No one should live in JC and not contribute to government especially if you vote, so I believe in a city income tax instead of property tax.
HAHAHAHAHA - the last thing Jersey City needs is a city income tax, like NYC.
And renters do pay property taxes indirectly. Where do you think landlords get the funds to pay property taxes on their rental properties, as well as other expenses? NJ's tax code recognizes this and offers a tax break for renters for implied property taxes paid, based on a function of the amount of rent paid.
A city income tax is literally the worst idea I've ever read on JCList. Even worse than the guy who wanted the Port Authority to run double-decker PATH trains to increase capacity...
Look, the tenants did not make the deal with the city, the politicians did, but the fact remains public housing in Jersey City pays zero to the city. NYC has a fair policy, everyone pays either through city sales taxes or income tax. You do not believe in fairness.
1) There is a difference between renters of a market rate unit, which indirectly pay property taxes through the rents they give their landlord, and public housing.
2) There are income limits to live in public housing. Chances are the residents are not going earning a bunch of income to tax. The introduction of a city income tax is not going to collect much funds from someone making minimum wage or nothing at all. It will hit higher-earning households the most.
3) Now you're talking about the introduction of a city sales tax. This just keeps getting better and better. Usually food and other basic supplies are tax exempt. The poorest of the poor living in public housing aren't likely going to have a large disposable income to spend in Jersey City for sales taxes to be collected. Again, it's going to hit mainly the middle class and above.
You've gotta be just trolling now since the introduction of a city income tax and city sales tax will likely result in YOU paying more taxes than the less fortunate residents of the city you're trying to punish.
What we ought to do is grow the revenue base by encouraging as many luxury condos that bring in PILOT or property tax revenue to the city but costs very little in city services. The 99 Hudson development now rising in the skyline is a godsend to Jersey City. Best part of all, they did not apply for a tax abatement. That's over half a billion in ratables that will help lower everyone's property taxes.