Concern about the tax base? You bet there should be…

The saga of the Roche closing in Nutley continues.

This is a 20 acre campus — ordinary residents that are middle class (again the phrase that pays, so to speak) are wondering what will happen to their property taxes now that Roche is departing the town.

This will murder their tax base. 

And again, this is a very good example of how the middle class drives everything. These were, at best, middle class jobs in that campus — and the middle class owns all of the houses in that town. There is a tony section of that town but it is mostly resoundingly middle class.

I expect nothing to be built there.

The ole Ford plant in Linden shut down years ago; all that is there is a Sam’s Club and one other retail store.

And I expect the same for nearly every large campus, vacated by a large company.  This is not the time to build; we do not have full consumerism and we will not have it for months and months to come. We’re approaching Year 5 of a recession (never over in my opinion) and we still have 10%/20% unemployment.  Nobody is buying homes and nobody is buying anything in stores.

5 thoughts on “Concern about the tax base? You bet there should be…”

  1. There is a town about an hour from me that used to be a big manufacturing town but those companies have long left. I will drive through it and I see Wal-Mart and other stores and a few small companies but not much else. The buildings look vacant and it is sad. There is a small town even farther away and it has been announced their large factory is going to China and I suspect that will destroy that town too. Btw that company was bought by Bain which of course Romney ran.

    The effects of the recession and outsourcing (which played a huge part in the recession)are destroying this society.

  2. YOu can bet that that town pretty much turned into a slum after the big company moved out. It’s going to be the same with Nutley — I saw that happen to another town when the manufacturing jobs dried up.

    Most of that was sign of the times. Most of the first generation Americans went on to college rather than work in manufacturing. So a lot of those jobs dried up due to that reason.

    That town is now heavily populated by Mexicans, Arabs (growing rapidly in population), some Asian Indians, Central and South Americans and Carribean Hispanics. The whites left eons ago.

    The same thing will happen to our town, also. As somebody pointed out, we have 4 towns comprised each of one race/country of origin, not one contiguous homogenized town.

  3. I will admit some of this is sign of the times — most warehouses, the very new ones, are automated. Less personnel is needed in consolidation; a fraction of the staff can do the job.

    And less hospital personnel are needed: most procedures are outpatient based and most are NOT done in a hospital venue: there are many many outpatient surgical suites.

    Most bloodwork now goes to reference labs. So you don’t need a big staff of med techs and other lab personnel anymore. Nor do you need very many pathologists.

    Where there were 3 pathologists in a 200 bed hospital, there is now one (and one to cover that one when he or she is on vacation or not present)

    Same goes for radiologists. The work is now being outsourced.

    If we send home every single visaed employee I daresay we will nip unemployment in the bud. They’re bringing in more and more visaed employees — so we have an official unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent! So where are these jobs, then, that these visaed employees are filling????

    Something is all fooked up with the reporting numbers, then. There ARE jobs and somebody’s filling ’em.

  4. Let’s not forget that many of these visaed workers are taking jobs that people can do. I have experience in marketing and instructional design and have seen visaed workers get these jobs over me, though I have the same skills. The employers claim I would want more money but not true I am willing to take anything.

  5. What you need in marketing is somebody who KNOWS the market.

    Somebody from another country already has a cultural barrier to hurdle. The person is not from the area, to put it politely.

    IF perchance they’ve lived in the area for many many years — I’d say 15 — then maybe I’d say yeah. But my top pick is going to be somebody who poses no cultural barrier.

    And the money thing is a lot of dog dung. BE UP FRONT about the salary — let the potential employee either take it or leave it. This way, nobody gets led on and you as a candidate already know if the money is adequate for you.

    “We are paying mid to high 40s. Is that salary what you are looking at? if yes, we will continue. if not we will say goodbye right now.” Stop the farting around and stop the bullshit in general. Don’t waste anybody’s time.

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