County Taxes, Deer Salad, Motels – Monday’s Roundup

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County Taxes
County Executive Dennis Levinson explains his position in an opinion piece on the county-versus-city fight over the Atlantic City casinos’ PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) money. The state offered the county 10.4 percent of the casinos’ PILOT, but Levinson and Mayor Guardian had an agreement it would be 13.5 percent. The difference is $40 million that would have to be made up by county taxpayers. Levinson said that while the success of a court fight against the state is uncertain, “We’ll try anyway. Even if we lose, the depositions should be very interesting.” We see what you did there, Denny…

Swamp Pink, aka Deer Salad. Picture by Tom Briglia for the Inquirer.

Deer Salad
A humble, endangered lilly known as the Swamp Pink gets the Kevin Riordan treatment in this Philadelphia Inquirer piece about the plant, which is native to South Jersey and threatened by – among other things – its appeal to deer.

We wrote on Friday about a motel on Route 40 in Egg Harbor Township that could be turned into affordable housing if it gets planning board sign-off. Read the piece, with plans, on our site here. Could this be the future for more of the Black Horse Pike motels?

In the rest of the news from the weekend and this morning, about 8,000 people (including us) were at the ACUA’s Earth Day festival on Sunday, a Margate holocaust survivor will talk at Stockton on Tuesday, and Pleasantville police say a guy tried to shoplift 9 packs of cigarettes from a Wawa even as two cops were in the store. All that and more below:

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