The Lower Township Council will be voting at its next meeting on raising some fees in the township. One fee that got a lot of conversation going was a $5 hike for recreation department activities. Councilman Tom Conrad told Coastal Broadcasting he was concerned because half of the township’s children participate in the reduced or free lunch program.
It is estimated by Mayor Michael Beck that the township is facing a $1 million budget shortfall in the upcoming year. Conrad noted that the deficit may not be as large as projected, and those numbers tend to be a worse-case senario.
Fees would also be increased on businesses for trash removal, though that may be up for further discussion. There was a proposal discussed that would eliminated commercial trash pickup by the township.
A vote is expected on some of the fees through an ordinance at the next meeting on Sept. 6.