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Media Advisory

April 19, 2010
Trenton, NJ

League of Municipalities Encouraged by Lieutenant Governor’s Red Tape
 Review Group ‘Mandates Relief’ Report

League of Municipalities First Vice President, Mayor Chuck Chiarello of Buena Vista, welcomed the release of final recommendations by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno’s Red Tape Review Group.

“We thank the Lieutenant Governor for involving the League and our members in this process, from its inception and through today.  The report is a step in the right direction and provides hope of real relief down the line,” said Mayor Chiarello. “While these recommendations offer the opportunity for long term reform and relief,  only swift action by the Administration and the Legislature on things like the Stormwater Management mandates, binding interest arbitration reform, civil service reform and COAH requirements can provide immediate relief for our taxpayers, ” said Mayor Chiarello.

Of particular promise, with regards to property tax relief, the League of Municipalities welcomes the recommendation to establish a permanent review group and to invite New Jersey law schools to conduct an objective study of unfunded statutory and regulatory mandates. The League, also, welcomes the consolidation of land use planning and ‘smart growth’ functions in a single agency.

“Again, we thank all the members of the Group for their attention to our concerns,” said Mayor Chiarello. “And we salute the efforts of our own Mandates Relief Committee, co-chaired by Mayor John Bencivengo of Hamilton Township and Mayor Anthony Persichilli of Pennington Borough. That Committee will continue to work with all State elected and appointed officials, interested in advancing property tax relief through relief of unfunded mandates”

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For further information contact: William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director at (609)695-3481, extension 122 or 609-915-9072.

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