G.O.P. Freeholders Seek Cut in Budget

Camden Courier-Post – February 8, 1938

Minority Group Confers on Slashes; Plan Action at Session Tomorrow

The Republican minority members of the Camden County Board of Freeholders conferred last night on the proposed 1938 budget and promised to make recommendations on further reducing the figures in the original draft.

J. Alfred Beck, Audubon, minority floor leader, who presided at the caucus in the grand jury room of the court house, said the budget was discussed from various angles. The minority members will confer again tomorrow night before the monthly meeting of the board, he said.

“We only discussed generalities tonight,” Beck said after the meeting.” We also discussed county parks but our principal topic was the budget.

“When we get together Wednesday night we expect to offer suggestions to the board on further reducing the budget.”

Other freeholders attending the caucus were Benjamin F. Slemmer, Haddon Heights; George Farrell, Jr., Haddonfield; James W. Wood, Lindenwold; William Myers, Voorhees Township; James Kershaw, Mt. Ephraim; William C. Gerhard, Merchantville, who is chairman of the budget committee; William A. Coll, Haddon township; Wilfred H. Forrest, Pine Hill, and Lewis P. Orchard, Berlin.

Absent from the minority group were Louis Bantivoglio, Fifth Ward; Joseph S. Fitzgerald, Barrington; Frank C. Schramm, Waterford; Howard H. Westcott, Pennsauken Township, and Reuben Heggen, Winslow Township.

Beck revealed 26 votes are needed in the board to approve the budget on final reading: Four Kobus and Independent Republicans formed a coalition with the Democrats at the organization of the board on New Year’s Day, giving the coalition 23 votes. Beck said it is necessary, to have two-thirds votes of the 38 members, whether they are present or not, to approve the budget. At least three votes from the present minority Republican group is necessary to pass the budget on final reading, he said.


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