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New Jersey's Tool Kit

Thursday, December 16, 2010

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly gives an update of recent and upcoming legislative decisions in New Jersey. 

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Comments [8]

amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

@ longstreet - I actually don't disagree with SOME of your analysis with regards to "keeping up with the Joneses" in NJ, but your characterization of that behavior as strictly "lefty" is just laughable! Is that why formerly booming Red state governments/economies, like AZ and NV, are as bad off or worse than NJ, because they're lefties?

No, because greed and a belief that housing values were always going to increase, along with the concomitant services.

The main problem with NJ property taxes is "homerule" where small municipalities each provide government services in spite of redundancies and unnecessary costs. This was spawned from a good _conservative_ notion of local people running local operations, but as the state grew rapidly and because of the high priced urban areas to the south and north, these municipalities and the services they provide became too big and unwieldy.

Dec. 16 2010 12:02 PM
Edward from NJ

Towns have a budget. The values on the individual homes determine how the cost of that budget is distributed. Many towns go 5-10 years between reassessments because the specific value of the individual homes only matters relative to the other homes in the town. Until last year, my house was valued in 2001 dollars, but so were all the other houses in the town.

Dec. 16 2010 11:28 AM
Vincent Domeraski from Hammondsport NY

Damn spell checker -- retirees not refugees.

Dec. 16 2010 11:24 AM
Vincent Domeraski from Hammondsport, NY

My impression was in 2001 that there was a pension surplus and that it was given to refugees in order to keep it out of the general fund.

Dec. 16 2010 11:21 AM
Longstreet from NYC area

NJ is getting what it deserves. Lefties have ruled for decades, and only lefties believe you can keep spending and spending (other people's money, that is) in perpetuity. When you're worldview revolves around envy and always wanting someone else to pick up the tab, it will never end well.
I'm afraid you ain't seen nothing, yet.

Dec. 16 2010 11:19 AM

Retro pay is good for the municipalities. They don’t pay interest on that back pay.

Dec. 16 2010 11:16 AM

By the way a few years ago nyc cut the pay for new cops. A nypd sergeant told me the quality of new cops suffer doing that time.
U get what u pay for.

Dec. 16 2010 11:10 AM

the only tool needed is the cut some of those 566 municipalities & 100s of school districts

please talk about New Jersey's new local-government efficiency test.

Dec. 16 2010 11:06 AM

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