April 10, 2012
RE: Energy Tax Receipts Restoration Effort Continues
A number of things have occurred since our last letter on this topic on March 22 (http://www.njslom.org/letters/2012-0322-energy-tax.html).
The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senator Paul Sarlo, who also serves as Mayor of Wood-Ridge, has scheduled a Mayors Roundtable on Tuesday, April 17, at 10:00 A.M. The Roundtable will discuss the upcoming State Budget and its impact on municipalities.
We do not yet know which mayors will be invited to participate at the Roundtable, which will precede an appearance before the Committee by Department of Community Affairs Acting Commissioner Richard Constable.
Just prior to the Committee’s Mayors Roundtable, we have scheduled a Press Conference at the State House, to publicize our effort to convince the Legislature to restore more Energy Tax Receipts to municipalities.
We invite you to join us:
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Room 103 (Across from the Senate Chambers)
To let us know if you can attend this event, please contact Becky Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 28, Mayors Adam Schneider of Long Brach and Anthony Fiore of Middletown participated in an Editorial Board meeting with the Asbury Park Press. On April 4, Mayor Toni Ricigliano had a meeting with the Editorial Board of the Home News and Tribune newspapers. On Monday, April 9, an op-ed by League Immediate Past President Chuck Chiarello appeared in the Atlantic City Press. It is posted on our website at: http://www.njslom.org/letters/2012-0409-stop-skimming.html
In addition, on Sunday the Bergen Record ran an article, “State, towns in tug of war over energy tax”, which is available at http://www.northjersey.com/news/environment/State_towns_in_tug_of_war_over_energy_tax.html?c=y&page=1
We know that other Mayors are working on making contact with other major newspapers and we will continue to report of these when they appear in the papers. Please continue to make contact with the media in your county and or region and email us copies of your editorials or news stories so we can distribute to members and post on our home page. Again thanks for all of your fine efforts and support of this crucial campaign.
Also, if you have not yet done so, we urge you to consider adopting a Resolution in support of this effort. You can access a sample at our Energy Tax Restoration Resource Center at http://www.njslom.org/energy-tax-resource-center.html.
We hope to see all of you at our April 17 press conference in Trenton.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.