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Thursday, April 17, 2008
Trenton, NJ

MAYORS AND LEGISLATORS REDEDICATED TO
PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

Mayors and Sate Legislators from around the State joined League of Municipalities’ President, Mayor Bob Bowser of East Orange, today in Trenton, in an effort to draw attention to the effects of the proposed State budget on property taxes.

 

According to Mayor Bowser, “Last year’s State budget, with a modest 2% increase in CMPTRA funding, made property tax relief a major priority. This budget, with its drastic $189 million municipal property tax relief funding cuts does not. The magnitude and timing of these cuts has pulled the rug out from under municipal budget-makers all around the State. If State policy-makers don’t like the statutory formulas that represent State policies, we are willing to discuss reforms. But in the interim, for this year, for the sake of New Jersey’s long-suffering property taxpayers, we must continue to fight for meaningful, predictable and dependable property tax relief funding. And that means restoration of the full $189 million.”

“We are pleased to hear that the Governor is reconsidering these cuts,” said League First Vice-President, Mayor Tim McDonough of Hope. “We understand that current distribution formulas, many of which have been around for years, might not best represent current State policy priorities. They are, however, State laws. If we mean to change the formulas, then we ought to amend the laws. The League of Municipalities stands ready to work with anyone seriously interested in meaningful, predictable and sustainable property tax relief. But any new formulas need to be in place BEFORE local policy makers begin to plan for an upcoming budget year.”

        

State Senator Brian Stack and Assemblymen John Burzichelli and John McKeon joined a bi-partisan group of over a dozen mayors from all around the State. Municipalities of every size and description have united under the banner of the League of Municipalities to say that only a restoration of the $189 million in municipal property tax relief, slated to be cut in the Governor’s proposed budget, would allow local budget makers to consolidate the gains made possible by the promise of increased education aid. 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.


 

League of Municipalities
Press Conference On
Restitution of $189 Million Municipal Budget Cuts
Thursday, April 17, 2008
1:00 – 2:30
Room 109, State House, Trenton

Purpose

For the sake of New Jersey’s long-suffering property taxpayers, we will continue to fight for meaningful, predictable and dependable property tax relief funding. And, for this year, that means restoration of the full $189 million in municipal funding, which is slated to be cut in the Governor’s proposed budget.

In Attendance

Mayor Robert Bowser, East Orange, League President
Mayor Timothy McDonough, Hope, League 1st Vice President
Committeewoman Louise Wilson, Montgomery, League 3rd Vice President
Mayor Brian Stack, Union City, Senator, District 33
Mayor John Burzichelli, Paulsboro, Assemblyman, District 3
Mayor John McKeon, West Orange, Assemblyman, District 27
Mayor Nancy Martin, Helmetta
Mayor Douglas Palmer, Trenton, President, US Conference of Mayors
Mayor Randy Brown, Evesham, Member, League Executive Board
Mayor Wayne Smith, Irvington, President, Urban Mayors Association
Mayor Anthony LaMantia, Jamesburg
Mayor Gary Passanante, Somerdale, Chair, League Tax Reform Committee, Member,
League Executive Board
Mayor William Corby, West Amwell
Mayor Ed Zimmerman, Rocky Hill
Deputy Mayor Dan Coranoto, Hampton, Member, League Executive Board
Mayor Don Asay, Mannington, Member, League Executive Board
Mayor Cindy Rau-Hatton, Gloucester Township
Councilwoman Shelby Lovett, Gloucester Township
Mayor Ed Campbell, Gibbsboro
Mayor Richard Renzulli, Eastampton
Mayor Michael Fressola, Manchester, Member, League Executive Board
Mayor Janice Mironov, East Windsor, Member, League Executive Board
Councilwoman Nancy Pinkin, East Windsor

 

 

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