Tax Rates Still Uncertain, Campaign Finance – Thursday’s Roundup

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Tax Rates Still Uncertain
Atlantic County says all municipalities except Port Republic and Atlantic City will see a county tax-rate hike this year, reports The Press of Atlantic City. The county is quick to lay the blame on the Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) deal that the state handed the casinos. But it’s actually still not clear exactly what the rates will have to be per municipality, the Press reports. While we all sit and wait for the county to turn on its calculator, you can check out this NJ Spotlight interactive map on property taxes across the state for some perspective.

Cedarville, NJ. Picture by @southjerseyadventurer on Instagram.

Campaign Finance
If you’re following the election for governor, you might be interested in this NJSpotlight analysis of who has raised and spent the most money. No prizes for guessing that front-runner Phil Murphy is also top of the money pile, but you might be surprised to learn that Atlantic County’s Hirsh Singh has raised more than $1 million. Singh has spent a fraction of that amount, though. Murphy’s spending just dwarfs that of everyone else.

In the rest of the day’s news, the Miss America organization has moved into Boardwalk Hall (we reported in October that they got a sweet deal from CRDA for that space), EHT residents are worried about a proposed clay-shooting facility moving into a golf course, Pleasantville has cut its schools’ athletic director and dozens more jobs, and South Jersey Congressman Macarthur – who helped revive the American Health Care Act – listened to a lot of angry constituents yesterday. All that and more below:


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