April 18, 2014 |
EVESHAM The Township Council has introduced a $33.64 million budget for 2015 that calls for no increase in municipal property taxes. Mayor Randy Brown told a budget workshop of the council Tuesday that the proposed budget would entail a municipal property levy of $21.83 million, fractionally smaller than this year's. He foresaw no reduction in services. The council voted unanimously to accept the proposed budget, which will be presented to the state for review. If the proposal is adopted at the council's June 10 meeting, an owner of a home assessed at the township average of $271,200 would pay about $1,139 in municipal property taxes.
December 3, 2013 |
EVESHAM A table saw was screeching last week at the new Indian Cultural Center in Evesham, workmen were balancing on scaffolding, the concrete floors awaited carpet, and that lavender wall paint had to go. So, will the 20,000-square-foot center on Route 73 be anywhere near ready for its "housewarming" ceremony on Dec. 15? "It will. It will," said Jay Parikh, a Marlton software engineer who is handling communications for the center. "Trust me. " Situated on 18 acres just south of Ardsley Road, the center will feature a large assembly hall capable of seating 570, as well as classrooms, game rooms, two kitchens, and a library.
November 4, 2013 |
How does a suburban school district deal with declining enrollment? Burlington County's Evesham Township is grappling with that question and the thorny issues it touches upon, such as stabilizing property taxes and how to raise revenue. To some in town, the options for dealing with a 14 percent enrollment drop aren't pretty. A committee of officials, school employees, and residents formed under a district strategic plan the school board adopted this year has held a few meetings to consider the possibilities.
November 3, 2013 |
Tuesday's election pits freshman Republican incumbents against novice Democratic challengers with no elective experience in the Eighth Legislative District, which spans 15 municipalities in Burlington County, four in Camden County, and Hammonton in Atlantic County. Party registration and the 2011 legislative election results suggest that the district leans Democratic. Candidates on both sides cite jobs and taxes as the issues voters care about most. Republican Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego, an Evesham lawyer and former Burlington County freeholder and assemblywoman, says she stands a good chance of winning a second Senate term because she is pro-business, and "we work hard for our constituents.
September 21, 2013 |
EVESHAM The owners of a semi-vacant shopping plaza in Evesham say they have plans at last for their property - which local officials call an "eyesore" - and want the courts to order the township out of their way. The New York-based proprietors of Tri-Towne Plaza on Route 70 say that Evesham unfairly included their site in its redevelopment plan this year in order to "punish" the owners, condemn the property, and acquire it below market value. In filings made last week and in late August, the firm known as Evesham Owner L.L.C.
September 12, 2013 |
EVESHAM Surrounded by backhoes, bulldozers, and a gaggle of school-age children in red T-shirts and white baseball uniforms, Evesham Township officials broke ground Tuesday on a $5.3 million ball field project that promises to laugh at rain. Due to open in April, the 13-acre site off Tuckerton Road will consist of two softball fields and two baseball fields built with young players in mind. Baselines will be 60 feet instead of 90, and the outfield fences will lie 200 feet from home plate.
August 23, 2013 |
After a months-long challenge to New Jersey's property-tax formula had threatened to paralyze the finances of its schools and fire district, the Evesham Township Council has adopted a township budget of $32.8 million. The budget, approved unanimously Tuesday, represents an average residential tax increase of $59, though the new budget is fractionally lower than last year's. "I'm extremely disappointed," Mayor Randy Brown said Wednesday, "but we were just against the wall. If we hadn't approved it soon, we would have been in a gray area where the state could force a budget on us. " Without the tax increase, he said, the township would have had to lay off as many as 19 employees.
August 17, 2013 |
Nine years after torrential rains pummeled Burlington County's lake region, most of the 46 earthen dams that buckled under the onslaught and turned roads into rivers have been repaired. That's comforting news as rainfall records are shattered this summer and the ground is becoming overly saturated. But some of these dams are still in limbo, with two deemed unsatisfactory and eight classified as in "poor condition," according to data provided to The Inquirer by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
July 31, 2013 |
They might not fit Camden's or Newark's notion of "blight," but Evesham has officially identified three neglected commercial properties for possible condemnation under its new redevelopment plan. The township also identified a dozen other properties as candidates for "rehabilitation," which entails no condemnation. Properties on both lists will be eligible for long-term tax incentives to encourage their improvement. The three long-vacant properties identified for "redevelopment with eminent domain option" are Olga's Diner at the intersection of Routes 70 and 73; Tri-Towne Plaza, east of Olga's on Route 70; and the former G-Boys Garden & Christmas Center to its west.
July 26, 2013 |
Asserting that New Jersey's tax collection process unfairly burdens municipalities, Evesham's township council said it would distribute no tax revenues to its school and fire districts until they agree to discuss sharing collection costs. "I believe we need immediate discussions with these entities," Mayor Randy Brown told the council Tuesday night. The panel voted unanimously to withhold the next round of payments to the Lenape Regional School District, the local school district, and Evesham Fire-Rescue.