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.
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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