Corzine Steals from 911 Fund

This was very disconcerting news. If you use a cell phone, you pay a monthly surcharge. Jon Corzine stole the money slated for maintaining the 911 emergency system and diverted it for his own purposes, endangering residents throughout the state.

If you own a cell phone in New Jersey, you pay a 90-cent monthly surcharge on your bill that appears targeted toward improving 911 communications.

But this year, none of the estimated $137 million collected from New Jersey cell phone users for the state’s “9-1-1 System and Emergency Response” fee will go to local 911 call centers.

This sort of manipulation of funds that are slated for specific purposes is nothing new for Corzine, who feels that his executive authority trumps the balance of the legislative branch of New Jersey government. Jon continually pisses on the state constitution for his own ends, ignoring the wishes of the publicly elected officials.

But Gov. Jon S. Corzine suspended the local grant program in January for the upcoming fiscal year in order to help balance the state budget. That cut more than $12 million in grants to 911 call centers.

“They cut the program, but they’re still taking the money,” said Vineland Police Capt. Rudy Beu, whose department now must fill a $200,000 gap. “You’re paying for it, but we ain’t getting it.”

So who is going to make up the difference? You are. Every municipality will have to make up the shortfall to maintain their mandated 911 Call Center, and that money can only come from increased property taxes. Once again, Jon raids coffers that are not his and leaves the middle class holding the bill.


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