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New Jersey: Towns Ticket Visitors to Lower Tax on Residents
Parking tickets in New Jersey towns allow outsiders to fund city services for residents.

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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.

Source: PARKING REVENUE: THAT'S THE TICKET! (Asbury Park Press, 5/29/2005)

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