In South Jersey, some are ready to move

In South Jersey, some are ready to move

There are 13 comments on the CourierPostOnline story from Oct 17, 2007, titled In South Jersey, some are ready to move. In it, CourierPostOnline reports that:

“It puts us on a downward spiral.”

Many South Jersey residents have begun devising an exit strategy as property taxes and housing costs continue their relentless climb. via CourierPostOnline

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NJ is an awful place

United States

#1 Oct 23, 2007
Having lived there a year, I can safely say NY is worse than any other place I've ever lived. Taxes and insurance--we all know they are the worse. But its backwards self-serve gas prohibitition, excessive police presence, swampy unscenic landscape--this state has NOTHING. It's better everywhere else.
typo

United States

#2 Oct 23, 2007
Sorry. Typo. Obviously I meant NJ not NY.

“Truth. Elusive and a lie!”

Since: Aug 07

Fort Dix, NJ

#3 Oct 23, 2007
I don't understand how people can afford to live here. Being military, and surrounded by military families in Browns Mills, we can't pay our mortgage with our housing allowance. With that allowance, my family is making around $48k a year and it's still hard. I can't imagine what it's like for people who make less than us. And sitting here thinking about property taxes going up, it solidifies the idea that the people running things around here have no concern for us down here. I sure hope I'm wrong.....
Taxpayer

AOL

#4 Oct 24, 2007
Soulfire wrote:
I don't understand how people can afford to live here. Being military, and surrounded by military families in Browns Mills, we can't pay our mortgage with our housing allowance. With that allowance, my family is making around $48k a year and it's still hard. I can't imagine what it's like for people who make less than us. And sitting here thinking about property taxes going up, it solidifies the idea that the people running things around here have no concern for us down here. I sure hope I'm wrong.....
There is a overload of positions held in all forms of government that taxes pay for - and a state that is way behind in everything - that it's catch up time - and those that live here have to pay the price that those before us didn't. It's no longer the state to run to - have to go west or south my friends.
miggie

United States

#5 Oct 30, 2007
What do you think will happen south or west when "everyone" starts going there?? I move from NJ 20 yrs ago and in the last 10 yrs the teeny tiny town I live in is like the old Jersey I remember..sure didn't take long!
I don't mean that in a negative way either. I simply mean that it's a way of life wherever you live.
gill

Princeton, NJ

#6 Oct 30, 2007
We're packing up as I write this. Taxes for our home are 13,000. And we have no kids. School tax accounts for 11,000 of that bill. Crazy. We are outta here.
bubba

Anderson, IN

#7 Oct 31, 2007
In case nobody has noticed there are around 50 homes for sale in the heights.Nice quiet town,exellent people,exellent schools,outrages taxes.We have had our house up for sale for over 1 year and have lowered the price twice.The taxes have scared buyers off.As soon as someone buys our house we are outta here too.
gill

Princeton, NJ

#8 Nov 1, 2007
bubba wrote:
In case nobody has noticed there are around 50 homes for sale in the heights.Nice quiet town,exellent people,exellent schools,outrages taxes.We have had our house up for sale for over 1 year and have lowered the price twice.The taxes have scared buyers off.As soon as someone buys our house we are outta here too.
You are talking about Woodbury Heights, correct? Cause this forum is titled Medford, and there aren't that many homes for sale here. This is a wonderful place to live...if you are very wealthy.

Unfortunatly, we aren't.:(
Silent Suggesting Sam

Washington, DC

#9 Nov 5, 2007
Gill asked, "You are talking about Woodbury Heights, correct?"
Probably not. The writer is probably talking about HADDON Heights which recently experienced a reassessment and the new tax bills are much higher than they formerly were.
Which brings up a question I've been pondering. If everybody's quarterly tax bill is way up, what is the town government going to do with all the new-found money? Do they have plans to spend all the new revenue? Did they make these plans before the reassesssment? I got the impression that town council was as surprised as everybody else about the jump in tax bills. And if they really were suprised, maybe they don't have plans. And if they don't have plans to spend, it maybe they could lower the RATE of taxation.
Not a hose jockey

Washington, DC

#10 Nov 5, 2007
"backwards self-serve gas prohibitition"

And yet, we pay less for pumped gas in Jersey than they pay in Pennsy for self-pumped gas.

What made that happen?
Moses

Burlington, NJ

#11 Oct 15, 2010
Im prepared to get out of this expensively corrupt state. I would think that after making a six figure salary that I could live comfortably,but I stuggle just to put food on the table for my seven children,not to mention, my family vehicle is a Ford focus!
unemployed

North Vernon, IN

#12 Oct 15, 2010
I can't wait to get out of NJ. If you are not rich it is impossible. Been really looking for work for 2 years and can't find anything. Lost everything and living with friend. Cleaning houses just doesn't cut it.

maddog2008

Since: Sep 08

Rochester, NY

#13 Oct 17, 2010
unemployed wrote:
I can't wait to get out of NJ. If you are not rich it is impossible. Been really looking for work for 2 years and can't find anything. Lost everything and living with friend. Cleaning houses just doesn't cut it.
Moved out of N.J. 8 years ago,miss our friends but sure don't miss the state.I retired 11 years ago and was having a heck of a time keeping up with the cost of living in N.J. Sold our house in Maple Shade,moved to Rochester N.Y.,our cost of living was cut in half,IE: 3000 sq.ft.house=$135k (old house=1100sq.ft. sold for 223k),1/2 AC lot inc. Taxes=$3647 (inc.sewer)per year,auto ins,= 1/2 of N.J.(same co.and cars), Gas & electric is appox.1/3 (house is twice as big). The only thing thats costs more is gasoline,it is appox.12-15 cents more per gal. Rochester is rated in the top 10 cities to live in for the last 5-6 years.The people are easy going,plenty of things to do year round.There are plenty of jobs to be had.It is a great place to live.The only drawback is we do get alot of snow,but the roads always are cleared by the A.M.,they know how to move it.Good luck with your move,all the best.

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