“New Jersey officials can't seem to give money away when it comes to the nation's highest property taxes. About 200,000 people have failed to apply for their property tax rebates, costing themselves $200 million total, Democratic leaders said yesterday. About 1.1 million rebate checks were mailed to homeowners last week, but Senate President Richard J. Codey and Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Jr. urged those who haven't applied to do so before the Oct. 31 application deadline.” (Hester, AP)
So, the state with the highest property taxes in the nation left rebate checks totaling about $200 million on the table. Go figure.
And there are 200,000 of them. Clueless.
Probably these are the same types of guys who drive a Pacer or a Yugo, drive with their left signal on in the left lane, have an eight-track deck in their car, is not registered to vote, live at home with their parents, did not think that Don Imus said anything wrong, does not have an EZ-pass, and roots for the Mets (North Jersey) or Phillies (South Jersey).
Here is the way to make sure the State actually distributes the money: Send out a press release telling people they CANNOT have their money back. "Nope, you can't have it back. We're going to keep it and use it to....buy glow in the dark shoes for all the deer in the state so that....can be seen at night".
People will go nuts making sure they get their money back.