Freeholders ask TTF for millions in "gas tax" money
There are two ways of funding road and bridge maintenance and repair for Sussex County:
(1) Request "gas tax" revenue money from the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF)
(2) Raise property taxes (either "pay as you go" or by bonding, which is debt)
The Sussex County Freeholder Board knows the political risks to their own careers if they raise property taxes. Heck, property taxes are already going up because they have failed to act to recover any of the millions of taxpayers' dollars lost in the solar debacle and instead spent another half million on top of it to a give a juicy contract to a well-connected New York City law firm.
It is far wiser to ask for money raised through the increase in the "gas tax" and, after all, that is what the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) is there for. But those who ask for money shouldn't be hypocritical about it. To request and spend money from a revenue source that wouldn't have been there without the political courage of others is hypocritical. It would be far more honest of them to just have the balls to raise property taxes and fund the county's projects that way.
Last evening, Sussex County's Freeholder Board unanimously voted to ask the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) for $2.5 million to fund transportation infrastructure in Sussex County:
The Transportation Trust Fund was broke -- without funds -- in August of last year. Without an increase in revenue from the gas tax, this $2.5 million now coming from the TTF would have come from a property tax increase on all property owners in Sussex County. This $2.5 million is only one instance. If the TTF had remained insolvent and had gone bankrupt, the costs transferred to property tax payers would have averaged more than $550.00 per household.
You cannot take on the one hand and then complain about it on the other. The Freeholders need to remain consistent.