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May 12, 2011

RE: Support Our Efforts to Help Your Property Taxpayers

Dear Mayor:

We want to thank the 135 Mayors who have responded to our letter of April 26 http://www.njslom.org/letters/2011-0426-funding-compliance.html and signed a statement of support for our efforts to help your property taxpayers.

Just as you collect taxes that go to support county and school district operations, the State collects taxes – like the Energy Tax – that are supposed to come back to you to support municipal operations. Every dollar you get from these sources is a dollar LESS that you need to collect from your property taxpayers.

But, unlike the county and school district taxes that you collect, the State is able to divert dollars that are meant to flow into your budget, and put them to its own use in Trenton.  Every dollar so diverted is a dollar MORE, added to the burden that you need to collect from your property taxpayers.

If you think your taxpayers are better off when the State controls these moneys, than they would be if the funding flowed into your municipal budget, then there’s nothing you need to do.

But if you want to be able to use the funding to benefit your constituents, it is absolutely imperative for Mayors to take a strong stand against continued State reliance on municipal revenue sources.

We want to present a complete list of all mayors who agree with that position, to State policy makers next month. We urge all Mayors to unite to protect our property taxpayers.

In an 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 know that a number of Mayors have used the spreadsheet to determine the extent of the State skim over the past 10 years, and the amount that the skim will cost their taxpayers this year.

Mayor Michael Gabbianelli of Monroe Township in Gloucester County indicates that his taxpayers will contribute $2.7 million to the State Treasurer’s budget this year, bringing the 10 year total of losses to over $10 million. Mayor Mike Fressola of Manchester Township in Ocean County has shown how his property taxpayers will be making an involuntary contribution of over $2 million to the State in 2011, bring their 10 year total to $6.4 million. While in Hackensack, Mayor Sasso’s constituents will provide the State with $2.8 million this year, putting their 10 year total donation over $11 million.

We also ask 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.

Thank you.

Very truly yours,


Hon. Chuck Chiarello              Hon. Janice Mironov              William G. Dressel, Jr.
League President                   League 2nd Vice-President      Executive Director
Mayor, Buena Vista Twp.        Mayor East Windsor Twp.

 

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