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November 16, 2009

Dear Mayor:

Authorized by the League’s Executive Board, the Mayors Task Force for School Funding Reform is developing a proposal that would require the State to fund per pupil education costs from a source other than the local property tax.

Our State’s Constitution calls for the State to ensure a ‘thorough and efficient’ system of public education for children between the ages of 5 and 18. Such a system can be achieved without further burdening our beleaguered property tax payers, if the State assumes the per pupil costs methodology proposed by the Joint Legislative Committee on School Funding. That methodology takes into account such factors as grade level, geographic location, special educational needs, socio-economic status and other criteria to determine the cost of educating each child.

The Task Force will recommend reforms that ensure all school districts will be provided with the resources needed to educate their students. And, those reforms will significantly ease the burden of regressive property taxes that continues to plague our State’s citizens, our businesses and our hopes for economic recovery.

The League’s Resolutions Committee will consider a Resolution of Support for the Task Force’s work:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Room 320
Atlantic City Convention Center

If approved by that Committee, the League Membership will be asked to endorse the Resolution at the League’s Annual Business Meeting.

Friday, November 20, 2009
Pearl Ballroom
Sheraton Convention Center Hotel

A part of that Resolution will ask New Jersey Mayors to demonstrate their individual support for this effort by signing a Statement of Support. Copies of the “Statement of Support” will be available all week at the Mayors Information Center.

We invite all interested Mayors to endorse this effort.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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