Tuesday, May 20, 2008
MAYORS DEMAND RELIEF RESTORATION
On Tuesday, May 20, over 100 local officials joined our President, Mayor Bob Bowser of East Orange, First Vice-President, Mayor Tim McDonough of Hope, Board Member, Mayor Tish Columbi of Haddonfield, and a panel of high ranking State policymakers for this key State Budget Summit, in Trenton.
We want to thank State Treasurer David Rousseau, DCA Commissioner Joe Doria, State Senator Phil Haines of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, and Assembly Republican Budget Officer Joe Malone for taking time from their busy schedules to continue their open and honest dialogue with New Jersey municipal officials. We also want to thank NJN’s ace Statehouse Correspondent, Jim Hooker, for keeping the session on track and moving forward.
We also want to thank all the local officials who came to share their questions, concerns, comments and perspectives on this most crucial State policy issue.
Regarding the Administration’s mid-June budget deadline, League Leadership believes that it is more important to get the budget done right, than it is to get the budget done early. League Leadership has decided to continue to push for full restoration of the slated $189 million municipal property tax relief funding cuts. The roughly $15 million shift, from one group of property taxpayers to another, falls short of the promise for significant, sustainable and reliable property tax relief funding, that was made just last year, by the Legislature’s Special Session. Only full restoration of the $189 million in municipal property tax relief, slated to be cut in the Governor’s original proposed budget, would allow local budget makers to consolidate the gains made possible by last year’s modest increase. And that would provide a further boost to citizen confidence in New Jersey’s commitment to meaningful and sustainable property tax relief.
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For further information contact: William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director at (609)695-3481, extension 122 or cell (609) 915-9072.
Local officials protest state cuts to cities and towns - Star Ledger, May 20, 2008