O’Scanlon and DiMaso: Don’t tax summer rentals

As part of their compromise with Governor Phil Murphy over how many taxes to raise and by how much in the new state budget, the Democrat leaders of the legislature have proposed taxing seasonal rentals of vacation homes and Airbnb rentals.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso came out against a seasonal rental tax, which will have a disproportionate impact on Jersey Shore property owners, in a statement issued this afternoon.

“No one appears willing to have the truly difficult conversations about reforms that needed to happen months ago,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth).  “We’ve been calling for cost-saving reforms for years. Instead what we are seeing is disagreements over how many taxes to raise. That isn’t the solution, and taxing seasonal rentals in our shore communities is certainly not the solution.  Tourism accounts for one-in-ten jobs in the state.  Small businesses along the coast are still struggling.  Hindering their recovery with new taxes is irresponsible.”

“The Jersey shore is truly bearing the brunt of Democrats’ infighting this budget season,” said DiMaso (R-Monmouth).  “Between multi-million dollar reductions in school aid that will harm Sandy-impacted communities and now the proposal of a shore seasonal tax?  The economic impact of tourism from coastal communities is critical to the state.  This is a dangerous proposal for small shore-town residents trying to get by.  The budget needs to be cut. We don’t need a handful of new taxes that will severely harm our summer tourism here at the shore.”

Posted: June 28th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County News, New Jersey State Budget, Serena DiMaso | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “O’Scanlon and DiMaso: Don’t tax summer rentals”

  1. Might it not be time, said at 10:54 pm on June 28th, 2018:

    since most of us will be getting: more property tax increases, more school tax increases,( if we don’t live in the top urban towns who are getting big aid increases,) more business taxes, a likely upping of the income tax, probably more transit fares increases, etc.,to think about taxing the billions of dollars many of our immigrants wire home, each month/ year, right at the post office, or wire services? If those monies sent home have, in fact, as reported, become a major source of revenue for places like Mexico, why should we not recoup some of it for the Federal government( since many of the folks receive several subsidies courtesy of our social programs’ generosity,) and for the state that the monies are sent from? Just sayin’-it is far past time to think bigger, get honest, make a real difference, and give taxpayers a break, for once, somewhere!!

  2. Dirty Hippie said at 6:36 am on June 29th, 2018:

    Declan O’Scanlon is no friend of the taxpayer. O’Scanlon voted to increase your gas taxes by 23 cents a gallon.


  3. Well aware of it. said at 7:04 am on June 29th, 2018:

    And, when I asked a former governor what have they done so far with the extra gas tax income,( such as, what roads/ bridges have been fixed,) I was told: they’ve paid back “bonded indebtedness”.. so there you are. I forgot to mention, they will likely go back to the full 7% sales tax too, then what will those legislators who voted for the gas tax say: they will say, “hey, we are the minority,” and vote no on that- but what good are they, when there are so few Republicans? Answer: as in Washington,( before we for once took Congress,) they get to keep their jobs, as the “minority,” while we, as usual, get screwed, and pay, pay, pay.. this state is not salvageable. Period.