WILDWOOD APPROVES TAX HIKE OF 17 CENTS IN NEW BUDGET

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano

A major rate hike is coming to Wildwood taxpayers, partly due to a reassessment and hires made in public safety. The commission approved a budget with a 17 cent increase. The tax levy will go up by just over six percent from last year to this year. According to the city’s numbers, 10 cents of the increase is attributed to the reassessment in the city that lowered property values. The majority of the remaining increase is to hire three new firefighters, five police officers, and a 30 additional class II officers. There will also be two police officers hired through the COPS program, which is a program that helps fund new police officer hires.

    FATAL ACCIDENT TAKES A LIFE IN MIDDLE TOWNSHIP

    middle policeAn 11-year-old was killed when a vehicle hit a utility pole in Middle Township. Police there say that a White Ford F150, driven by Kristin Conner (40) of Villas,NJ, was traveling north on SH 47. The vehicle left the travel lane and struck a utility pole and a tree just before 7 am on Wednesday morning. An eleven year old passenger was ejected from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. The crash is still under investigation by the Middle Township Fatal Crash Team and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Conner was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

      RIBBON CUTTING SET FOR NEXT PHASE OF BIKE PATH IN MIDDLE TOWNSHIP

      middle township logoMiddle Township will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, July 11th at 3:45 p.m. at the Main Street & Pennsylvania Avenue junction of the Township’s bicycle path. The event celebrates the completion and grand opening of the path’s Phase 4, which extends between Indian Trail and Main Street. Funding has been secured to complete Phase 5, which will extend the bicycle path to Satt Boulevard, where the Middle Township/Lower Township connector project ends. Additionally, the Cape May County Open Space Board has recommended $412,311 in funding to extend the bicycle path south to the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal. The project has received a total of $1.75 million in grant funding.

        E-Z PASS PHISHING WARNING POSTED BY SJTA

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          REPORT: CAESARS MAY SELL SHOWBOAT

          Its possible Caesars may not completely shut down Showboat as a casino. A company spokesman told the Press of Atlantic City that the company is considering selling it as a casino-hotel to an interested bidder. The initial belief was that Caesars would shut down the casino completely, as it did when it bought the Atlantic Club Casino with the Tropicana to shut it down as a casino.

            BODY PULLED FROM RIVER IN BRIDGETON

            Bridgeton authorities say a body was found in the Cohansey River. The early report is there is no sign of foul play. The only facts police would release is that it was a Hispanic male in his 30′s or 40′s. An autopsy was ordered on the body. An investigation is on-going into the situation.

              REPORT: CHRISTIE’S ADMINISTRATION PUSHED PORT AUTHORITY TO HIRE LAW FIRM

              A new report has yet another accusation about Gov. Chris Christie’s dealings with the Port Authority. The Record newspaper reports that Christie’s administration pressured the Port Authority to hire the law firm the administration used via a no bid contract. There was a job where there was no competitive bidding process that took place in 2010 for the same law firm to be hired for some work by the agency.