Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders
92 Market Street. Salem, N.J. 08079
Contact: Rita Shade Simpson, Clerk of the Board/Administrator
April 10, 2002
NJ-PA INCOME TAX AGREEMENT AFFECTS SALEM COUNTY WORK FORCE
SALEM - Salem County Freeholder Director Dave Sparks said today that ending New Jersey's reciprocal tax agreement with Pennsylvania will affect 5 per cent of Salem County's work force.
"Obviously, Governor McGreevey's proposal discriminates against South Jersey, but we need to understand that Salem County is not unscathed. Ending the reciprocal agreement will have a devastating impact on more than 1,100 people in Salem County. They'll be paying anywhere from $1,000 to several thousand dollars a year in additional income taxes."
Although the Governor apparently is reconsidering his proposal, he will do so only if revenues can be adjusted elsewhere in the state budget.
"Historically, southern counties do not receive their fair share of state revenue and assistance," said Sparks.
"Salvaging the reciprocity agreement must not be contingent upon offsetting the cost with cuts elsewhere that negatively impact Salem County and other southern counties."