Chester Township Police Chief Edward Strait was back in the news with a summary of the vandalism caused during the previous weeks (the second half of October). He said that during the 15 days preceding and including Halloween 1960, vandalism damage to the community totaled $2,537. Damage to signage was $1,500, and damage to fences, bridges, and trees was $1,037. Further, the vandals cost taxpayers an additional $549.10 in extra police patrol time, and mileage and fuel for patrol vehicles. Source: Observer-Tribune
Chester Township voted to increase its budget by $5,044.34, in 1938. According to the Mendham-Chester Tribune, new road equipment and the purchase of a site for the new Township Hall counted for $4,000 of the tax increase. Other items, such as a $50 appropriation to the Boy Scouts and a recreational program at Borough Hall made up the remainder of the budget.
In the tax levy distribution report, the Taxpayers Association of Chester Township said 5% of the taxpayers carry 1/3 of the tax burden, in 1960. The average taxpayer paid $278 in property taxes on a $13,250 home. Source: Observer-Tribune
Charles A. Williamson, Tax Assessor for the Borough, and Peyton Rochelle, Tax Assessor for the Township, announced that all applicants for the senior citizen exemption must file applications with their respective assessors on or before November 1, 1961, said the Observer-Tribune. Williamson said that pending legislation necessitated the use of a new form filled out by citizens who claimed an $800 exemption for 1961, as well as people filing this type of claim for the first time.
In 1938, the Chester Township Committee raised taxes by $5,044.34. The increase was primarily due to the need for new road equipment and the purchase of a Milltown site for the new Township Hall. Source: Mendham-Chester Tribune.
In 1937, Mendham-Chester Tribune publisher C. Fred Westin wrote an editorial called “The Motorists’ Tax Bill.” In it, he said that New Jersey motorists paid an average gasoline tax bill of $33.60 in 1936, according to A.L. Valter, chairman of the Morris County Petroleum Industries Committee. Due to improved business conditions and more employment, gasoline consumption in the state increased about 10%. In 1936, the state gas tax was $0.03 per gallon.