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March 2, 2012

Re:  PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS
ACT NOW FOR PROPERTY TAX RELIEF
ASSEMBLY BUDGET COMMITTEE TO REVIEW ENERGY TAX ISSUE

Dear Mayor:

On Monday, March 5, the Assembly Budget Committee has scheduled a special hearing to discuss the distribution of revenue replacement funding to municipalities, pursuant to the Energy Tax Receipts Property Tax Relief Act.

We thank Committee Chairman Assemblyman Vincent Prieto for focusing the Budget Committee on our most important property tax relief priority for 2012. You can access a recent press account of this issue at http://www.politickernj.com/55179/mayors-christie-time-give-us-our-money-back.

PLEASE CONTACT THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TODAY AND TELL THEM HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS TO YOU AND YOUR CONSTITUENTS.

PROPERTY TAXPAYERS NEED ALL THE RELIEF THEY CAN GET AND THESE DOLLARS BELONG IN YOUR BUDGETS.

The Members of the Assembly Budget Committee are:

Prieto, Vincent - Chair
Schaer, Gary S. - Vice-Chair
Bucco, Anthony M.  
Burzichelli, John J.  
Chiusano, Gary R.  
Coutinho, Albert  
Johnson, Gordon M.  
O'Scanlon, Declan J.  
Singleton, Troy  
Watson Coleman, Bonnie  
Webber, Jay  
Wimberly, Benjie E.  

Just click on a Committee Member’s name to access contact information.

At issue is amount of CMPTRA and Energy Tax relief you get each year from Trenton. If the State had complied with statutory funding requirements, the $1,590,292,000 which municipalities shared in 2001 would have grown to $2,182,502,000 in 2011. Instead, only $1,293,794,000 was distributed in 2011. In fact, the State’s current budget was balanced by $888,708,000 that should be returned to municipalities for property tax relief. And the total amount diverted from property tax relief in order to cover State spending in just the past 10 years is a staggering $3.4 billion.

If you have access to the excel program, you can calculate how much relief your taxpayers have lost. Open that spreadsheet at http://www.njslom.org/documents/ETR-Impact-Calculation.xls. If your CFO will enter your municipality’s actual annual cmptra AND Energy Tax receipts, in column c, the program will complete the calculations and show your annual and 11-year losses.

You can use this resource to show your local property taxpayers the amount of relief that they have been denied, by the State, from these sources. You can, also, share this information with your State Legislators and with the local press.

If you have any questions, please contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

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