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City of Millville v. Cumberland County Board of Taxation

New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division


Decided: June 29, 1972.

CITY OF MILLVILLE, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY BOARD OF TAXATION, DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT. CITY OF VINELAND, PLAINTIFF-CROSS-APPELLANT, V. CITY OF MILLVILLE, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT

Conford, Matthews and Fritz.

Per Curiam

[122 NJSuper Page 445]

We reject the contention of Millville that all properties of the Millville Municipal Airport, regardless of their uses, are exempt from taxation by virtue of their incidental association with the public purpose of the airport or by virtue of their contribution to the financial solvency of the airport. Moonachie v. Port of New York Authority , 38 N.J. 414 (1962). There our Supreme Court held (at 423) that "property of public agencies which is not used for the authorized public purpose or held for such expected use within a reasonable time" is not exempted from taxation. It also there ruled that the "revenue motive" is not such an authorized public purpose.

For reasons set forth in our opinion in Brody v. Millville , 120 N.J. Super. 1 (App. Div. 1972), filed simultaneously herewith,*fn* we agree with the Division of Tax Appeals that Airwork Company and Boeing Vertol are sufficiently dedicated to a public use as to justify the exemption. Nor do we have any doubt that the restaurant operated by Dale Wettstein serves the requisite public purpose.

Affirmed.


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