Middle Township issued a press release to clear confusion about a mistake made in the Cape May County Herald. The paper reported incorrectly that the ordinance was being amended to include built-in pay increases for employees based on years of service. Part of the language that is in the ordinance speaks to the law pertaining to longevity payments. These payments (percentages of the employees’ salaries, based on years of service) used to be common practice. Middle Township and most other municipalities did away with longevity for new hires years ago. However, Middle Township employees hired before 1994 are still eligible to receive longevity payments. The press release says that the Herald’s story incorrectly mischaracterized this language as a plan to increase employees’ pay incrementally, based on years of service. No such plan is under consideration.