June 16, 2009
Re: State Budget Progress
Yesterday in Trenton, both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee released identical versions of the Appropriations Act for the State’s next Fiscal Year, which will begin on July 1. The bills (S-2010 (http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/BILLS/S2500/2010_i1.PDF)/A-4100 (http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/BILLS/A3500/4100_i1.pdf)) are now poised for passage in both Houses on Thursday, June 18.
The $32 million cuts in municipal property tax relief funding, specified in the Governor’s March proposal (See the letter of March 24, regarding Mayor McDonough’s Budget Testimont, at http://www.njslom.org/ml032409b.html.) were augmented by a $25 million cut from the Special Municipal Aid account.
Our call for mandates relief was not heard in Trenton, this year. However, Assembly Budget Committee Chairman, Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, has agreed to meet with our Mandates Relief Committee Co-Chairs, Hamilton Township (Mercer) Mayor John Bencivengo and Pennington Borough Mayor Anthony Persichilli, in mid-July. And legislators from both parties and from both Houses have expressed interest in mandates relief.
We will keep you posted on the budget, and our efforts to secure mandates relief, as progress is made.
For more information, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.