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FROM 222 WEST STATE STREET
Bill Dressel, League Executive Director

 

Make This
Your Year for Advocacy

Bill Dressel

Sandy’s punch packed a wallop. But the people of New Jersey have a lot of heart. Dazed, but undaunted, we will recover and we will rebuild. As that work continues, we need to renew our commitment to deal with other concerns and challenges as well.

As 2013 begins, we must redouble our efforts to recover from the Energy Tax and CMPTRA cuts of 2008, 2009 and 2010. That funding belongs in local budgets. And by restoring those dollars, the state can help struggling property taxpayers all around the state, especially those unlucky enough to have been in Sandy’s path.

The Legislature and the Administration need to recognize that local governments do all they can to control property taxes. For this reason, state policymakers need to carefully consider the costs, as well as the perceived benefits, of their legislative proposals. They also need to resist the temptation to divert local property tax relief monies to address state budget problems.

Just as we did when Sandy struck, we need to work together to find practical ways to promote economic development, environmental protection, public safety, public health and affordable housing.

In this month’s Legislative Update section, NJLM’s new President, Mayor Janice Mironov of East Windsor Township will introduce you to our legislative priorities for the coming year. We need the active participation of every municipal official to advance this ambitious agenda. Make this your year to speak up at the state level on behalf of your constituents and all New Jersey’s citizens.

The damage done to New Jersey by Hurricane Sandy cannot be over-estimated. But, neither can the resilience of New Jersey’s local officials.

You can rely on your own talents. And you’ll get through this, as you have other challenges in the past. You can rely on each other. For almost a century now, through your League of Municipalities, you have learned and spoken as one. And together, you have overcome long odds and major crises. For almost 100 years, your League of Municiaplities has been providing Mayors and other local officials with the tools they need to better serve their fellow citizens.

Just as Hurricane Sandy ‘packed a powerful punch,’ New Jersey’s local leaders are also a force to be reckoned with.

 

Editorial from New Jersey Municipalities, Volume 90, Number 1, January 2013

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