Court Orders Tabernacle To Release Farmland Assessment Documents

On June 21, 2016, Burlington County Superior Court Judge Ronald Bookbinder ordered Tabernacle Township to turn over the documents responsive to my November 1, 2014, Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request. Though marked “tentative,” the decision has become final. Back in November 2014, I requested the Farmland Assessment application forms and the receipts that my neighbor Read More…

Tabernacle Committee And Rescue Squad, $how Us The Money! October 13, 2015 Meeting Video And Audio Available

Mayor and Committee need to get beyond the finger pointing (more on this below) and establish a well informed and financially sound policy to provide emergency medical services. If they look at neighboring townships, they will see that emergency service billing programs generate substantial revenue that is used to reduce taxes. Tabernacle should follow their Read More…

Tabernacle Admits Secrecy About Insurance Billing Program, August 10, 2015 Meeting Video And Audio Available

Mayor Brown Says Committee Doesn’t Want The Public To Know About The Insurance Billing Program.   TTJ has reported extensively on the Committee’s extraordinary reluctance to ask questions or exercise oversight over the Tabernacle Rescue Squad’s insurance billing program. The Committee’s position is unusual for a number of reasons. First, the Committee supported the billing Read More…

Tabernacle Misses The Target On OPRA. June 22, 2015 Meeting Audio Available.

Public Comment (Again And Still). The Committee’s no-longer new public comment policy is a frequent topic of criticism because, predictably (see TTJ June 20 Post), it has become a petty roadblock rather than a useful channel of communication. Examples of misunderstood questions, off-topic answers, partial answers and other nonsense occur regularly. A new level of Read More…

Township Admits Miscalculation Of Fee And Will Issue Refunds

The Open Public Records Act requires that when public agencies make ordinary copies, they can only charge for the “cost of materials and supplies.” They can’t charge for their time and labor unless the copying requires an extraordinary amount of time or the record can’t be “reproduced by ordinary document copying equipment” (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5b-c). Making Read More…