council a sense of where it needs to go with the budget.

The referendum, which sought permission to raise the municipal tax rate 9 cents above the state’s 2 percent tax levy cap, was , with more than 3,700 total votes cast.

Residents during Wednesday’s meeting told council members they felt council was arrogant and had tried to “blackmail” voters into approving the referendum by threatening to impose a trash user fee should the 9-cent tax hike be turned down.

Today, we focus on the trash collection issue:

Now that voters have rejected the township’s tax referendum should the council:

  • Continue to pay for trash collection through municipal taxes?
  • Charge residents a fee for collection with an ability to opt out?
  • Stop providing trash collection and require residents to contract out on their own?

Vote in the poll below and offer your suggestions in the comments.

Elizabeth Hosny April 26, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Why not push to have the cell tower, currently set to be installed at Peterson's nursery, installed on Township property . . it seems such a site is avaialble. Thus the very considerable rental fees from Verizon would come to the Township instead of a private individual and benefit us all. And yes, I admit bias since my house is one that will be overshadowed by this 40 foot tower! But the fact remains that these fees would help considerably with the budget shortfall on an annual basis.
Elizabeth Hosny April 26, 2012 at 03:04 AM
sorry, typo in my previous comment . . 140 foot tower!
2big kp May 03, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Does any one have a number on the officers living out of the township? I bet the people would be astonished by the number.
Jake May 03, 2012 at 01:52 AM
What's your point and why would people be "astonished" by this? Plenty of officers live in town, but it's understandable why others choose to live elsewhere. Why don't you try being a cop and live in the town where you police and see how you feel after some time. It's fine for some and not for others. Lawrence is no different than any other town with regards to the numbers living outside of town.
Victor May 03, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Check out the police contract in the link below to see where cuts can be made in overtime, days off, accumulated sick leave etc and ask if you have ever had such a sweet deal. http://www.perc.state.nj.us/publicsectorcontracts.nsf/Contracts%20By%20Employer/ACD952BF81C9F524852577D600602B38/$File/Lawrence%20Tp%20and%20FOP%20Lodge%20209%20R&F%202009.pdf?OpenElement

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