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Galloway Township Responsible for $75,000 in Lisa Tilton Settlement

The total settlement was for $250,000.

According to Galloway Township Manager Arch Liston, the township will be responsible for paying $75,000 of the $250,000 settlement the township recently reached as it pertains to a lawsuit filed by former Township Clerk Lisa Tilton.

“Our contributions due to the structure of the policy coverage was $75,000,” Liston said, adding that this will have no impact on the 2013 budget.

Multiple sources previously speculated the township would be responsible for about half the cost of the settlement, but Liston provided the $75,000 number Tuesday morning, Jan. 8.

The Indian Harbor Insurance Company is responsible for issuing the payment to Tilton within 30 days of the execution of the settlement agreement.

The Atlantic County Joint Insurance Fund (JIF) will handle the rest of the cost.

In the event that there are any taxes or penalties assessed in relation to the agreement, she will be responsible for paying those taxes.

Tilton’s lawsuit against the township and numerous individuals was settled and approved by resolution at the council meeting on Dec. 11. The agreement was fully executed on Friday, Jan. 4, and details were released to the media on Monday, Jan. 7.

The township had its own attorney in the matter, but former councilman Dennis Kleiner and former manager Steve Bonanni used separate attorneys. Former solicitor Michael Blee also had a separate attorney, but he wasn’t involved in the settlement.

Dtalz January 08, 2013 at 11:04 PM
So if it will not affect the 2013 budget where is the money coming from? Are the parties involved paying it personally? Or will it affect us in 2014 when the new reassessment takes place?
Dtalz January 08, 2013 at 11:10 PM
I feel a complete house cleaning is in order for Galloway township council and administrators. Furthermore, an ordinance needs to be enacted barring any business owners who do business within the confines of the township to become a member of council. The abuse of power, crony-ism and plain old kick backs needs to end. Lets make Galloway great. Hey, I have an idea. Lets entice businesses to open up here! Lets get more rateables into the equation. Lets not sell places such as Seaview to the largest property owner in the township, who is tax exempt! Get your heads out of your asses!!
Our_Town January 09, 2013 at 12:54 AM
@dtalz While I agree that a complete house cleaning is in order you are wrong on the seaview issue. They are making a payment in lieu of taxes that's equal to the taxes that were paid.
Dtalz January 09, 2013 at 01:22 AM
And was that a one-time payment or a recurring annual payment? And is said payment subject to increases with re-assessment as we all are?
tirepatch January 09, 2013 at 01:04 PM
so the guilty people get off free?
SouthEgg-Head January 09, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, owner of the Seaview Resort, is property tax exempt with limited exceptions. Upon its purchase of the golf and hotel resort in 2010, the college agreed to make a gift payment to the township in the amount of $300,000. This was to approximate the amount that Stockton would have made if it was obligated to pay property taxes. Since the college has no legal obligation to pay property taxes, the donation is not a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT). It is a cash gift that was promised for three years, starting in 2011. Review the past Patch articles on the story starting in late 2010 and you will read how the township tried to bind the college to annual payments. After this year, the college could make a larger donation, a reduced amount, or stop payment altogether.
Dtalz January 09, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Thanks for the clarification! I knew Galloway officials could not have thought that far ahead.
Keep Galloway Green January 09, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I like how it takes 2 articles to find out the settlement details. How come Galloway didn't mention the $75,000 in the first article? >>>>>Galloway should sue Bonanni & Kleiner for their actions. Galloway should sue them for $75,000 + that supposed $250,000 legal fee. >>>>Hey Anthony!!!!!....Can you find out how much Galloway spent on legal fees for the Tilton Case?....It's a crime that this Mayor & Council wasted possibly $325,000 on this Tilton Case. If Mayor & Council are representing the Galloway residents....they should sue to recover that $$$$. Indian Harbor should also sue Bonnanni & Kleiner to recover what they paid. Anyone that caused Galloway to payout this $$$ should be sued!....The taxpayers did nothing to incur this...it was certain individuals. So far I don't see 1 person on these comments who thinks Galloway Taxpayers should pay this $$$$. Galloway & Indian Harbor should sue Bonnani & Kleiner & whoever caused this payout.
JerseyDevil January 09, 2013 at 03:22 PM
There was/is nothing the Township could do about that sale.
jim hicks January 09, 2013 at 05:23 PM
gee, it's funny when a politician becomes personally liable how willing they are to settle with other peoples money. lisa should have held out for a lot more.
Dtalz January 09, 2013 at 10:06 PM
If ANYONE was saving the township money, it was not current council as they have stated in their reason for the settlement, it was Lisa Tilton!
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