County Tax Assessor Plan
Hamilton Township officials are opposing a plan that would give Atlantic County a single tax assessor’s office, The Current’s Charlie Pritchard reports. NJ Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo earlier this year proposed legislation that would centralize tax assessment across the county, but the state legislature is not set to take it up before early next year due to elections. The Hamilton Township Committee voted to urge the state’s legislature not to act on the bill without addressing municipalities’ concerns. Township tax assessor Bill Johnson argued that the current setup is more efficient in part because the tax assessor and construction officials are in the same building and can work together to get an assessment more quickly.
Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday signed legislation to tax and regulate fantasy sports companies in a move that could add $6.6 million a year to the state’s budget, reports Christian Hetrick for The Observer. The companies will be taxed 10.5 percent of gross revenue each quarter.
The Noyes Museum of Stockton University is opening its newest satellite gallery at The Claridge, Atlantic City, tonight. The opening reception for an exhibition of contemporary art from 30 different artists will start at 5 pm and run through 6.15 pm, followed by a party at the Noyes Arts Garage from 6.45 pm (details here.) The exhibition at The Claridge was curated by Yang Qingqing, professor at Shanghai Theater Academy, Carolyn Li, independent curator from United Spaces of Art, David Chen and Kenny Ho. It will run through October 15.
In the rest of the day’s news, Stockton University has temporarily removed a bust of its slave-owning namesake, Gloucester County’s Habitat for Humanity had tools stolen from a site for the third time since the spring, headline writers got a treat with this story about a runaway Cumberland County piglet being captured by a state trooper, Hammonton’s Eagle Theater is getting recognized on a par with Philadelphia’s best, more Kmarts are closing (including one in Moorestown), and it’s national waffle day (have you ever wondered why Waffle House isn’t in New Jersey? The company says maybe someday.) All that and more below: