In an annual reminder to taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it is looking to return $153.3 million in undelivered tax refund checks. In all, 99,123 taxpayers are due refund checks this year that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors. Undelivered refund checks average $1,547 this year. In New Jersey, there are 2,684 taxpayers with undelivered refunds, totaling $5,267,277 with an average refund of $1,962.
New census data says that Wildwood has the highest amount of children living in poverty. The new numbers say that 46 percent of the students in the school district are living in poverty. Wildwood is typically among the top schools in this category. Across the board, numbers for students age 5 to 17-years-old living in poverty increased from prior numbers.
Shotgun weddings could be coming to New Jersey. A couple of important Democratic leaders have proposed legislation to end a 72-hour waiting period for marriages in the state. Nearly 30 other states have no waiting period and there is some belief that this could help boost the state’s wedding business. Some worry that they would prefer that New Jersey does not become a haven to quickie marriages.
There is a contention within the state regarding whether another bear hunt should take place. A black bear hunt took place for six days last year. An appellate panel heard testimony on Tuesday regarding the issue. The bear population has been growing in the north west portion of the state. Some animal rights groups believe other population control methods can be used other than a hunt. The hunt is scheduled to begin Monday and a decision will likely be rendered prior.
Just prior to the final day that you can apply for federal disaster aid relating to Hurricane Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal aid has already topped $256 million to New Jersey. Not all public assistance projects resulting from the disaster are completed. FEMA picks up 75 percent of the cost and the remainder is paid for by the state and local governments. Wednesday is the final day to apply for aid.
New Jersey residents are more confident that the state is going in the right direction than they have been in seven years. That was the message of Gov. Chris Christie as he spoke to a group this week. Christie was citing a recent poll where New Jersey residents felt more confident that the state was going in the right direction versus not going in the right direction. Meanwhile, the numbers should they significantly don’t believe the federal government is. The governor pointed to some job growth numbers and that property taxes have become more manageable for towns to deal with.
Mike McMillan, a 36-year employee of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, was recently presented with the American Public Works Association’s Distinguished Service Award. McMillan received the honor at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Convention in Atlantic City on Nov. 19.
McMillan, a resident of Green Creek, began his career in Wildwood Crest with the borough’s sewer department in the mid 1970s, before the department was merged with the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works in the late 1980s. He has been employed as a sewer equipment operator for the Department of Public Works since 1988.
According to Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works Superintendent Joe Bond, McMillan was nominated for the award by Glenn Balmer, Superintendent of the Wildwood Sewer Utility, and Harry Wozunk, Superintendent of Public Works for the City of North Wildwood.
“Mike has been a diligent and dedicated worker during his many fine years of service to the Borough of Wildwood Crest,” Bond said. “This is a truly well deserved award for someone who is highly respected by his peers both in Wildwood Crest and other neighboring towns. We congratulate Mike on receiving the award. ”
Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Nelson T. Albano and Matthew Milam that would make transferring the title of an abandoned vessel simpler by requiring the title transfer application be made to the state Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) was recently approved by an Assembly panel.
The bill removes the requirement that a person, entity, municipality, or harbor commission looking to acquire title to an abandoned vessel must apply to a court for transfer of title to the vessel. Instead, the person, entity, municipality, or harbor commission would have to apply to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission for transfer of title to the vessel.
The bill also increases from seven days to 30 days the period of time after which a vessel that has remained moored, grounded, docked, or otherwise attached or fastened to any public land or waterway or any private property may be impounded.
Under the bill, the owner of an impounded vessel would be responsible for the cost of the transportation, disposal, and other incidental costs associated with the impounded vessel.
News came out this week that toll revenue projections are above what has actually been taken in. State officials say that their numbers are off $47.1 million through the end of Oct. versus projections. The economy and high gas prices are cited as the main reasons from the drop in toll revenue. The numbers represent the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
A national conference of governors is taking place in Orlando this week and Gov. Chris Christie is in attendance. Christie is at the annual Republican Governors Association conference, which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will be in charge of the state until Christie returns later this week.