It’s happening, folks. We’re already 2 meetings deep into the Future Planning Advisory Committee Hunger Games and the Gamemakers have permitted the public to attend to a hand-select meeting: Meeting #3.*

WHO: You. You’re going, right?

WHEN: March 19th at 7 PM

WHERE: District Administrative Building

WHAT: The topic is “school funding.” The Administrator of the County Board of Taxation, Martin Guhl, will be discussing how school taxes are apportioned among towns in a regional school district

You: No. I meant, “WHAT?!?!” 

Yup. I got the email today at 5:02 pm from Dr. Smith. Today. The day before the meeting. Also, it isn’t on the school district’s website calendar.

If you want to read about property taxes, equalization ratios, and some of the basics on how tax assessments are put together, Ryan Kennedy has already written a post here about them.

One or more of the MercerMe team will see you in the “arena” tomorrow night. We’ll be doing a bit of live tweeting (so follow us on twitter @mercermenj) and then follow it up with a summary post.

*The committee, according to the February meeting minutes, decided as a group to keep the majority of the meetings closed to the public unless a speaker would be presenting to the committee.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


  1. Glad someone can go! I already have the Pennytown mtg at the municipal bldg on my schedule. Fun Times! Dr Smith is probably reading my email message from last night right now! 🙂