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Friday, February 02, 2007

Local Government Tax Shell-acking Game

The people of New Jersey spent $38.2 billion for local government in 2006. That’s the total amount spent for all public schools, municipal and county governments in the state. It breaks down to $4,378.44 for every man, woman and child in the Garden State.

Property taxpayers paid $20.9 billion of the total tab for local government, of which $15.4 billion was picked up by homeowners. State taxpayers contributed $13.3 billion and other local and state revenue sources funded the remaining $4 billion.

This means homeowners paid 40.3 percent of the cost of local government in 2006 before receiving direct property tax relief of $1.7 billion in the form of property tax rebate checks and credits. Of course state taxpayers paid for this property tax relief program too while the cost of local government remained unchanged at $38.2 billion.

The system for financing local government in New Jersey is one very complicated shell game. The object of the game is to spend as much as you dare while getting the other guy to pay for it. We’ll show you how the Local Government Tax Shell-acking game is played in future posts.

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At 4:00 PM, Blogger The Big Professor said...

No taxes, no government. It is as simple as that. No government, no programs and then what? People starving, living in the streets and feeding off of garbage.

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous ridgewood said...

excuse me big prof, but nobody here said no government and no taxes. The rate of spending does need to be controlled, however for the long term economic health of the state. Even Corzine wants to avoid additional tax increases.

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Bob said...

Even Corzine wants to avoid additional tax increases.

Nothing he has done thus far leads me to that conclusion.

At 10:22 PM, Blogger Ken Adams said...

Nothing he has done thus far leads me to that conclusion.

Bob's right, although I think ridgewood's idea could be made to fit the situation with a minor edit:

Even Corzine wants to avoid getting blamed for additional tax increases.

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous ridgewood said...

Ken and Bob

I think Corzine has said he wants to avoid additional income tax increases. Whether he actually does it is another matter, I admit. I do think at least some dems realize that the tax increases must stop, or the state will become an economic basket case. I

At 9:51 AM, Blogger WjcW said...

too late.

At 7:45 AM, Blogger KingDrudge said...

Hey Ridgewood, wake up NJ already is a economic basket case. We are one of the few states in the union who is running a defict, for godsakes even Socialist Republic of New York has a budget surplus, not just NYC but the NY state as a whole. I did not vote for Corzine and have thought about moving out of NJ, but I am willing to give him a chance and so far I have not been impressed. While Corzine fiddles, moving companies are raking it in thanks to the out of control property taxes.

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

Jon Corzine simply wants to resort to the same gimmicks and quick fixes that Governors past, Republican and Democrat have resorted to and have gotten us into the mess that we're in today.

It appears that he is simply too afraid to go up against organized labor to do what is necessary to fix the state's economic woes. It was after all, organized labor that got a large demographic of his vote out and he is well aware of how much power and influence they have in New Jersey. They could easily pursuade a Dick Codey or Rob Andrews to challenge Corzine in the '09 Democratic Primary if they feel that Corzine is not doing right by them.

It's a shame that there are no Ronald Reagans around anymore to say, You're all fired!

At 5:21 PM, Blogger KingDrudge said...

As a current college student, Corzine has no idea how many soon to be graduates plan on leaving the minute they are given their degree. Keep up the pandering Corzine, you want this state to be full of union members and welfare recipients well your on your way to doing so buddy. Organized labor is old & gray and contributes nothing to the dynamic and competitive world we must live in today. I am 23 and have lived in NJ since I was six. It breaks my heart to see the basket case NJ has become because we can do SOOOOO much better. However, knowing how patheic this state has become, I am willing to bet that GRANDFATHER CLOCK LAUTENBURG WILL BE RE-ELECTED IN 08.

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

You're probably right. If we could elect a criminal to the US Senate, we're more than capable of re-electing a dinosaur.

At 6:35 PM, Blogger KingDrudge said...

Hey Dino, I love ya buddy but a Ronald Reagan produced in NJ........LOLOLOLOL, thats like asking Canada to produce a Ahmadinejad. Its just not possible

At 6:31 AM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

HA!! I know, wishful thinking on my part!

I think Steve Lonegan would be exactly what New Jersey needs in a Governor. Unfortunately, he would never win in a million years. That being said, he's still got my vote.

At 9:50 PM, Blogger b4freedom said...

I seriously hope that the Feds investigate all of the politicians and bust all of them. They are all crooks.

Everyone elected does two things: Find new ways to spend money. Find friends public jobs or get friends contracts.

If the state wants to cut local property taxes it has to do this as a start:

1)Stop finding new ways to spend money. How many new projects, funds, organizations, entities have been created over the past year?
2)Start small and slowly take over services provided by local governments. Easy example: marriage licenses. Why can't thousands of local secretaries doing manual paperwork be replaced with one centralized web form managed by the company that won via the lowest bid?
3)Control management. Most management in NJ state and local governments are cushy overpaid jobs that have absolutely no accountability and are stock full of politically appointed under qualified idiots. If you watch The Office, you'll know exactly what most state managers are like.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger KingDrudge said...

I hear you loud and clear B4Freedom. I would love nothing more than to see low and high level corrupt politicians in these state do a nice long perp walk. I personally do not think Corzine is corrupt(hasnt been in long enough to get corrupt), but man-o-man are there some party bosses in this state that need to go down hard.

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

Party bossism has gotten so out of control in Hudson that when West New York Mayor/Assemblyman Albio Sires went to Washington, he gave the District freeholder Sal Vega both of his old jobs. I went in depth about this issue since Tom Moran saw fit to write a commentary that ran in the Jersey Journal as to why he feels that Jon Corzine should be more like Eliot Spitzer and publicly chastize his own party. Basically, my response explained why this is not possible.

Corzine not be corrupt himself but the people that got him where he is today are and he realizes that he only has so much power. Political hacks who are dual office holders who act as though they are untouchable are doing a ton of damage to our state and they have intentionally stacked the deck in their favor so they never lose.

Our state is being picked apart by vultures. Unfortunately, there seems to be no end in sight.

At 8:39 AM, Blogger KingDrudge said...

Excuse me for sounding simplistic, but being the simple guy young fellow that I am, if Corzine had as it seems now, no intention on true refrom, THEN WHY THE HELL DID HE RUN TO BE GOVERNOR.

At 10:15 PM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

One, because he had the money to run, two because he was tired of being in the minority in the US Senate and three because he had the money to run.

That pretty much sums it up.

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