Tabernacle Admits To OPRA And OPMA Violations; June 2019 Meeting Videos

There are 565 municipalities in New Jersey. Last week, through a Superior Court consent order, a Tabernacle Township employee received a civil penalty for “knowingly and willfully” withholding public documents, since the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) became law in 2001. Separately, in the same consent order, the Tabernacle Township Clerk was ordered to retract Read More…

Tabernacle’s 2019 Budget: Tax And Spend

2019 Budget. Tabernacle’s 2019 municipal budget was the main item for discussion at the April 8 committee meeting. Committee members again demonstrated that they would rather increase taxes than decrease spending or increase revenue. No belt tightening for this committee. The committee directed Chief Financial Officer Rodney Haines to make final tweaks on a budget Read More…

Tabernacle Tables Ordinance It Blindly Advanced

Gross Vehicle Weight Ordinance. At the March 25, 2019 meeting, the township committee tabled ordinance 2019-1, which would have increased the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of vehicles allowed to be parked in residential zones from 12,500 pounds to 17,500 pounds. The motion to table occurred after residents, during the public hearing, provided relevant information on Read More…

Budget Time In Tabernacle Township

At the March 11, 2019 township meeting, Rodney Haines, Tabernacle’s Chief Financial Officer, told committee members that the cost of the township’s debt service will drive annual municipal tax increases for the next decade. Haines said that municipal tax increases of approximately 3.8% every year will be required over the next 10 years. According to Read More…

Tabernacle’s Emergency Services “Plan” Still On The Brink Of Failure

At its December 27, 2018 meeting, the township committee took the first of two big steps backwards in its five-year slog to develop and implement a centralized emergency services plan. First, it accepted the resignation of Arch Liston, its public safety director. Mr. Liston was a highly experienced, independent administrator who was hired to recommend Read More…

Tabernacle Rescue Squad, Has Anything Changed?

At the October 22, 2018 committee meeting, the room was packed with TRS supporters who came for Item 6: the second reading of Ordinance 2018-7, “An Ordinance …Repealing Chapter II, Article 2-7A of the Revised General Ordinances of Tabernacle Township.” That’s the ordinance that designates the Tabernacle Rescue Squad (TRS) as the “…official emergency medical Read More…