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REMEMBERING TWO-YEAR-OLD ARIANA—There will be a candlelight vigil tonight, Friday, July 15 at 8pm for Ariana Smyth, of Gloucester City at Proprietor’s Park, King Street, and the Delaware River.  The toddler was allegedly killed on July 5 by Michael Disporto Jr., 22, who was dating Adriana’s mother Amber Bobo. Bobo lived in the 100 unit block of South King Street.  Besides being charged with murder, Disporto was charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault. Bobo was charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.


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SPEND! and TAX!—
The 2016-17 Gloucester City tax bills were in the mail on Friday. The grace period for the 3rd quarter tax bill is extended to August 18, 2016. If not paid by that date, interest will revert back to August 1, 2016. As in past years, taxes in Gloucester City have increased once again. The school tax went up by $238 and the city and library tax went up $170. The county tax jump to $163 more. 

This year’s average tax is $5,777 compared to last year’s figure of $5,202 or $575 more.

A breakdown of those figures reveal:



                              2016                             2015                 Increase


County Tax-           $1,310                           $1,147                $163

Open Space Tax           33                                30                        3

School Tax              1, 430                             1,192                   238

City Library Tax             53                                 44                       9

City Tax                    2,952                              2,790                  162


TOTAL                    $5778                             $5203                $575


The quarterly tax payments on a property assessed at $141,900 for the 2016-17 fiscal year is $1,588 due on August 1 and November 1 2016 (subtotal $3,176) plus $1,444  due on Feb. 1 and May 1, 2017 (subtotal $2,888)  for a grand total of $6,064.  

The quarterly tax payments on that same property for the 2015-16 fiscal year was $1290 on August 1 and November 1 2015 (subtotal $2,580) plus $1,301 for Feb. 1 and May 1, 2016 (subtotal  $2,602)  for a GRAND TOTAL of $5,182.  

Over the course of the next fiscal year, this homeowner will be paying $882 more in taxes. 

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LOVE YOUR MONEY—The Gloucester City Mayor and Council 6a00d8341bf7d953ef01b7c731d077970bpassed  two bond ordinances at their June 23 meeting totaling $682,240.

The first bond ordinance appropriates $19,840 for various improvement to the Goldy Street Pump Station along with $52,000 for the acquisition or replacement of various equipment for the Water and Sewer Utility Systems including, but not limited to, meters, fire hydrants, and road saws. The estimated total cost is $71,840

The second bond appropriates $31,400 for various improvements to the Library; $97,000 for acquisition of equipment for the police department including sport utility vehicles and body cameras; $35,000 for the acquisition of a pickup truck for the Housing Department;  $25,000 for various improvements to the housing office such as repairs and replacement of ramp; $250,000 for the reconstruction and resurfacing various roads; $10,000 for the purchase of a plow hook-up for truck 11; $162,000 for the replacement of the roof on the Community Center. The estimated total cost is $610,400. 

The second reading and public hearing on the two ordinances is July 21, at 7pm in the Municipal Building, 512 Monmouth Street.

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ImgresBELLMAWR SCHOOL NEWS—Bellmawr Park parents and guardians. In an effort to make drop-off and pick-up safer and easier for you and the members of our community, we have developed NEW drop-off and pick-up directions/locations for the Bellmawr Park School. There will be three information sessions to further explain the procedures: July 18 in the Bellmawr Park all purpose room at 6:30pm, August 2 (National Night Out) at the Recreation Center and August 22 in the Bellmawr Park all purpose room at 6:30pm (source