February 14, 2011
Re: Updated League Publication: State Government
and Your Local Property Taxes (What Residents
& Businesses Should Consider)
In order to help your constituents to better understand the connection between what happens (and doesn’t happen) in our State Capital and their property taxes bills, our Legislative Relations Team has updated our popular brochure entitled “State Government & Your Local Property Taxes: What Residents and Businesses Should Consider.” A copy of the NEW brochure is attached, for your consideration.
New Jersey tax policy for all levels of government is determined under the Gold Dome of our State House. As local officials, you must play the hand that has been dealt to you by the powers that be in Trenton. Governor Christie’s 2010 “Special Session” was the third major attempt at property tax reform in the last decade. In 2004, Governor McGreevey’s “FAIR” (Fair And Immediate Relief) plan included relief for our hardest hit taxpayers; stricter spending caps; and a plan to advance towards a Citizens’ Convention for Property Tax Reform. Today, all that remains of that plan is the caps. In 2006, Governor Corzine’s Special Session for Property Tax Reform produced property tax credits that have vanished, and property tax caps that have been tightened.
Based on the failures of the simple solutions applied, to date, to address our State’s chronic and crushing over-reliance on property taxes to fund local governments; this information is meant to be shared with your local residents and business people. We believe that the more they know about this problem, the more likely are they to be our allies for meaningful and consistent property tax relief and lasting property tax reforms.
If you find this information useful, the flyer is available for down-loading. Bulk copies can be ordered directly from our printer, Eric Bielawski of White Eagle Printing, at 609-586-2032 ext. 12.
We sincerely hope you will find this helpful.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.