Open Space Tax Theft – 2017

Tonight’s freeholder meeting, two weeks before an election, will be packed with politicians, over-sized checks and preening for photo-ops.

PRESENTATION FROM THE BOARD
Check presentations will be made by the Board to the various grant recipients of the following grant programs: 2017 Kids Recreational Trust Grants; 2017 Greening Union County Grants; and the 2017 Preserving Union County Grants.

With these corresponding resolutions on the agenda:

2017-885: Authorizing the County Manager to award Kids Recreation Trust Fund 2017 grants to twenty (20) recipients in the County of Union in accordance with the Kids Recreation Trust grant criteria, as stated in said grant application, through the Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000.
2017-886: Authorizing the County Manager to award Greening Union County 2017 grants to (16) municipalities in the County of Union in accordance with the Greening Union County grant criteria, through the Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, in an amount not to exceed $100,301.75.
2017-887: Authorizing the County Manager to award Preserve Union County 2017 grants to eleven (11) historic sites throughout the County of Union, in an amount not to exceed $300,000; in conjunction with and for the Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

The most pathetic aspect of this sick ritual is that, not only is it county officials giving municipalities back their own tax money, but that money being given back is only a fraction of what the county collects through the Open Space Trust Fund tax with the majority of the money going for the county’s budget these days, as we noted back in 2012.

Here are the updated numbers on the Open Space Trust Fund Tax Theft:


Total Open Space taxes based on exhibits from county audits with a projection for 2017:

Broken down by municipality through 2016 in this spreadsheet:

And here is a breakdown of what the county stole so far as taken from county budgets:

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2 responses to this post.

  1. […] is due to the decision made in 2010, when the Christie cap on tax increases came in, to steal a large part of the Open Space Trust Fund tax for the county’s own budget. It is taxpayers who don’t mind having their tax money […]

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  2. […] be classified as ongoing expenses for budget purposes. In Union County they even got the idea of stealing the Open Space tax. The property tax cap in many localities only moved current costs to future taxpayers (who will […]

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