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No tax increase

After more than a month of on and off deliberations, the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a $135 million budget for the next fiscal year that calls for no tax increase on county residents. The budget adoption took place Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse.

Many of the decisions on the budget were worked out during April 3 and 11 work sessions. It was the consensus of board members to keep the county’s real estate tax rate at its current rate of 65 cents per $100 of assessed value and to keep the rate at which boats are assessed the same as the current year.

Not raising the real estate tax rate by the original four cents as proposed or increasing the boat tax forced supervisors to implement $2.3 million in tough cuts when it came time to formally adopt the budget Tuesday night.

One of these cuts came in the overall increase of local transfer to Gloucester County Public Schools, which is reduced by $884,000, leaving the school system with a lo...

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