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July 22, 2008

Re:      Public Safety Related Costs Property Tax Relief (S-1976/A-2982)

Dear Mayor:

Senator Jeff Van Drew has introduced S-1976. The bill would impose a $40 surcharge on all motor vehicle violations to defray some of the costs in providing local police services.  Companion legislation (A-2982) has been introduced in the General Assembly by Assemblymen Matthew Milam and Nelson Albano. Please contact your State Legislators and urge them to support S-1976 and A-2982.

Half the funding would be deposited in the “Police Services Property Tax Relief Fund.”  The moneys in this fund would be used exclusively for the purposes of reducing the amount a municipality is required to raise through local property taxation to cover the costs of providing police services.  These moneys are to be allocated proportionally among those municipalities that have full-time police departments.  The bill specifies that $1,000,000 is the largest allocation any municipality may receive in a year.  To insure that fund moneys will be available to the largest number of municipalities, the bill provides that no more than ten $1,000,000 allocations may be awarded in any one year.  The bill also provides that the smallest award a municipality is to receive is $5,000. The remainder would be deposited in the “Rural Police Services Property Tax Relief Fund,” to defray the costs of providing full-time and part-time State Police in some of the State’s smaller and more rural communities. Based on the number of motor vehicle violations committed in recent years, the surcharge proposed in this bill should annually generate in excess of $80,000,000 for each fund.

To assist us in this lobbying effort we are asking that you consider passing the attached resolution Copies should be sent to your legislative delegation, the Governor’s office and the League of Municipalities. 

Your assistance and cooperation is appreciated.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at (609) 695-3481 ext. 122.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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