5/29/2005New Jersey: Towns Ticket Visitors to Lower Tax on Residents
Parking tickets in New Jersey towns allow outsiders to fund city services for residents.
In Seaside Heights, New Jersey officials admit they specifically ticket summer visitors in order to keep taxes low for local residents. "With everything our year-around residents put up with all summer, I don't see anything wrong with those revenues balancing the budget," Seaside Heights Councilman William Akers told the Asbury Park Press.
Last year the town issued 25,500 tickets -- mostly to vehicles parked at an expired meter -- allowing the Seaside Heights Municipal Court to generate $1.4 million in revenue. Nearby Point Pleasant Beach has used similar policies to generate an equal amount of revenue.