Atlantic County mayors are creeping closer to figuring out how to establish a county-wide tax assessment system that they believe could cut down on tax appeals. A bipartisan committee of mayors has been looking at how other tax assessment systems work elsewhere (as far afield as Florida and Arizona) and how the county’s patchwork of municipalities could be brought under one property tax regime.
Route 40 gathered together a group of residents from Atlantic City’s Bungalow Park neighborhood at the Back Bay Ale House on Tuesday, Oct. 17 to talk about the New Jersey gubernatorial race and the issues their community would like to see addressed by the next governor. The conversation was recorded as part of the collaborative reporting project Voting Block.
Billions of dollars in grants and insurance payments have been spent on Sandy recovery efforts, but some people are still homeless and living out of their cars, according to a piece by The Inquirer’s Amy Rosenberg and Frank Kummer. Many people’s recovery projects were derailed by contractor fraud, others are still waiting on FEMA flood insurance payouts, or revised payouts after original low-ball offers.
Glenn Straub is suing the state to reduce the tax bill he pays for the still-shuttered Revel. Straub has not been able to get a casino license to reopen Revel as a casino. He says it should not be taxed as a casino under the Atlantic City PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program because it was closed when the legislation went into effect last year.
Route 40’s Business Bootcamps give you the chance to hear first hand from local entrepreneurs about their experience starting businesses in South Jersey. These are live, ticketed events that are free to Route 40 Members. After Route 40’s reporters interview the guest business owner, attendees get a chance to join in the conversation over drinks and food. The events are made possible by Jake Perskie of Fox Rothschild. We are now launching a recording of the first episode as a podcast, available to the public here and across podcast platforms. The first episode, recorded on Sept.
What is it about Ocean City pizza joints? With Manco & Manco’s Charles Bangle finally sentenced to jail for evading almost $92,000 in taxes, another Ocean City Boardwalk pizza-store owner on Monday pleaded guilty to cheating the government out of $85,000 in taxes.
Trying to find out your local candidate’s position on an issue? Good luck: there’s been an “alarming” decline in the number of New Jersey legislative and county government candidates willing to take part in debates sponsored by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of NJ, reports Jan Hefler for The Inquirer.
“The Boardwalk is for slow cruising only,” reads a new sign on the Atlantic City stretch of the Boardwalk, not far from Jackson Ave. The “Atlantic City Boardwalk Bike Riding Etiquette” sign is filled with other good advice too, such as to yield to pedestrians, walk bicycles through crowds and be prepared to stop. We at Route 40 are avid Boardwalk cyclists and we’re fans of the intention behind the sign. Even the wording is intelligible and straight-forward (leaving aside slow cruising double entendres). But there’s the rub.
The Atlantic City-Hammonton metropolitan area is – finally – seeing some job growth. There were 2,700 more jobs in the area this August compared to the same month last year, an increase of 2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (not seasonally adjusted) nonfarm payroll numbers (spotted by Jim Kennedy – follow him on Twitter at @ACEconPolicy). The Vineland and Bridgeton area is also on a roll, with an increase of 2,100 jobs or a gain of 3.7 percent in August from the same month in 2016.
New Jersey is considering curbing the lavish meals and other incentives handed out to doctors by pharmaceutical companies, reports the AP. New Jersey’s Attorney General Christopher Porrino held a public hearing in Newark on Thursday to discuss whether the incentives encourage doctors to prescribe highly-addictive medications such as opioids.