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Gloucester board reconsiders changes made to business tax

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors is reconsidering changes it made during last year’s budget deliberations to the county’s Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) tax. The reconsideration comes after a number of local business owners have complained that they are paying upwards of 350 percent more of that tax than they were paying last year. 

Board members vowed to work with county staff to help come up with a favorable resolution to how the BPOL taxes are assessed and, in turn, provide some relief to those businesses that saw such a drastic change.

The board voted last year to change the county’s BPOL structure after it was made aware that the county’s rates were not applied consistently. The way the taxes were restructured, according to county administrator Brent Fedors, should encourage the startup, growth and progression of small-, lower-mid and upper-midsized businesses; while consistently applying the state-allowable maximum ...

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