LOWER'S BUSINESSES COULD BE HIT TWICE WITH INCREASES

A couple of proposals are floating around in Lower Township that could hurt businesses twice. The township council is considering increasing the mercantile fees and doing away with commercial trash pick up. Lower Township is one of a few towns in the area that does provide commercial trash pick up. The township is looking to get out of that business and having the businesses have to pay a contractor to do the work for them.

The council may increase the mercantile fees as well. Deputy Mayor Kevin Lare told Coastal Broadcasting he told council that putting both proposals through would be a bad idea for the township. Lower Township is in a $1 million deficit for the upcoming fiscal year. If the township stops commercial trash pick up, they will save in the area of $120,000. Lare believes there will be a tax increase next year and there is only so many increases businesses can take before they decide to move out.

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