(Tea Party PAC) – New Jersey residents already have the dubious pleasure of being in one of the higher-taxed states in the Union. Now, if the state’s greenie lawmakers get their way, they’ll be paying a ridiculous new “rain tax”.
Senate Bill S-1073, which sailed through the state’s Senate and Assembly, would grant local governments the right to create water utilities that would give them the power to tax homeowners and business owners with large paved surfaces on their property.
Above: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
Disguised in Politician-ese, it sounds harmless enough, right? Something like an amendment to property tax rates based on driveway or parking lot size, maybe? No, not even close.
Here’s the breakdown: rainwater mixes with pollutants from paved driveways and lots, and the runoff then seeps into municipal sewage and water treatment systems. The money collected from taxing those mean, nasty property owners and their earth-killing driveways would then go toward replacing or repairing sewage pipes or creating “green infrastructure,” such as rain gardens that would collect polluted water.
So, really, if New Jersey cities need to update their water treatment systems and can’t make room in their budget for repairs, no worries! They can just hike up the taxes on their residents. Brilliant!
And, like any good totalitarian measure, the bill allows local governments to impose serious penalties on those who fail to pay them off.
“With all the salt that we’ve had on roads recently, that’s all running into the sewer systems, so you can’t ignore the problems because they don’t go away,” said New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney in a demonstration of his stupidity to CBS New York.
Republicans in the state are quick to call the bill what it is, a “rain tax” on residents who already pay more than their fair share of taxes.
“We all want to protect our environment. We all want to preserve it for future generations, but this is a weighted tax,” State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. told CBS. “The citizens of New Jersey…really [have] no way to defend themselves against tax increases at local levels.”
While Gov. Phil Murphy’s office has refused to comment on the pending legislation, reports suggest he will sign it into law with a smile on his face sometime within the next 40 days.
The things these people are willing to do in the name of saving the planet never cease to amaze. Here’s hoping New Jersey’s Republicans are able to stand up to this greenie tyranny.