Audio Recording "The taxes, the expenses in the city of Paterson are skyrocketing; it's an expensive place to live."

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Title
"The taxes, the expenses in the city of Paterson are skyrocketing; it's an expensive place to live."
Contributor Names
Soria, Ralph (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-13
Subject Headings
-  Puerto Ricans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Soria Real Estate Agency (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Ralph Soria, owner of Soria Real Estate Agency on Oliver Street.
-  Summary of audio segment: Are people who are moving renters or owners? RS says both, but especially owners. Owners are selling, because taxes are murder in Paterson. Real high, too high. RS says he pays $6,500 on a one family home, in the Eastside section. His taxes doubled in this building [his real estate building] in one year. He was paying 4 something or 5 something, now is paying $10,000. TC asks why taxes have gone up so much. RS says you have to see things the way it should be. RS can't speak against anybody in politics. The welfare's high, crime is high, police officers are retiring and collecting pensions, the insurance in the city of Paterson is skyrocketing with the benefits and all that. So where is it going to come from, for schools, etc. And you can't even send your children to public schools because of what happens sometimes. RS has to send his daughter to a private school, and pays almost $3-4,000 tuition. Plus $6,000 in taxes he has to pay, so he's throwing away $10-11,000 for no benefits at all. So owners see this, a lot of people see this, and they want to skip town. They figure they can go to Florida and their kids can go to public school, they don't have to send them to private school. And they don't have to pay those high taxes [that they pay in Paterson], so if they make less in Florida they're still saving money. Taxes, expenses in the city of Paterson are skyrocketing. It's an expensive place to live.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A023
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcwip.tca02311
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "The taxes, the expenses in the city of Paterson are skyrocketing; it's an expensive place to live.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003992/.

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Soria, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "The taxes, the expenses in the city of Paterson are skyrocketing; it's an expensive place to live.". -09-13. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003992/.

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Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "The taxes, the expenses in the city of Paterson are skyrocketing; it's an expensive place to live.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003992/>.