PSST-CONGRESSMAN MACARTHUR, IT'S TAX DAY TODAY!

(Trenton) -- Given freshman Congressman Tom MacArthur's history of failing to pay his property taxes in a timely fashion, but voting to raise them for everyone else, the New Jersey State Democratic Committee is reminding him to pay his property taxes – now!

When MacArthur was a City Council member in Randolph, he voted to raise property taxes by hundreds of dollars per year for the average home. But when it was time to pay his own property taxes on his $7.95 million beachfront properties, MacArthur failed to pay on time on at least four different occasions.

“Since today is tax day, and given Congressman MacArthur’s shoddy record on taxes, we figured someone should remind him to pay his property taxes on time just like the hardworking families who are paying more thanks to him,” said Chris James, Executive Director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. “Unfortunately for his constituents, Congressman MacArthur hasn’t done any better in Washington. In his first 100 days he's done nothing to make a break from the constant political dysfunction. New Jersey taxpayers are overdue for real leadership, which they are not getting from Tom MacArthur. Next year, they should send him packing.”

Background

2006-2008: Paid Property Taxes Late Four Times, Incurring $123.94 In Interest. Between 2006 and 2008, MacArthur paid his property taxes late on four separate occasions at his beachfront properties, incurring $123.94 in interest. [Borough of Barnegat Light Tax Collector’s Office, Property Tax Payment History (2006-2004), 9 E. 5th St. & 14 E. 6th St.]

2006-2007: Purchased Beachfront Properties For Combined $7.95 Million In Barnegat Light. In 2006 and 2007, MacArthur purchased lots 11, 13, and 15 at 9 E. 5th Street and  lots 16 and 18 at 12 & 14 E. 6th Street on the Barnegat Light peninsula for $4,300,000 and $3,650,000, respectively. [Ocean County Clerk’s Office: Deed (2006036802), recorded 2/28/06; Deed (2007058419), recorded 4/27/07; Consolidation Deed (2012117075), recorded 11/14/12]

2013: MacArthur Voted For A Budget Increasing Property Taxes By More Than $84 For Average Home. “The township council unanimously passed the 2013 municipal budget at last night’s township council meeting … The municipal tax rate … is increasing by 3.69% for the 2013 year. The increase of .025 cents will generate $725,752.00 in additional taxes, allowing Randolph to meet its obligations. The impact on the average assessed residential structure … is $84.25 for the year.” [Town of Randolph Meeting Minutes, 4/26/13]

MacArthur Said He Was “Proud” Of A Proposed Budget That Would Increase Property Taxes. “A $28.4 million budget for 2013 was introduced at the March 21 meeting of the Township Council, which represents an increase of $685,826 over last year’s budget, but is $19,000 below the state mandated 2 percent tax levy cap. The tax rate for municipal purposes will rise from 60.1 cents per $100 evaluation to 62.4 cents, or $624 per $100,000 of assessed value. That equates to an increase of $77.24 for the average home with a $335,800 assessed value… ‘I’m proud of this budget,’ said Mayor Tom MacArthur. ‘We took a careful look at our needs today and for years to come and I believe we’ve got our priorities straight.’”[Randolph Reporter, 3/27/13]

2012: MacArthur Voted For Budget Increasing Property By Taxes More Than $63 For Average Home. In 2012, MacArthur voted for a budget increasing property taxes by $63.47 per month for the average home. Township Manager John Lovell: “The actual increase is .019 with an impact on the average assessed home of $63.47 per year, or $5.29 per month.” [Town of Randolph Meeting Minutes, 3/15/12; 2/11/12]

2011: MacArthur Voted For Budget Increasing Property Taxes By More Than $108 For Average Home. In 2011, MacArthur voted for a budget increasing property taxes by $108.65 per month for the average home. Township Manager John Lovell: “The impact on the average assessed residential structure ($338,000.00) will be an increase of $108.65, or $9.05 per month.” [Town of Randolph Meeting Minutes, 4/07/11]

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