median household income - $26.7K
what’s the median police salary in that city?
Republican Scott Walker of Wisconsin did not fire a single “public servant” ; It’s the Democrat party hacks who fire police, firemen, and teachers.
It is striking that most probably think of Camden as a black populated city, but it seems illegal immigration really is fueling this poverty.
All that beautiful waterfront going to waste because of what’s behind it...
Unless I’m mistaken the Camden County democrats have shifted the cost of policing Camden to the suburbs. This may be a “good” lesson for the nation. The democrat cesspool cities will swallow the suburbs. That already happened in large swaths of Northern New Jersey.
All Camden needs to do is triple it’s property and business tax rates thereby tripling its tax revenue. All right thinking people know that tax rates never influence behavior so increasing the tax rates always increases tax revenue. It’s an article of faith for the progressive democrats who govern sh!tholes like Camden.
Seriously, if they could figure out how to tax crack and meth, Camden could become Switzerland
In the 1970s, 80s, and 90s governments hired employees giving them extravagant retirement benefits that they knew full well they would not be able to pay because “they needed to hire the best people and the best people would go over to the next city if they didn’t.” So every city offered wildly unpayable benefits. Now it is 2012, and employees want to cash in. The result is that cities will go bankrupt if they pay, so the cities now need to go bankrupt and renegotiate the pensions.
When we hear how many hundreds of trillions our obligations are, they are counting obligations like these cities. But we shouldn’t worry too much because they won’t get paid anyway.
Gentrification. In Camden, yes, there is a high crime rate. But now Camden also has (1) a beautiful waterfront area with museums and other attractions, business offices, and condominiums; and (2) an ever-growing community of medical centers and hospitals.
As for the police force, every little town in NJ has its own police department and its own school district. This is the main reason why taxes are so high here. So there has been talk about consolidation. Of course, you'd think the suburbs would be first to consolidate their police forces. However, because every NJ town is now forced to have a percentage of "affordable housing," every town now has its share of criminals. (And, no, I'm not suggesting that everyone who lives in affordable housing is a criminal; however, there will be a percentage who are.) In a way, Camden has now pushed many of its criminals into the suburbs, and now it's building itself up. ;-)
Since Camden is a safe city with well behaved residents, I am sure there won’t be a problem firing their police department.
>>On above average volume, the median price rose to $400,000 in first quarter of 2008. What’s that all about? <<
Probably didn’t happen. More than likely someone misplaced a decimal point somewhere when doing the calculations. And volume was about average for 2007-2008, but falling, and continued to fall each year.
As for Camden firing its police officers, people seem to be missing the point that what they’re really doing is replacing its own police with county police, because county police don’t have the same level of pay and benefits as their own police get.
If it were CA, I suspect this move would be reversed by a liberal judge. I suspect the same could happen in NJ.
Until public employee unions are outlawed nationally, we’ll continue to get more of the same....
Looks to me like some kind of drug deal laundering front using housing prices, perhaps... right during Fani Mae... hmm...
Didn’t like Rutgers-Camden men’s basketball team go like 0-60 over a few years.
And the taxpayer, who foots the bill in the end, does not have a place in the negotiations.
Public employees should not be allowed to unionize.