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We Are Paul

(And it’s not something necessarily to be proud of.)

Probably some of you have heard the political observation that when you rob Peter to pay Paul you can always count on the support of Paul.  Members of the current administration, including the mayor, may never have heard it but they sure know it.  It’s better still when you can rob lots and lots of Peters for a very small amount each so none of these Peters ever even notice they’re being robbed. That most of them can’t vote here anyway makes it irresistible.  That is what is going on with the beach utility.

The mayor has said that he wants to run Belmar like a business and I guess that makes us the stockholders.  Suppose a business that has hundreds of thousands of regular customers added some small amount to everybody’s bill, say fifty cents or a dollar, and worded it in a way that sort of implied it was a tax for some public benefit.  Now suppose that one or two of the stockholders looked into the company’s books and discovered that the extra revenue, which they had believed to be a tax, actually went right into the stockholders’ dividend checks.  Many stockholders wouldn’t care one way or the other. Others would like it and would try to justify it some way or another and just hope the company doesn’t get in trouble for it.

But others would want the practice stopped, either out of principle or out of fear of being caught, or perhaps both.

You know I hate taxes as much as the next guy.  Actually as a libertarian I probably hate taxes significantly more than the next guy.  But there’s a right way and a wrong way to control taxes.  Borrowing is a wrong way.  So is robbing Peter.

IMHO the way to control taxes is to control spending and to make the most of the resources that are legitimately ours (such as the marina.)

BTW, Doherty isn’t philosophically opposed to taxes such as I am.  We and everybody else in New Jersey and in the US are all fair game for federal and state taxes because then local officials like him can look good handing out our share of the goodies.  He even wrote a letter supporting an increase in our gas tax.  These taxes may be imposed by someone other than him but they have the exact same effect on our household balance sheets as property taxes do.

The beach utility lawsuit was scheduled to be heard this week but was moved to next week so our new municipal attorney, William Northgrave, would have time to prepare.  I will be putting together a post in the next day or two that will look at what is being contested and what the approximate dollar amounts are.

I can tell you this though.  I wouldn’t vote for that pavilion bond if I were you.


  1. Belmar Independent wrote:

    I for one would like to be in court. If you know when it will be argued let us readers know. I believe more residents should have first hand knowledge of Mr. Northgrave in action.

    Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 9:55 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Agreed, when, what time and where

    Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
  3. admin wrote:

    Next Tuesday. 8:30 AM. Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold. 3rd floor, west wing. Judge Gummer.

    Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 4:51 pm | Permalink
  4. Tom Burke wrote:

    That was a lot of words to have used to make no points. Perhaps you need to say what the point is, at least for this country bumpkin……

    Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm | Permalink
  5. Voter wrote:

    The point…is we spend too much money in Belmar and have more debt that all surrounding towns.

    Friday, October 9, 2015 at 9:01 am | Permalink
  6. niccolo' wrote:

    Siracusans also adopted the Athenians’ way of discouraging corruption. Any Pol deemed to be exceding his authority thru influence peddling, nepotism, or financial irregularities would be banished from the city for five years. History lesson for Belmar

    Friday, October 9, 2015 at 9:37 am | Permalink
  7. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #6 – I don’t think that would work. I suggest 72 hrs. in the stocks out on the beach facing the ocean starting Jan. 3rd, 12AM to Jan. 6th 12AM. If they don’t learn the error of their ways from that nasty little experience, then they must be sent into the nether regions.

    Friday, October 9, 2015 at 10:21 am | Permalink

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