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Gloucester approves 1.5 cent tax increase

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted 4-3 Tuesday night, adopting a county budget for fiscal year 2017 which will raise the county’s real estate tax rate by 1.5 cents from its current 68 cents per $100 of assessed value and will provide a 4-percent pay increase for county employees.

The adopted budget includes a local allocation of $23.5 million to Gloucester County Public Schools; just over $1 million short of what the school board had asked for in its proposed budget.

After spending more than 10 hours the last few weeks in budget deliberations, and adding an additional budget discussion Monday night, the board finally voted on the matter during its meeting Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse.

Petsworth district supervisor Michael Winebarger, one of the supervisors who voted for the resolution on the 1.5-cent increase Tuesday night, said he preferred not to see taxes increase more than a penny. “Most of the people I spoke with in my constituency are on f...

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