GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Council voted unanimously during their regular meeting Tuesday evening to authorize more than $1.5 million in bonds for paying tax appeal refunds.

The move comes after the township has been inundated for the four years with tax appeals.

The ordinance authorizes the issuance of as much as $1.58 million in aggregate principal of tax-appeal refunding.

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Councilman Jim McElwee said the number was staggering and frustrating.

"It's a high number, and we keep saying we're not going to bond more and kick the (problem) down the road and here we go again," McElwee said.

Council additionally authorized the refund of taxes due to overpayments and an emergency appropriation to pay refund amounts owed to taxpayers.

Mayor Don Purdy said no matter how much progress they make, the township continues to be given away through tax appeals.

"It's frustrating because you're doing your due diligence to make cuts, and no matter what, we can't get ahead and cut the tax rate," Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola said.

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