Letters

Complex Tax Issues

Nov 29, 2017

To the Editor:

Three years and several lawsuits later, Little Egg Harbor is one step closer to having a new 60-unit affordable housing complex completed.

The Ingerman Group, a property management company for the Fair Share Housing Center, received $9.1 million in Sandy disaster grant funds to provide for this multifamily apartment complex located at the intersection of Oak Lane and Radio Road. Rental applications will be processed with priority given to Little Egg Sandy victims. The township has never defined what qualifies someone as a Sandy victim and would have you believe that after five years township-displaced storm victims would return to Little Egg.

The Fair Share Housing Center was founded in 1975 with a mission to end discriminatory or exclusionary housing patterns that have deprived the poor, particularly those presently living in inner cities, of the opportunity to reside in an environment with safe, decent and sanitary housing near employment and educational opportunities.

This development includes five residential buildings that will consist of two- and three-bedroom apartments, a community center, recreational area and off-street parking, all of which is located on 3.7 acres of tax-free land.

To offset this loss, a payment arrangement known as “payments in lieu of taxes” can lead to a controversy over how these dollars are shared between local governments and school boards. The Little Egg school superintendent stated that she met with the mayor months ago to discuss the pilot program and was informed that the district will not receive any funds to educate any children.

This would only lead to higher taxes in a township that still hasn’t fully recovered from a storm that created one of the largest tax increase in its history.

Art Mooney

Little Egg Harbor

 

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