Harvey Cedars Taxpayers Annual Membership Meeting Saturday

Aug 22, 2018

The Southern Regional school tax issue is expected to be a key item for discussion when the Harvey Cedars Taxpayers Association holds its annual general membership meeting on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at the High Point Volunteer Fire Co. firehouse.

Association President Mike Songer said guest Mayor Jonathan Oldham will be on hand to address the group. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served.

“The mayor will give some updates and be available for questions and answers,” Songer said. “Our group members can also bring up various issues for discussion.”

Songer noted that the school costs issue is sure to be the hot topic since the borough recently learned that it has seen the largest jump in the per-pupil cost, a $60,000 increase since last year. With just nine students enrolled, the borough’s cost per student is $315,570 for the upcoming year, and three fewer students are slated to attend the regional school district. It was $255,000 last year.

“We’re going to be very hard at work with this in the off-season, along with other taxpayers groups on the Island,” said Songer. “The whole tax formula is so unfair. Island students represent less than 10 percent of  the entire student body population, yet we account for nearly 80 percent of the school funding burden.”

Songer said beach replenishment and Boulevard safety are also likely to be discussed.

“Our group has around 200 members and we get an average of 150 for this general membership meeting,” said Songer. “Hopefully, we’ll get some new members. There will be information on how to join.”

For more information,visit hcta.org.  —E.E.

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