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April 18, 2008

Budget Cut Update Funding Formulas Matter



Dear Mayor:

Thank you for all that you’ve already done to convince State policy-makers to restore the $189 million in municipal property tax relief slated to be cut in the Governor’s budget proposal. We know that most of you have contacted your State Legislators. We know that most have sent resolutions to key State officials. We know that many of you have attended events that we have sponsored and events sponsored by your county Leagues and Mayors’ Associations. And we know that several of you took the time and made the effort to testify before the Assembly or Senate Budget Committee.

Please continue to talk to your Legislators on this. If any or all of your Legislators will give you an ‘iron clad’ commitment to support full restoration of the $189 million, please let us know. We would want to formally thank them for that.

If you have not yet done so, we also urge you to contact the presiding officers of the Senate and the Assembly, and the respective Committee Chairs, to inform them of the effects of the cuts on your taxpayers and on your efforts, over the years, to economize your government. Urge them to support full restoration of the $189 million municipal property tax relief funding. Their addresses are:

Hon Richard J. Codey
Senate President 
449 Mount Pleasant Ave.
West Orange, NJ  07052

Hon. Joseph Roberts
Assembly Speaker
Brooklawn Shopping Center
Route 130 & Browning Road
Brooklawn, NJ  08030


Hon Barbara Buono
Chair, Senate Budget &
Appropriations Committee
Two Lincoln Highway
Suite 401 
Edison, NJ  08820
Hon. Lou Greenwald
Chair, Assembly Budget Committee
1103 Laurel Oak Rd.
Suite 142
Voorhees, NJ  08043

At this point, we must also focus on the Governor. Under our Constitution, the Governor has the ultimate power over State spending, with the abilities to certify revenues and to use his ‘line-item veto’ to eliminate or reduce any component of the budget passed by both Houses of the Legislature. We commend the Governor for his effort to balance the State’s budget.

But we oppose his method of choice, because of the impact that it will have on municipal property taxpayers and on municipal services. Contact Governor Corzine and his Chief of Staff, as follows.

Hon. Jon S. Corzine
Governor, State of New Jersey
State House
West State Street
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, NJ  08625

Hon. Bradley Abelow
Chief of Staff to
Governor Jon S. Corzine
State House
West State House
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, NJ  08625

Since some of these officials may not be familiar with the history of municipal property tax relief funding in our State, we have enclosed a Sample Resolution (WORD, PDF) for your consideration, as a possible help in your communications with key State policy-makers.

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

Thanks for all you’ve already done. Keep fighting on.


                                                                        Very truly yours,


                                                                        William G. Dressel, Jr.
                                                                        Executive Director





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