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Medford OK’s, Lawrence Rejects Cap Override

Voters in two New Jersey towns have decided whether to exceed the state’s 2 percent cap on property taxes.

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Medford Township voters approved a tax increase by a margin of 3,574 votes to 2,729 on Tuesday. However, Lawrence Township rejected an increase with 2,501 votes compared to 1,282.

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Gov. Chris Christie had urged voters in both towns to reject the referendums.

Medford officials had warned residents that trash pick-up would be eliminated and municipal employees would likely be laid off if the referendum didn’t pass.

Lawrence Township officials said they would charge households a $28 monthly garbage collection fee if voters said no.

New Jersey towns can’t raise their tax levy by more than 2 percent without asking voters.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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