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No tax increase proposed in draft Gloucester budget

Gloucester County residents would see no increase in their real estate tax rate under the county administrator’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget, which was presented Monday night to the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors.

The $32.97 million general fund operating budget aims to continue to improve compensation for both county and school system employees, and does not reduce services or eliminate programs.

The operating budget provides an $820,000 increase in local funding for Gloucester County Public Schools, falling short of the $3.6 million increase the school superintendent had requested in his proposed budget.

The county administrator’s proposed budget recommends the $820,000 increase go toward school system employees’ cost of living and health insurance increases. This prompted York district supervisor Phillip Bazzani to raise the question of whether it could be guaranteed that the schools use the increase in local transfer for that purpose alone.


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