Skip to comments.Towns tame taxes by keeping children out
Posted on 01/20/2007 4:22:15 AM PST by Kaslin
New Jersey towns have figured out a way to sidestep the highest property taxes in the U.S. Keep children out. Educating a child in New Jersey costs an average of $12,567 a year, the most in the nation and more than double the property tax parents typically pay. So local governments have hit upon a way to expand the tax base without the expense of higher enrollment: age-restricted housing.
New Jersey developers have responded by building an estimated one-fifth of the country's adults-only housing, making the state the leader in a national trend spurred by baby boomers seeking new homes after their children move out.
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Oh boy, just where I've always wanted to retire....New Jersey. Yuck!
You would think with all of the Democrat histionics over even perceived discrimination, this thing would have them up in arms. Oh..., they are not crapping on one of their constituencies. Sure wouldn't want them figuring out why their education expenses lead the nation. Who knows what would be found in that can of worms.
NJ away from the cities I thought was a nice place, but not in the winter.
I wonder what would happen if they tackled the corrupt government and unions? Maybe they could lower their taxes.
They are like a third world nation, believing that corruption is a way of life. Besides a good portion of the voters probably benefit from the corruption.
should be no problem with the natural birth of homosexuals
New Joisey politician: "Hey, if we don't have to waste money on dese stoopit schools, dere's more money for me to steal!"
You didn't know I could "channel" politicians, did you?
Sounds like a great idea. Thought of this myself!
If you cannot afford to educate YOUR kids, you can't afford
I've read the constitution. I can't find in there where it's
my responsibility. Taking someones house to fund government
schools is just wrong, people.
Government education, the dumbing of America, 1 pupil at a time.
I guess those old people who hate kids and want their childless retirement communities have finally figured out a way to do it.
I just bought a place down at the shore that I hope to retire to. South Jersey down the shore is one of the best places along the entire east coast, but don't tell anyone, it'll get too crowded.
No kids allowed in town.
No social security or medicare remittances.
After all, childless couples should be able to afford to pay their own way.
Instead of dealing with the real problem, which would be to control spending on public education and thereby reduce property taxes, these NJ towns have decided to sidestep the problem by discriminating against families with children.
The problem is not the existence of families with children--indeed, our society's survival depends on the existence of these families--but the public schools. The public schools not only have a monopoly on all public funds for education, they are always asking for more money. If a school district puts a levy on the ballot to increase property taxes and the levy fails, it will keep putting the levy back on the ballot--while threatening citizens with cutbacks in school services--until the levy passes. The net result is that the cost of educating a single child in the public schools has ballooned to over $12,000 in many places and homeowners and businesses are saddled with ridiculous real estate taxes.
I say let's reform the public schools. Take away some of their funding. Reduce teacher salaries. Lay-off overpaid administrators. And, finally, give vouchers to parents and let them choose where to send their children. Until we break the monopoly that public schools have on education tax dollars, the current situation will only get worse.
All of New Jersey isnt like Newark and Camden.
Have you ever been to New Jersey ???? Most of the state is beautiful. It is also the 2nd wealthiest state in the entire nation.
Unfortunately ignorant people too often judge New Jersey by what they see on the Turnpike or TV. If I judged all of Virginia just by Alexandria and Richmond, I would think your state was a hellhole too.
Yes I have been to NJ at least a couple of times. It's flat and brown. Of course I'm biased living in the beautiful horse country of Virginia.
....NJ's not a state I'd move to any time soon.
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