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2019 budget, smoking ban top this week’s stories

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Catch up on the biggest stories in Moorestown this week.

Mary E. Roberts’ Elementary School held their annual Science Day on Thursday, March 14. Paleontologist Dr. Alison Moyer of the Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University brought fossils and held a demonstration for the school’s third graders

Moorestown Township put forward their proposed 2019 budget, and smoking is now banned in all of Moorestown’s parks. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Moorestown residents to see potential tax increase

Moorestown Township residents are looking at a potential tax increase under the proposed 2019 municipal budget. The proposed tax rate of $0.42 per $100 of assessed value marks a 2 cent increase from last year’s rate of $0.40.

The average assessed home of $454,032 will pay $1,925.10 in local purpose taxes. This is a $90.81 increase over last year’s average assessed home tax bill. The overall 2019 levy is $17,180,773, which marks a 5.44 percent increase. The municipal portion of this tax rate is $1,743.48 while the library portion is $181.61, which marks an $81.73 and $9.08 increase respectively.

Smoking extinguished at Moorestown’s parks

Smokers thinking about lighting up at Moorestown’s parks should look elsewhere. Mayor Lisa Petriello discussed the steps Moorestown is taking to enforce the state ban on smoking in public parks at the most recent meeting of Moorestown Township Council.

Gov. Murphy signed off on revisions to the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006,” which makes smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes and using any smokeless tobacco devices illegal in New Jersey’s public parks, forests and beaches. The law went into effect as of Jan. 16.

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