Although, due to the shifting of the tax burden to property owners, I have been primarily concerned about the number of "tax exempt" properties in Plainfield as well as those that have had other abatements or perks, because of the recent postings on "Group Homes" I have also tried to list those that fall in that category.
There are approximately 6 full pages in the Assessor’s Tax Books listing tax exempt properties. After a visual scan approximately 240 are non government owned properties. The latter (government) included municipal, county, state, and federal properties as well as Authorities (IE: PMUA, Sewer), and Railroads.
This table (which is subject to corrections and additions) is an incomplete listing of “Group Housing”. Not all of those listed are designed for the disable or are "half way houses", but many are for the "homeless". Also I seemed to have missed the Park Hotel during my rapid scanning of the tax records. This facility should fall into the classification as a halfway house for the psychological impaired.
Of interest are the number of units (condos) in the converted Miron and Tepper’s buildings to Senior Citizen Low Cost Housing for which they had received tax abatements.
|Assoc Retarded Citizens||2|| |
|Calvery Babtist Church(Houses)||2|
|Creative Property Management||6||(Mirons?)|
|Interfaith Council for Homeless||17||includes |
|Convent Methodist Church Senior Housing||4|
|Volunteers of America||1|
Of the other approximately 197 properties most are “church” related although some are non public schools, health facilities including the MR MC campus and owned houses, Hartwyck (Solaris) nursing home as well as Senior Citizen low cost housing. Those that are not operated by municipal, state or federal agencies include the Cederbrook Park Apartments, and United (?) Plainfield Housing at Plainfield Ave and Seventh.
There are , including former Mayor Rick Taylor's, about 25 disable veterans' homes deservedly on the list.
I have not looked up the various tax abatement grants given by the city to developers or garden apartment operators.
The total number of units in the various garden apartments and high risers that have received some form of tax abatement's have not been calculated nor entered individually into the mix, but they are all a drain on the city’s resources.
For instance, in response to its automated fire protection system,the ARC property on Knollwood Ct. has had on an average at least 8 full fire department responses per year. I have no idea about any responses to the other group homes or if they are required to have similar systems.. With the closing of MRMC there will be a greatly increased cost in emergency health services.
It is a combination of all the above that justifies Assemblyman Greens concerns about Plainfield bring a dumping ground. We should be receptive for any possible remedy that conforms to present laws. Most of the public concerns are twofold; fear from misunderstanding of the unknown, and potential reduction in property value.
Plainfield's position could have been strengthened if there had been greater political and civilian civic pride than has been apparent the last few years. If the Feds or the State have program funding to keep the residents of non disable group housing occupied and not loitering on the streets, this community has been remiss in not seeking and applying those grants, Research into this matter is essential.
Any error in the data presented can be due to my “doctor’s handwriting" which at times even I have difficulty interpreting. Also there may be some slight numerical errors which may have inadvertently occurred. I understand that I have just touched on the tip of the iceberg. However the overall data is reflective of a serious problem about which the Assemblyman belatedly commented.