New Jersey: County Exec Proposes Cutting Hours at Atlantic City Area Public Libraries to Help Reduce Taxes
From the Press of Atlantic City:
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson is proposing cutting the county Open Space Tax to decrease the burden on taxpayers by $1.5 million, after several mayors asked him to re-examine the county budget for savings.
Levinson also said he proposes saving about $310,000 in 2015 by cutting back on county library hours. Most branches would lose Monday night hours from 5 to 8 p.m., while the Brigantine branch would lose its Tuesday night hours from 5 to 8 p.m. and the Mays Landing branch would close at 8 p.m. rather than 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Only the Egg Harbor City branch and the Buena Community Reading Center’s hours would remain unchanged in the proposed plan.
The open space tax and the county library tax are paid by towns separately from the operating budget, which would remain up 2.7 percent from $196 million to $201 million.
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