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Resource ID: #21044
Subject: City Government
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Date: May 1

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One of the poorest cities in the nation with a rich political history, Camden, N.J is in the process of being revitalized. But a part of its present beleagured condition, residents say, can be attributed to the absence of an effective tax collection system. A fitting but dubious complement to this are the misdeeds of local political headhonchos who spare no effort in deepening their own pockets. A classic case in point is erstwhile Gov.Jim Florio who's firm has been contracted to collect the city's taxes. A hidden deal in this contract is the 25 c per dollar return that Floria's firm would encash. And while Floria is looking at a making a sweet $5 million from this exercise, impoverished residents are on the verge of losing their homes, thanks to their inability to pay steep tax amounts.

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