Stockton should pay property taxes

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To the editor:

While Stockton State College and S.A.S.I. (Stockton Affiliated Services, Inc.) gain financially as non-profits, the taxpayers have to pay taxes to subsidize these institutions, which do not pay property taxes.

A 1982 law says that Stockton and state colleges do not have to pay taxes on private property.

SASI and Stockton purchased Seaview Golf Resort and seven houses in the township’s Pinehurst section, and only pay $6,846 in municipal taxes. The college and SASI should be paying all taxes on these purchases of private homes.

Galloway Township had a meeting at Seaview on Jan. 19 about building up the tax base with more commercial ratables. The main topic and speaker at the meeting was Gregory Filipek of Sora Holdings. He builds in college towns like Glassboro (Rowan University) and helped develop Glassboro into a college town.

He pointed out the Galloway Township Town Center, consisting of the Municipal Complex and Risley Square. Galloway Township does not need a college town built on these properties; we need more commercial ratables in Galloway Township to even out the tax base.

The Legislature needs to change the 1982 law so that state colleges can go from being non-profit organizations to profit organizations, so state colleges like Stockton State College can pay their fair share of taxes. Until then, property owners are paying taxes to subsidize Stockton and SASI, which pay no school, county or municipal taxes. This affects every taxpayer in Atlantic, Cape May, and Ocean counties.

The Assembly and Senate need to change the 1982 law, and make colleges pay taxes on private property. This should be put to a referendum to let taxpayers vote on this, not the politicians.

Christie Magee

Galloway Township

EDITOR’S NOTE: While Stockton does not pay property taxes, it does make payments in lieu of taxes to the township.

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