Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I drove to work and worked till 9:45pm I ended my night at the Oar House with good friends
Of course our local media will not report how even SLIGHT dissent is just ignored and dismissed like flies on a dog. Can they check things out and act like a free press in a free country?? I mean most folks do not want to bother to look into this in a recession. Does it take a man with a cheap digital camera and his friends to do the work of the press. I was struck how the media tells us that the "Main Voice of Dissent" is a Democrat on a 7-0 Democratic controlled freeholder board. She is no longer on the board as of Freeholder meeting held Tues Dec 30 2008.
While I and others have concerned ourselves with a man with taxpayer subsidized horse farm, the BIG guy on the Freeholder Board has taken control of all in Cumberland County New Jersey!! He has done it the old fashioned Illinois way with power and intimidation. I will leave it to the more informed to give details. I do know in 2009 that the county government merits watching. As I read earlier this month, our county taxes have gone up...up and up and what do we get from it?? A new courthouse????
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I was going to chill out on politics but I read a letter to the editor in the Daily Journal and I had to join in. Here are some facts on the ever-increasing tax rate that the County keeps inposing on taxpayers of our county
The county tax rate has steadily increased from 2001 to the present:
To put these numbers into a meaningful perspective, I used a property with a net taxable valuation of $100,000. In 2002, the Cumberland County tax payable on this assumed property would be $1,074. Fast forward to 2008. The county tax rate of $1.861 would result in a bill of $1,861 for the property owner. In seven years, the resulting increase of $787 yielded a whopping 73 percent increase.
Friday, December 26, 2008
I forgot to mention in my last post a couple facts. The city now can require a recertification on a yearly basis to make sure that the business with the abatement is maintaining employment, paying taxes etc. If they are not then the city can cancel the abatement. I believe that the city has demonstrated that abatements have minimal impact on local taxes. Millville has the second lowest tax rate in the county. Since 2006 Millville’s municipal rate has increased 11 cents – the county 38 cents and the BOE 2 cents. Bridgeton’s municipal rate is $1.25 higher than Millville’s and Vineland’s is $1 higher (both cities have abatement programs).
The city has shown it can manage its resources
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Well my last serious post before X-Mas....
The issue of Tax Abatements has come up over and over again at City Commisson meetings. Its true in the ideal world there would be no need for them and everyone would pay their fair share all the time. In this awful economic climate, its important to remain competitive. In our case the City of Vineland has used Tax Abatements to bring in the Cumberland Mall and its been stated by Vineland officals that they will continue to use tax abatements as a tool for economic development. I think it would be foolhardy to drop our Tax Abatement while Vineland keeps using them. Guess where some businesses would move?? I decided to find out some information on the hard numbers:
The term is PILOT. or Payment in Lieu of Taxes Over the 5 year PILOT for the 10 business the City will collect $14,967.81 more than if the business were paying full taxes. Plus the owner of the land will be paying full taxes on the land
Furthermore I found that over the 5 years the city collects $14,967 more than if it were on the tax rolls. The city also collected $47,288 in added assessments for 2008 before the PILOT starts in 2009. Also a Farmland Assessment (Abatement) saved a city resident $229,025.78 in taxes in 2008. This person paid $7,574.60 on 458.24 acres in 2008. If the land was fully assessed this resident would pay $236,600.38.
This person has opposed any tax abatements for businesses in Millville!!
In today's News of Cumberland County, a business owner
" Lester Didomenico, whose Finish Line Auto Repair shop submitted one of the 10 applications approved on first reading Tuesday, said the practice is necessary.
"I am here, in this city, because of a tax abatement," he said. "It allows me to stay in Millville; it means I get to stay in business."
Sunday, December 21, 2008
So it was a shock when yesterday Dec 20th, the front page of The News of Cumberland County has this "Blaze displaces 31 people".
It was a stroke of LUCK that no one was KILLED in this inferno. Heavy fire shot from the second floor of the house. The facts of this blaze should cause concern by Bridgeton City officials and County officials (ya THINK). Get this, the house is divided into seven apartments and is owned (like most in this town) is owned by Bob Thompson. According to Bridgeton Fire Chief Dave Schoch, Thompson only had 10 residents on record there. "By law there's only supposed to be 18 people living in that building." The fire chief CONFIRMED that there were 31 people living there!
Now, since a landlord broke the law and almost got people killed due to BREAKING that law shouldn't there be a punishment? Well, I can bet my box of Chero's that this landlord who owns half of Bridgeton will not suffer any consequnses except the lost rent to those THIRRY-ONE PEOPLE! Well, maybe only the rent of 10 or 18 but heck who is counting. I am sure Mr. Thompson lost count too. As person on a local Forum said: "This was on the main North-South Street. The City will NEVER return to it's days of glory until it rids itself of these flop houses."
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The other night, we saw a report on ABC News that a certain glass-making capitol of the United States is now turning to Solar Power. Companies such Solar Fields and Xunlight Corp have created 10,000 new jobs in this once decaying glasstown. This is Toledo Ohio which has seen its glass industry fade along with the fortunes of the big three automakers.
I do not see why Millville/Bridgeton can not conduct the same outreach in a technology with a future. Lets open our vision and think out of the T-Fal box and consider this for our industrial park. A certain official said that she was open to new business suggestions. Well, here is a one to look at . We could be New Jersey’s solar valley,"
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Last night the City Commission the City Commission stated its intent to approve the $2.95 million UEZ grant at next month's meeting. The move is meant to help the Levoy board secure money from its other sources. THe evoy Theatre Preservation Society board members presented piles of petitions with signatures of support. Also many stood up and gave their support
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I read this from the AC Press on Monday December 15th 2008
Cumberland County New Jersey will have ONLY one bookstore
and thankfullyI live right near it.
Sherlock Tomes in Bridgeton will officially go out of business.
That will leave Cumberland County, which has long carried the stigma of its impoverished areas and low education rates, with a single bookstore, Bogart's Books and Cafe in Millville.
According to recent census findings, about 15 percent of Vineland residents hold a bachelor's degree or better. In Millville that number dips by a few percentage points and in Bridgeton the number is well below 10 percent.
Even with recent development in the county, including two large big box retail outlets across the street from each other in the north end of Millville, neither Borders or Barnes and Nobles, the nation's largest book retailers, have been mentioned in conversation when it comes to retail development in this county.