Voting Block, Tax Assessments – Monday’s Roundup

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Voting Block Bungalow Park
“Fix the bulkhead on your way out!” Bungalow Park residents didn’t hold back when it came to discussing what their community wants from the next New Jersey governor: End the Atlantic City takeover (just fix the bulkhead before you go). The gathering, hosted at Atlantic City’s Back Bay Ale House as part of the collaborative reporting project Voting Block, also had some policy ideas for the next governor that ranged from addressing the property tax burden to fixing school funding and local economic redevelopment. Read the rundown here or listen to the longer discussion via our podcast here (and on podcast platforms).

Tax Assessments
Atlantic County mayors are creeping closer to figuring out how to establish a county-wide tax assessment system that they believe could cut down on tax appeals. A bipartisan committee of mayors has been looking at how other tax assessment systems work elsewhere (as far afield as Florida and Arizona) and how the county’s patchwork of municipalities could be brought under one property tax regime. Read more via The Press of Atlantic City’s John DeRosier.

In the rest of the South Jersey news from the weekend and this morning, more high winds are expected today even as the rain should be ending, Sea Isle City fishermen caught a rare blue lobster, Barbara Gaba was inaugurated Friday as the ninth president of Atlantic Cape Community College and its first woman and african american in that job, new twists in a Burlington Co. murder case, fitness club chains are expanding in South(west) Jersey, Atlantic City is replacing thousands of street lights,  a $9.2 million “food specialization center” is coming to Bridgeton, and this piece on the Manasquan High School surf team’s recent (and somewhat controversial) state championship win over Ocean City also has a rundown on the history of high-school surfing in New Jersey. All that and more below:


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