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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

$300,000 PILOT Agreement Between Township and Stockton College Due to Expire without Renewal in Place for Stockton Seaview Hotel

Mayor Don Purdy and Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.
Credit: OneGalloway August 20, 2013
GallowayTwpNews.com was the first entity to report in January 2013 that Township Officials confirmed discussions would commence in upcoming weeks between Galloway Township and Richard "Stockton" College. 

A $300,000 PILOT Contribution made by Stockton College over the past three years is now due to expire in 4 months. Without a new agreement the Township will begin 2014 with a $300,000 guaranteed deficit.

In January 2013, Township Manager Arch Liston and Mayor Don Purdy both confirmed that the Township would begin discussions with Stockton College in order to negotiate a renewal of the PILOT agreement and amount. 

GallowayTwpNews.com spoke with Mayor Don Purdy in January 2013 and Purdy was confident a new agreement would be reached. However, heading into September 2013, Council still has not been presented with a renewal agreement.  

Purdy as of recently has been seen with Stockton President Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., at a recent Republican gathering for business owners. 

In a recent request for comment, Liston did not respond to confirm the status, if any, of a new agreement. Township Solicitor Michael Fitzgerald also did not respond to our request on a status. 

Township Council has yet to discuss in open or closed session any update to the SASI Pilot Renewal Agreement or to have the Stockton Officials at a Council Meeting to discuss a renewal as they did in 2010. 

The last Board Meeting on the SASI Board Schedule for the year is Friday, September 27, 2013. The Agreement is due to expire on December 31, 2013. 

GallowayTwpNews.com hopes the update to this story will drive Council to discuss the renewal of this agreement for the taxpayers of Galloway Township and procure at least another $300,000, if not more. 

Background:
In December 2010 the Township and Richard Stockton College entered into a three (3) year agreement for Payment In Lieu of Taxes. The agreement as released below states Richard Stockton College will make a $300,000 payment to the Township by March 1st of each year. The agreement included years 2011, 2012 and 2013. 

A stipulation in the agreement states, "Galloway and Stockton will reevaluate this Agreement prior to it expiration and shall discuss the appropriate contribution to be made in future years based upon the nature of the activities being conducted at Seaview. Stockton's financial situation at the time, and the municipal resources used by Stockton, as well as the services provided by Galloway."

Stockton College has their own Police Department, however at the time of discussions with the Township in 2010, Township Officials were concerned about other Township services Stockton Seaview would be utilizing. Those services included the Township Fire Company and Galloway Police Department on calls for service. Township Officials including former Mayor Keith Hartman and then Deputy Mayor Don Purdy meet with Stockton Officials for two hours in September 2010 before the $300,000 contribution was agreed upon. 

Stockton purchased Seaview Hotel and converted multiple rooms into dorms for some of their elite students that would participate in the Hospitality Program with the College. Stockton also spent millions of dollars in renovations before hosting their first LPGA Tournament. 

Stockton also has another PILOT agreement with the Township for residential houses they own within the Township.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

She has a text message with the Mayor from January. What else does she have piled up on him. LOL

Anonymous said...

That wasn't a Repo gathering that was a Repo fundraiser. Why is the president of stockton college showing up at republican fundraiser? I guess the Mayor was to busy hiring his personal attorney and solidifying vengeance against people before he can worry about the residents of galloway.

Anonymous said...

Yea Don King is getting worried everyday. Maybe he should concentrate on helping the township and not himself anymore. Or resign. That would help everyone.

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