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Supervisors consider changes to BPOL tax

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously during its meeting in the colonial courthouse Tuesday night to hold a public hearing to consider an ordinance amending the county’s Business, Professional and Occupational License Tax.

The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 in the T.C. Walker Education Center auditorium.

In his proposed budget presentation for fiscal year 2017, county administrator Brent Fedors said Gloucester’s BPOL structure is similar to other more developed jurisdictions, but the county’s rates are not applied consistently. He said rates for service businesses were not brought up to state allowable maximums at the same time that the rates for all other classifications were and added that all other jurisdictions surveyed use the state allowable maximums in each classification.

He said the proposed changes to the tax will accomplish four objectives. First, he said it will encourage the startup, growth and progr...

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