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June 29, 2012

SENATE APPROVES A-2921
MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF RESTORATION GOES TO GOVERNOR

Dear Mayor:

Yesterday in Trenton, the State Senate approved A-2921 (which was substituted for its companion, S-1900) by a vote of 30-9. (A copy of the voting record is attached. Please thank all State Senators who supported their Mayors and voted ‘YES’ on this matter.)

As you know, A-2921/S-1900 will restore vital property tax relief funding to local budgets. Previously approved by the Assembly, this initiative now goes to the Governor.

League First Vice President, East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov said, “Thanks to the efforts of local officials all around New Jersey, and the State officials who recognize and appreciate their service, we are one giant leap closer to the restoration of vital municipal property tax funding.” Mayor Mironov, who has guided the League’s efforts on this issue, noted, “The sponsors and supporters of these bills acknowledge that the restoration of these resources will allow Mayors to provide their citizens with real property tax relief this year.”

In State Fiscal Year 2009, combined Energy Tax and CMPTRA funding was reduced by about $26 million. In State Fiscal Year 2010, the net loss equaled about $32 million. In State Fiscal Year 2011, the State used over $271 million of these, supposedly ‘dedicated,’ local property tax relief dollars for other purposes.

The result of those cuts was increased property taxes, increased local budget stress, deferred investments, staffing cuts and service cuts. A-2921/S-1900 ensures that each municipality in the State will be restored to the 2007 (SFY 2008) Energy Tax Receipts and Consolidated Municipal Property Tax Relief Aid level, over 5 years.

“Support for the bills comes from Mayors from all around New Jersey,” said League of Municipalities President and Mount Arlington Mayor Art Ondish. “North, South and Central Jersey - Republicans, Democrats and Independents – from cities, suburbs and rural communities – all lost property tax relief revenue in SFY 2009, 2010 and 2011. And all would gain property tax relief resources from A-2921/S-1900.”

On behalf of Mayors all around our Garden State, and on behalf of the citizens they serve, we have urged Governor Christie to approve A-2921. We have also offered to meet with the Governor or his staff to address any questions or concerns they may have with the bill.

WE URGE ALL MAYORS TO CONTACT THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND, RESPECTFULLY, URGE HIM TO ENDORSE THE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF MEASURE.

URGE GOVERNOR CHRISTIE TO APPROVE A-2921.

Thank to all contacted their legislators, wrote letters of support, passed resolutions, spoke to the media and constituents, participated in editorial board meetings and press events and testified in support of this vital property tax relief restoration effort. We are just one valuable autograph away from providing New Jersey citizens with relief this year.

We again remind you that for more information and a link to our latest Talking Points, you should visit our Restoration Resource Center at http://www.njslom.org/energy-tax-resource-center.html. If you have any questions, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121 or jmoran@njslom.com

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

Bill

A-2921 of 2012-2013

Sponsors

Singleton (D7); Burzichelli (D3); Schaer (D36) +21

Summary

Increases distributions to municipalities from Energy Tax Receipts Property Tax Relief Fund over five years to restore aid reductions; extends "poison pill" protection to total formula aid provided to each municipality.

House

Date

Seq.

Yes

No

N/V

Abs

Action

Motion By

 

 

Senate

06/28/2012

327

30

9

1

0

3rd Reading/Final

Sarlo (D36)

 

 

-

Addiego (R8)

Y

Greenstein (D14)

Y

Sarlo (D36)

Y

Allen (R7)

Y

Holzapfel (R10)

Y

Scutari (D22)

Y

Bateman (R16)

N

Kean (R21)

Y

Singer (R30)

Y

Beach (D6)

N

Kyrillos (R13)

Y

Smith, B (D17)

N

Beck (R11)

Y

Lesniak (D20)

Y

Stack (D33)

N

Bucco (R25)

Y

Madden (D4)

Y

Sweeney (D3)

Y

Buono (D18)

Y

Norcross (D5)

N

Thompson (R12)

N

Cardinale (R39)

N

O'Toole (R40)

Y

Turner (D15)

Y

Codey (D27)

N

Oroho (R24)

Y

Van Drew (D1)

Y

Connors, C (R9)

N

Pennacchio (R26)

Y

Vitale (D19)

Y

Cunningham (D31)

Y

Pou (D35)

Y

Weinberg (D37)

Y

Doherty (R23)

Y

Rice (D28)

Y

Whelan (D2)

Y

Gill (D34)

Y

Ruiz (D29)

 

Y

Gordon (D38)

Y

Sacco (D32)

 

 

 

 

 

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