Linwood’s decision to pull out of a shared dispatch plan with Somers Point played a large role in the proposed 7 percent increase in Somers Point’s municipal tax bill in 2013.

For the average residential assessment of $125,732, the proposed rate increase of about 9.5 cents per $100 of assessed value means an annual municipal tax bill of about $1,747, an increase of about $119 from last year, Somers Point City Administrator Wes Swain said.

“The largest reason for the increase, 5.3 cents of it, is attributed to the fact that we had a shared service for dispatch with Linwood, where we were the providing agency, and they pulled out,” said Swain, referring to Linwood’s decision last spring.

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The total general budget would be about $13.6 million. The tax levy would increase by about $587,000, or about 7 percent, to about $9.5 million.

The municipal tax rate would rise to about $1.39 per $100 of assessed value, or about $1,389 per $100,000, compared with about 1.3 cents per $100 in 2012. The rate does not include school, county and other types of property taxes.

A hearing on the proposed budget will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Somers Point City Hall. A hearing and possible passage is scheduled for April 25.

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