New Jersey to tax rain runoff

ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey is one of the highest taxed states in the country.

Now, residents and businesses could be taxed extra … when it rains.

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7 Responses to New Jersey to tax rain runoff

  1. Lilyrat says:

    Wonderful, Illinois will be next.

  2. RosalindJ says:

    Nekkid Cowboy O’Malley tried that in MD. He’s not the governor anymore.

  3. Padawan says:

    Well now that the Marcal paper plant is gone the state has to get their taxes some how.

  4. They are talking about adding one of these in the city where I live. You had a bunch of idiots build next to creeks. Now when the land up stream has been developed the down stream people have to deal with more storm water. First the flood “victims” tried to shut down all development upstream. Now they want to tax all non natural surfaces on a property. Of course they are not calling it a “tax” it is a “storm water disposal fee” .

    Thank God I live in the county.

  5. ChuckN says:

    Maine tried this about 10 years ago. The idea was to have the DEP tax run-off with ANY development being assessed as urban and applying a waste water tax. As it was written even a dirt driveway would have been judged to be ‘urban’. The ruling is still up on the Maine DEP web site actually. (You have to dig, the DEP likes update their site regularly; read: rearrange everything so it’s harder to find out what any of the statutes are.)

    The DEP then sent several people out to inform the businesses. Unfortunately they started in the more rural parts. One of the upsides/downsides of rural living is of course everybody knows everybody. Before the DEP Rep got even halfway through the county every business owner called at least 10 more to let them know what was going on. And as the DEP Rep progressed the threats started to change from ‘You’re kidding’ to ‘If you tax rain water, the DEP will be dissolved as an agency’. I also know of 3 separate cases where the Rep was given a certain amount of time to leave followed by the sound of a racking shotgun. Of course the sheriff’s office was called. Unfortunately for the DEP the number of call to the Sheriff saying either escort the Rep out of the county or else FAR exceeded the calls from the DEP. The DEP was delivered to the county line and told not to come back. (Small towns and police scanners can be very enlightening.)

    Since then the ruling has been hiding until the right time. With our new ‘totally and legitimately elected’ governor we may see it crop up again.

  6. ohwell,couldn'tthinkofanythingtoputhere@luis says:

    Next they’ll want to tax you when you pee…….or poop.

  7. ChuckN says:

    Wirecutter, here is the link I allude to in the post I made here, earlier

    Look at chapters 500 & 501. Nobody likes bureacratese but a quick
    read of the definitions and body show the the tax of rainwater is still
    in affect and ready to go.

Play nice.