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HIGH TAXES FORCING PEOPLE TO FLEE OUR CITIES/STATE--Gloucester City taxes both property and school go up every year without fail. Most recently our water and sewer rates were raised along with our property taxes. Our local leaders act as though there is no limit to their spend and tax system. You Screen Shot 2017-10-07 at 15.25.12rarely hear an explanation from mayor or council or any school board member about why the taxes have escalated. It is not until you receive your yearly bill that you learn that you are expected to pay more. We have said it before and we will say it again, the well eventually will go dry in Gloucester City. People are being driven out of the city because they can't afford to live here. For example, there are 259 houses for sale in Gloucester City area along with 153 foreclosed homes for sale (source As for commercial properties in Gloucester City there are 24 for sale, many of the buildings are presently sitting empty (source We won't know how much our school taxes will increase next year as a result of the new middle school. One thing you can be sure of Gloucester City school taxes will not be lowered.

This problem of higher taxes is not unique to Gloucester City. According to the 6a00d8341bf7d953ef017d3ede32a2970c-350wi article "Sounding the Alarm of New Jersey's Lack of Affordability" (September 19 issue of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association") high taxes, government spending and over-regulation are driving wealth out of New Jersey and forcing millennials to seek jobs and careers elsewhere.

Tom Byrne, chairman of the NJ State Investment Council and managing director of Byrne Asset Management, pointed out that on average New Jersey’s notoriously high property taxes represent 11 percent of household income, which makes the cost of carrying a home in New Jersey  80 percent higher than the national average.

Byrne compared New Jersey with Massachusetts, which in the 80s and 90s was dubbed "Tax-a-chusetts"” for its high tax rates. Today, however, Massachusetts’ top income tax rate is 5.1 percent, nearly half New Jersey’s, and its property taxes are lower.

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno said that while people can get jobs in New Jersey now, they can no longer afford to live here.

“I’m talking about the No. 1 issue that should be facing politicians in the state today because it’s the No. 1 issue facing people in the state today,” she said. “Property taxes.”

Guadagno’s plan would cap the school portion of a homeowner’s property tax bill to 5 percent of their household income, ensuring no New Jersey family would have to leave because of property taxes.

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Gloucester City's water/sewer rates to rise


PARCC TEST SCORES RELEASED--The New Jersey Department of Education

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has released the third batch of results from the PARCC tests (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). New Jersey is just one of the seven states and the District of Columbia that still uses the test. Originally more than 20 states belonged to the consortium.


The Toms River Patch compiled a list of high school districts from, best to worst, based on the percentage of students whose spring 2017 test performances showed they are "not yet meeting expectations" in the algebra I, geometry and algebra II sections and the English/language arts sections for grades nine through 11. Not all of the state's high school districts are listed, largely because some schools didn't provide sufficient data for those high school-level subject.

CNBNews is listing a just few of the schools in the immediate South Jersey area. The full list, (over 300 schools) can be found on the Toms River Patch website (click here).

 Algebra 1
These school districts had no students who failed to meet expectations:

Barrington, Bellmawr, Berlin, Brooklawn, Brigantine, Gibbsboro, Runnemede

Some of the schools in the immediate area and the percentages of students who did meet expectations include:

Kingsway 5, Pitman 5.2, Cherry Hill 8.7, Audubon 11, Pine Hill 15.3, Gloucester City 17

These schools districts from the immediate area had no students who failed to meet expectations

Oaklyn, Mount Laurel

Some of the schools in the immediate area and the percentages of students who did not meet expectations include:

Glassboro 1.4, Pitman 2.9, Kingsway 4.5, Audubon 7, Haddon Heights 9.5, Gloucester City 10.3 ,Collingswood 10.6, Pine Hill 11.2, Woodbury 20

Algebra II
Some of the schools in the immediate area and the percentages of students who did not meet expectations include:

Gloucester County Vocational 9.3, Cherry Hill 20.1, Collingswood 25.3, Wildwood City 29.3, Pennsauken 37.9, West Deptford 39.3, Haddon Heights 44, Gloucester City 48.3, Camden City 83.5

English/Language Arts-Grade 9
Some of the schools in the immediate area and the percentages of students who did not meet expectations include:

Camden County Vocational 3.6, Oaklyn 4.3, Haddon Heights 8.7, Gloucester City 16.3, Audubon 9.4, Collingswood 9.7, West Deptford 16.8, Camden City 57.8

English/Language Arts-Grade 10

Pitman 10.6, Haddon Township 14.7, Cherry Hill 15, Collingswood 21, West Deptford 22.8, Gloucester City 26.4, Paulsboro 47.8, Camden City 54.4

English/Language Arts-Grade 11

Haddon Heights 8.7, Collingswood 9.9, Pitman 18.2, West Deptford 22.3, Gloucester City 24.3, Cherry Hill 26.4, Paulsboro 26.7, Haddon Heights 28.8, Woodbury 44, Camden City 52.8

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