April 26, 2011
RE: STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR STATUTORY FUNDING COMPLIANCE
At this time, it is absolutely imperative for Mayors to take a strong stand against continued State reliance on municipal revenue sources. We urge all Mayors to unite to protect our property taxpayers.
The statutes require the State to provide annually inflation-adjusted Energy Tax and CMPTRA funding to New Jersey municipalities. But is has not done so for the past 10 years, because the State can suspend and supersede statutory law simply by inserting a few sentences to that effect in the Annual Appropriations Act.
Level funding – that is, no further cuts – was proposed in the budget that the Governor submitted to the Legislature for the next Fiscal Year. Following three straight years of dramatic cuts, level funding seemed to be a step in the right direction.
The Supreme Court is set to render a school funding decision shortly. The Administration has publicly stated that, should the Court order additional school aid, further municipal property tax relief funding cuts would be considered. We will need to be able to clearly demonstrate our unity on Energy Tax and CMPTRA funding to the Administration and to the Legislature.
I want to thank all of you who have faxed your statements of support back to us. After only 10 days, including a major holiday weekend, we are already approaching 100 responses.
In our earlier letter (http://www.njslom.org/letters/2011-0413-energy-tax.html), we provided you with access to a spreadsheet that you can use to determine the extent to which the State has deprived your taxpayers of statutory relief. We also asked you to register your support for our efforts on this. If you have not yet done so, please complete the attached statement of support and fax it back to the League office, as soon as possible, at 609-695-0151.
I again want to thank East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov, League Second Vice President and Chairperson of our Statutory Funding Compliance Committee, for her leadership on this, and all of you for your active support. If you have any questions, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-23481, ext. 121.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.
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Please return signed form via fax (609) 695-0151 or mail to:
NJ League of Municipalities
222 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
“A promise made should be a promise kept, and municipal officials have not forgotten and will not sit quietly by while municipal funds continue to be diverted for state use. State officials are quick to announce a 2 percent spending cap for municipalities, passage of so-called “toolkit” legislation, and a claim of no new state taxes. Yet at the same time they are diverting huge amounts of municipally-owed monies from energy tax receipts. In effect, state officials are transferring their problems down to local officials and increasing local property taxes. … The Governor and Legislature should introduce and adopt a FY 2012 State Budget that provides for the full statutory distribution of Energy Tax Receipts and CMPTRA Revenue Replacement funding. The state must be held accountable to towns and local property taxpayers. We call for an immediate and full restoration of our rightful municipal money.”
- League 2nd Vice President and Mayor of East Windsor Janice S. Mironov, Chairperson of the League’s new Statutory Funding Compliance Committee.
Yes, Mayor Mironov, I, _____________________________________,
Mayor of _______________________________________, fully support
your efforts to convince State policy makers to comply with the statutes requiring annual inflationary adjustments and full annual distribution of Energy Tax and CMPTRA revenue replacement funding. Restoration of these municipal revenues is the single most important tool that the State could give to municipal officials struggling to provide property tax relief and essential services in 2011, and in the future.
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