Posted Thursday, June 14th, 2012

The possibility that New York may reinstitute a tax on anyone who works in Manhattan but resides elsewhere has met with strong opposition from the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The freeholders on June 12 adopted a resolution formally opposing the so-called “commuter tax” that is reportedly being considered by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer as a way of raising funds for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Stating that Morris County residents who commute to New York City every day for work would be adversely affected financially if they had to endure yet another tax during difficult economic times, the freeholders are asking Stringer and New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg to reconsider imposing the tax.

The freeholders said reinstituting the tax, which was discontinued in 1999, would pose an unfair burden on residents of Morris County and other counties in New Jersey and the tri-state area who are employed in New York City.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, of the 301,702 New Jersey residents who commute daily to New York City for work, approximately 11,600 of them live in Morris County.

Copies of the freeholder resolution opposing the tax are being sent to Stringer, Bloomberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the county’s state and congressional legislative delegation.