County tax levy falls

By ROBERT LINNEHAN | The Cherry Hill Sun

For the third year in a row, Camden County Freeholders have reduced property taxes for county residents.

The 2009 county budget was introduced on April 7 and proposed the lowest county tax rate in the past 50 years, according to the county.

The freeholders said there would be no reduction in services for 2009 or a reduction in staffing among county employees.

The $326 million county budget will see a slight decrease in the local tax levy, which is $242 million. Most county taxpayers will see a slight decrease in their county property taxes.

According to county spokesman Ken Shuttleworth, the average county tax rate will be 56 cents per every $100 of assessed property value.

“We understand the economic hardships in our community and that is our guidepost on fiscal planning,” Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said. “I don’t believe any other local government in the state has accomplished a levy reduction in three consecutive years.”

Property taxes were reduced through a series of shared service initiatives with other government bodies, Deputy Director Edward T. McDonnell said.

See this week’s print edition of The Sun for the full story.