Gloucester Township News compliments South Jersey's Courier Post on the week long issue of property taxes. The story gets to the root of all that makes up property taxes in New Jersey.
Across New Jersey, the residents and taxpayers, have known for many years that property taxes would eventually run people out of the state, with those remaining, feeling the brunt of those hard hitting taxes. As more people leave New Jersey, however there are fewer left to make up that tax burden.
In Southern New Jersey, it hits just as hard. Counties, and municipalities, pile on their taxes and the problem is compounded. Camden County has felt this especially hard. With taxpayers across the entire county picking up the tab for the city of Camden, for things like Camden's Police being called "county", the cost is covered by most in county. Politicians call it grants, but after all, where does "Grant" money come from inevitably? Taxpayers.
In Gloucester Township, Camden County, they have created their own tax burden. The politicians in Gloucester Township continue a "tax and spend" attitude, that barrels down the tracks like a run a way train, accumulating a $108 Million debt, that will have to be paid for at some point. Now Mayor Mayer and his team are telling those youth sports groups that they are looking into putting "artificial turf" across many of the sports field in township. They are telling those same sports groups that it could amount to $10 million when all is said and done.
Try to imagine how that is going to turn out in Gloucester Township for the taxpayers.
The Courier Post goes on to tell NJ residents how they can fix this problem in the "Now it's your turn" segment in Sundays front page. Well, just think of who holds office in many parts of South Jersey. It's one party rule in the Assembly, Freeholders, and Local Municipal offices. In Gloucester Township, many of those local officials not only have control, but they have multiple jobs and multiples pensions. If you truly want to BEGIN to fix the problem. See the real problem. That is how it gets fixed.
It is time for some "checks and balances" Two parties watchdog one and other. Independent people watch them both. It's time to fix it alright.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting DIFFERENT result.