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Aberdeen Joins Matawan in Opposing Proposed NYC Commuter Tax

The proposed tax would be applied to anyone who lives outside Manhattan but commutes there for work.

The recently passed a resolution in opposition of a New York City commuter tax that, if enacted, would tax the income of employees who commute to New York City for work. 

Matawan in July.

The tax, which was repealed in 1999 after being in effect for 33 years, is a tax placed on the income of people who work in New York City but live elsewhere, according to an article in the New York Times.

The revival of the tax, according to the New York Times article, is being led by Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer. Stringer told the Times that he believes the tax is necessary to create a steady stream of revenue that will assist the city in maintaining and improving public transportation rather than using fare increases to do so.

Even though Stringer is working to impose the tax, he cannot enact the tax. Only the New York state legislature is capable of initiating the tax.

Resolution No. 2012-85, which was passed unanimously by the Aberdeen Township Council, states, "Aberdeen feels that the proposed "Commuter Tax" would pose an unfair financial burden on residents of Monmouth County and other counties through the State of New Jersey and surrounding tri-state area who travel to New York City every day for employment."

Formal copies of the resolution will be sent to Stringer, the New York state legislature, and neighboring New Jersey municipalities.

Loretta Windas August 30, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Hey Scott Stringer, I commute to Manhattan 5 days a week, and I spend plenty of money here. I also am obliged to pay almost $300 for the dubious privilege of taking a certain public entity's bus to and from work Monday through Friday. Stuff your "commuter tax".
Lou August 31, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I couldn't have said it better. I already pay about $100.00 per week for the GWB toll, NJ Turnpike, etc. I work "off hours" so I have no other options to get to work. I spend plenty of money on food and other things in NYC. You want us to pay the tax...give all NJ residents discounts on ALL the bridges, the NJ turnpike and GSP like my neighbors in Staten Island get when they use Verrazano Bridge and let New Yorkers pay a tax when they come into NJ and use our roads. Hey Scott Stringer, you and the other Democrats can't just tax your way out of the mess you have there in New York so you can continue to waste everyone's money. Take a pay cut, give back your bonus, and reduce spending like everyone else is doing. WAKE UP!!!!!

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