January 23, 2013
RE: Action Needed To Advance Restoration of Energy Receipts Bills
If you have not yet done so, please contact your State legislators and urge them to support Assembly Bill A-2753/Senate Bill S-1923. These are the bills that would require certain energy tax receipts to be paid directly to municipalities. This bill would assure local property taxpayers compensation for hosting transmission facilities and lines that allow gas and electric energy corporations to serve customers and conduct business in our Garden State. The State has not yet restored the $331 million in municipal property tax relief funding, which was diverted between 2008 and 2010. Passage of this initiative would do so, bringing each municipality back to the 2007 Energy Tax Receipts/CMPTRA funding level and adjusting that amount to account for inflation.
In our December 18 letter (http://www.njslom.org/letters/2012-1218-energy-taxes.html), we included a link to a Sample Resolution supporting these bills. We urge you to ask your governing body to enact the resolution and go on record in support of A-2753/S-1921. The Legislature and the Administration will have to focus on this issue, if we demonstrate widespread support for these bills.
Please act now. Please urge your State Senator and your two Assembly Members to co-sponsor A-2752/S-1921.
On January 14, the Times of Trenton published my guest opinion column on this legislation. You can access that on the internet at
http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2013/01/opinion_energy_taxes_belong_to.html Please feel free to share this op-ed with your taxpayers to better explain what is at stake in pushing for the restoration of our municipal energy tax receipts.
Very truly yours,
Janice S. Mironov, President,
New Jersey State League of Municipalities,
Mayor, East Windsor Township