The Cumberland County freeholders in May passed an annual budget with a tax levy of $82,938,491 — the same as last year’s levy.
However, the tax rate would be increased approximately 4 cents per $100 of assessed value, from 86.48 cents to 90.17 cents, in order to achieve that same levy.
And that is how the Freeholders play the game. They can claim no budget increase, and at the same time raise your taxes. Why? The total ratables in the county have decreased. As we lose businesses, and property values plummet, they need to tax the private citizens more. The Sheriff’s office has made no substantial cuts anywhere; meanwhile Whelan wants to sell the manor to private investors – which will most likely result in substandard care.
Recent studies have shown that the majority of New jersey nursing homes offer sub-standard care. Add to that the illegal and greedy maneuvers by many of these nursing homes to raid their patients life savings, and once depleted kick them to the streets. When found guilty, they simply close the offending homes while being allowed to continue operating their other enterprises unimpeded.
Should the county be in the nursing home business? I am still undecided. But, one thing I do know – New jersey must crack down on the more dubious operations. Any organization that runs multiple homes MUST risk losing their license for ALL of their operations if they are found guilty of neglect in any single home.
I am sitting on a HUGE story of Lou Magazzu and his band of sycophants pulling strings and allowing major abuses to occur at the Manor. In my opinion, if the manor had proper oversight from the beginning, it would not be the massive money pit it is now.