As noted, we each pay a fee of $1.50 per tire to help pay for the proper disposal of old tire. Each year, this fee generates $9.2 million according to The Record.
You would think that this would be more than enough money to clean up the now new and growing tire problem. But, it seems that both prior and current administrations haven’t seen a pot of money that it does not like for whatever purpose it deems necessary…In this case, almost all of the money generated from 2005-2015 went for snow removal.
Now, as a matter of public policy, I generally agree with the proposition that the administration should have flexibility to move money in emergencies based on public need. However, hit seems that in this matter (and others as I have written), money is moved as a matter of convenience.
Here is the sequence…
- The money is dedicated to a fund to clean up tire.
- The administration does not allow the money to be spent on the dedicated program.
- The administration declares the money unused and allows it to be transferred to the general fund.
The result? tire piles growing and no money to pay for the clean up.
This is simply poor public policy.
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N.J. losing ground in fight against dumping of tire