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September 19, 2011

RE: Verizon Business Personal Property Tax Developments

Dear Mayor:

On September 1, Verizon informed an additional 31 municipalities that they would not be paying those entities Business Personal Property Taxes in 2012. Those municipalities are listed in red below.

As a result, taxpayers in 68 municipalities will now be forced to do without the benefits provided by these revenues.

Municipality County
1      Allendale
2      Bergenfield
3      Dumont
4      Elmwood Park
5      Fair Lawn
6      Glen Rock
7      Ho-Ho-Kus

8      Oakland
9      Ramsey
10    Ridgewood
11    Saddle River
12    Upper Saddle River
13    Waldwick
14    Westwood
15    Moorestown
16    Mount Laurel

17    Wrightstown
18    Collingswood
19    Oaklyn

20    Hopewell Boro
21    Highland Park
22    New Brunswick

23    South Amboy
24    Allentown
25    Belmar
26    Englishtown
27    Freehold Boro
28    Freehold Twp
29    Manalapan

30    Lake Como
31    Boonton Boro
32    Boonton Twp

33    Butler
34    Denville
35    Dover
36    Jefferson Twp
37    Kinnelon
38    Lincoln Park
39    Mine Hill
40    Morris Plains
41    Morristown

42    Mount Arlington
43    Mountain Lakes
44    Parsippany-Troy Hills

45    Pequannock
46    Riverdale
47    Rockaway Boro
48    Rockaway Twp
49    Victory Gardens
50    Wharton
51    Bloomingdale
52    Haledon
53    Hawthorne

54    North Haledon
55    Passaic
56    Paterson
57    Pompton Lakes
58    Prospect Park
59    Ringwood
60    Wanaque
61    Wayne
62    West Milford
63    Penns Grove
64    Pilesgrove

65    Hardyston Twp
66    Hopatcong
67    Sparta
68    Vernon Twp
Bergen
Bergen
Bergen
Bergen
Bergen
Bergen
Bergen

Bergen
Bergen
Bergen
Bergen
Bergen
Bergen
Bergen
Burlington
Burlington

Burlington
Camden
Camden

Mercer
Middlesex
Middlesex

Middlesex
Monmouth
Monmouth
Monmouth
Monmouth
Monmouth
Monmouth

Monmouth
Morris
Morris

Morris
Morris
Morris
Morris
Morris
Morris                   
Morris
Morris
Morris

Morris
Morris
Morris

Morris
Morris
Morris
Morris
Morris
Morris
Passaic
Passaic
Passaic

Passaic
Passaic
Passaic
Passaic
Passaic                  
Passaic
Passaic
Passaic
Passaic
Salem
Salem

Sussex
Sussex
Sussex
Sussex

As indicated our September 1 correspondence (http://www.njslom.org/letters/2011-0901-verizon-hopewell.html), Hopewell Borough in Mercer County has appealed Verizon’s decision to cease paying the Business Personal Property Tax based upon its interpretation of the applicable statute.  Verizon argues that once it unilaterally determines that it no longer supplies dial tone and access to at least 51% of the local telephone exchanges in a municipality, payment of the tax is no longer required. The League continues to be involved in this litigation, arguing against the Verizon assertions.

We will keep you posted on all further developments. If you have any questions contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481 ext. 121 or jmoran@njslom.com

Very truly yours,

Hon. Brian Wahler, Mayor, Piscataway
Member, NJLM Executive Board; and
Chair, NJLM Telecommunications Study Committee
William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

                                     

 

 

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