Galloway residents air grievances over taxes at standing room only council meeting

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GALLOWAY- Residents from the Four Seasons and elsewhere in the township are angry over tax rate increases reflected in their bills.

And with the grace period ending tomorrow, people had plenty to say during a forum with Mayor Don Purdy answering questions.

More than 200 people lined up to enter the meeting at the Municipal Complex Tuesday night, Aug. 19.
Many had to wait outside until others left due to fire codes.

Suzanne Martenz of the Four Seasons housing development held a sign saying “Unfair” regarding the 2014 tax increase, which brought the tax rate up to $2.94 per $100 of assessed valuation. Her tax rate went up $1,700 and now she will be paying $7,000.

Some residents shouted from the audience asking what the mayor is going to do about this and why are residents paying so much more in taxes. Laura Potter, a single mother of two who resides in the Smithville section of the township, said her taxes went up more than $2,000 to $6,600.

Mayor Don Purdy told the residents during the meeting that he would hold a special meeting within the next couple of days to dedicate to tax rate and asssessment questions. He further said that the company that did the reassessments last year, Vital Communication, and the tax collector would be nvited to attend. He also urged taxpayers to attend the Aug. 25 School board meeting to air their concerns. He said he would also be there. School officials were invited to attend tonight's meeting but opted not to.

Purdy emphasized to the often shouting residents, that 61 percent of the tax rate comes from the school taxes, 22 percent comes from municipal taxes and the remaining come from the county.

But that didn't seem to matter to disgruntled residents who filled the room.

Read more about the Council meeting at and the Galloway Current.

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