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March 23, 2015
Trenton, NJ

Municipal League President to Speak on State Budget Issues

Tomorrow in Trenton, Piscataway Mayor and League of Municipalities President Brian Wahler will appear before the Assembly Budget Committee to discuss Governor Christie’s proposed State Budget. His observations will focus on the Transportation Trust Fund, the Pension and Benefit Commission’s Roadmap to Resolution and the status of municipal property tax relief funding.

Mayor Wahler is scheduled to speak:

9:30 A.M.
Committee Room 11 (Fourth Floor)
State House Annex
Trenton, NJ

Speaking on behalf of all New Jersey Mayors, concerning transportation infrastructure funding, Mayor Wahler will note, “On June 30, it isn’t a pot hole that awaits the New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund. It is the end of the road. We have known this day was coming for well over a year. There have been public hearings. There have been press conferences. There have been editorials in the newspapers and interviews on radio and TV. It is frustrating to local officials to know that there has been no agreement on a sustainable solution to the problem.”

On the Pension and Benefit “Roadmap to Resolution” recommendation to divert local health benefit savings to address State pension funding shortfalls, he will state, “Local savings could be used to deliver local property tax relief. As the stewards of the property taxpayer’s contribution to the common good, local elected officials have a responsibility to object to any proposal to divert those resources to any other purpose.” 
On general property tax relief funding, Mayor Wahler will say, “We urge you, again, to acknowledge that the time has come to begin to restore to local budgets the millions in property tax relief that continue to be annually diverted to meet State needs.”

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For further information contact: William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director at (609)695-3481, extension 122.

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