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No increase seen in proposed budget

Gloucester County Administrator Brenda Garton presented her $108.4 million proposed fiscal year 2012 county budget to the public and the Gloucester Board of Supervisors during Tuesday night’s board meeting in the colonial courthouse.

The proposed budget is balanced with a real estate tax rate of 58 cents, and a personal property tax rate of $2.60, figures that would remain unchanged from the current rates.

However, supervisors voted by a 5-2 margin Tuesday night to advertise a real estate tax rate of 61 cents, a three-cent increase, for the sole purpose of allowing flexibility if there is public outcry for a service or initiative that is not included in the proposed budget.

Garton had also suggested advertising a $2.60 tax rate on boats not solely used for business purposes. This would have been a $1.60 increase from the current rate. However, after a number of residents spoke out against the change during the public comment period, supervisors voted to keep the rate on t...

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