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Democrats Push Casino Owners Property Tax Break at the Expense of Atlantic County’s Families

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Northfield NJ,  in May, Assemblyman John Armato a Democrat introduced a bill giving wealthy casino  owners a property tax break at the expense of Atlantic County’s working families and retirees  struggling to pay property taxes. The bill would have flattened the casinos’ payment-in-lieu of  taxes (PILOT) at $125 million, while excluding sports betting and online gambling from revenue  calculations—a huge boon to their bottom line at taxpayer expense. 

“Time and again we have to fight for taxpayers against special interests, and John Armato  clearly had those special interests in mind when he introduced that bill,” said Don Guardian,  former Atlantic City mayor and a candidate for state Assembly in the 2nd Legislative District.  “Casinos are doing extraordinarily well with online gambling and sports betting becoming more  popular. Now is not the time to give casino executives a break when the hard working taxpayers  of Atlantic County are already hurting.” 

During last week’s Stockton University debate, Assemblyman Armato said he wanted to open up a conversation between Atlantic City, casinos, and Atlantic County taxpayers about the  future of the PILOT. At the time, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson and others called  the conversation a non-starter. 

“Assemblyman Armato lost his way,” said Claire Swift, a former Deputy Attorney General and  candidate to represent the 2nd Legislative District in the state Assembly. “Casino owners don’t  need our help, Atlantic County taxpayers do. Let’s start a conversation on that, instead of  avoiding it and supporting the reckless fiscal policies of Governor Murphy and Trenton  Democrats.”

One thought on “Democrats Push Casino Owners Property Tax Break at the Expense of Atlantic County’s Families

  1. Democrat politicians always over tax the middle class. Then they spend and nothing comes back to the middle class.
    Tax and spend. Bloat the government with excess positions. Give lousy service (need I remind anyone of the NJ motor vehicles division under Murphy). Create massive welfare programs. Raise taxes on gasoline and energy. Force small businesses to shoulder more taxes.

    Even if you don’t admit it…do yourself and your wallet a favor and vote out tax-happy Democrat NJ Assembly and Democrat NJ State Senators on November 2nd.
    Unless you have money to just throw out the window and don’t care.

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