CLIFTON – Despite numerous delays, disagreements and government bureaucracy, sidewalks will soon stretch the majority of Dwasline Road’s east side, officials said on Tuesday night.
The mile-long Rosemawr street, lined with dozens of upper middle class homes from Allwood Road to the Passaic border, has become a frequent setting for controversy among residents and the municipal government.
Three years of contentious planning board hearings surrounded an Orthodox Jewish congregation’s proposal to build a 12,245-square-foot synagogue at the corner of Dwasline and Virginia Avenue. A year ago, board members unanimously voted to place a 7,000-square-foot restriction on temple’s size, a ruling which the religious group appealed in state court.
Hold on to your wallets, New Jersey.
That 23-cent gasoline tax hike may just be the beginning — and what’s worse, due to a loophole in the law, there’s nothing drivers can do about it.
A provision in the new law to raise the state’s gasoline tax gives the state treasurer the ability to change the rate from year to year if the state doesn’t hit its gasoline revenue targets.
Raising a tax is painful, especially in New Jersey with its nation-leading tax burden. The recent bipartisan increase in the gasoline tax, effective in 10 days, ends the only break residents got on a major tax.
Gov. Chris Christie’s side of the compromise was to get a significant reduction in other taxes to offset the 23-cent rise per gallon of gas. This included (eventually) a 3/8-cent per dollar drop in the 7 percent sales tax, a $100,000 exemption from personal income tax for retired join filers and the elimination of the N.J. estate tax.