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April 17, 2008

Re:      Relief Restoration Press Conference

Dear Mayor:

Mayors from around the State joined League 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 on funding reform. But any new formulas need to be in place BEFORE local policy makers begin to plan for an upcoming budget year.”

Assemblymen John Burzichelli, Mayor of Paulsboro and a Member of the Assembly Budget Committee, 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.

Others at the Press Conference included Committeewoman Louise Wilson, Montgomery, League 3rd Vice President, 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 and East Brunswick Councilwoman Nancy Pinkin.

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More details will soon be available on our website at www.njslom.com.

Thanks to all of you who continue to contact the Governor’s office and your local legislators in support of full restoration of the relief funding.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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