A New Jersey appeals court disappointed Seaview Harbor residents this week. The 98 home community between Longport & Somers Point wanted to break away from Egg Harbor Twp, and join Longport instead.
Waterfront Seaview Harbor wanted the sizable savings of leaving higher-taxed Egg Harbor Twp, and joining much lowered-taxed, Longport.
Longport has lower taxes, in large part, by not having a school system to support.
The decision, announced on Dec. 29, upheld a 2020 court ruling.
Seaview Harbor is too far from main portion of EHT. We’re closer to Longport. More in common with Longport.Seaview Residents
EHT didn’t want to lose the revenue. A tax hike would have been inevitable for the remaining EHT residents. On the other hand, Seaview Harbor resident real estate bills would be substantially reduced if they joined Longport.
Critics allege Seaview Harbor wanted de-annexation just for tax savings, also called ‘tax shopping.’
Former Egg Harbor Township Mayor Sonny McCullough, at one-time lived-in Seaview Harbor. Sonny now lives in Atlantic City. I told Seaview Harbor not to waste their money — judge won’t let you leave higher-taxed EHT, for lower-taxed join Longport.“Report-of-Findings”-Petition-for-Deannexation-Seaview-Harbor-1-1