The number one concern for Atlantic City residents is the imminent property tax re-evaluation. The re-evaluation is guaranteed to raise residents’ property tax bills. The sole question is, “How much is it going to be raised?”
You would think that City politicians would champion the issue for its abundant political capital. Your thinking would be wrong. The person to step in to the spotlight and alleviate the impending fiscal trauma would be hailed the saviour of the people. That person would win November’s special election by a landslide. That person has been no where to be found.
A.C.’s Mayoral Mayhem has calmed down. Mayor Scott Evans and City Council had their first meeting together Wednesday, 28 November. There was much discussed and taken care of during the proceedings. The biggest idea that was not championed by any of the elected officials – which incidentally would soften the imminent property tax increase – is to trim the City budget.
The first answer to the question, “Why are my property taxes being raised?” is that Mayors Whelan, Langford, and Levy have been too cowardly to re-evaluate and face the voters. Many areas surrounding A.C. have re-evaluated their property values. Why has A.C. been particularly reluctant to re-evaluate? It is because of the second answer to our above question.
The second answer to the question “Why are my property taxes being raised?” is that the re-evaluation betrays the immense amount of waste in the City budget. The large amount of city employees, programs, exorbitant wages and benefits, over-priced contracts, elected official perks, and outrageous per-pupil spending fuel the need for taxes, in the first place.
The Atlantic City Scoop has a brilliant idea for the esteemed Councilmen that sit on their dais: Robinson, Mancuso, Ward, Small, Marsh, Mason, Tibbitt, Schultz, and Councilwoman Mollineaux, as well as Mayor Scott Evans – stop increasing City spending! Derek Harper rightfully took for granted, in last Friday’s article on Scott Evans, that the newly appointed Mayor will be given a budget to sign that surpasses the $200 million mark. It will be an unwelcome historical first. That budget will attest to the great legacy of A.C.’s fiscal irresponsibility.
The big surprise is that property owners are not outraged that City Council and the Mayor plan on increasing spending while residents are scared to have to pay for the current spending. Residents are contemplating moving to other cities or states and the best political solution that Council and the Mayor come up with is to increase the spending. Welcome to Atlantic City government.