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Saturday, May 18, 2024


No Tax Increase in West Cape May

By Jack Fichter

WEST CAPE MAY — Mayor Pamela Kaithern announced Thursday May 6 that the taxpayers of West Cape May will see no increase in the municipal portion of their property taxes in the 2009 budget.
According to a press release, the governing body, assisted by its financial professionals, “has gone item-by-item through the budget and made it as lean as possible, using a combination of expense reduction and available revenue.”
“With tax levels rising at the county and schools, it was imperative to Commissioners Peter Burke, Dick Rigby and me that the borough extends whatever relief was possible in this budget,” said Kaithern. “We have explored a variety of options, including the possible sale of a borough-owned property.
“Although this sale could allow us to augment our reserves, it is not necessary to make the budget work without a tax increase,” the mayor continued.
The borough had hoped to generate as much as $400,000 by selling a 150-foot by 100-foot residential building lot owned by West Cape May but an auction April 11 generated an offer of $156,750. The land sale remains under consideration.
The borough’s budget is set for introduction at a May 13 Borough Commission meeting to be held at 7 the Municipal Hall.

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