According to recent press reports, the only thing stopping
Senate President and Acting Governor Codey from advancing
the bills that would allow the people to decide whether
or not they want to authorize a special citizens' convention
for property tax reform is the lack of support in the Senate
It appears that
the defenders of the status quo have effectively convinced
a number of Senators that they should oppose this effort
to, once and for all, address New Jersey's chronic over-reliance
on regressive property taxes.
Now is the
time for all who support the convention approach to property
tax reform to contact their State Senators and to impress
upon them the facts about the property tax crisis and about
Please see our
three page position
statement, which should answer most questions about
the convention approach and why we support it. It is available
on our website at http://www.njslom.org/constitutional_convention_main.html.
The online version of this letter will include a link to
We have heard
some argue that a convention will take too long to deliver
reform. If enough Legislators had ignored that argument
when a similar bill was first advanced, through the Senate
Judiciary Committee, in 2002, the people could have authorized
the convention in November, 2003, and they could have approved
its recommendations last November, so that today, the people
wouldn't have to be out there still waiting for property
make every effort to have your municipality well represented
at our June 16 Statehouse Rally for Property Tax Reform.
Details on this were included in our letters of May 25 and
For further information,
contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 21.