January 9, 2013
RE: Op-ed Supporting Direct Payment of Energy Tax Funding Posted
Returning Energy Tax Receipts to municipalities is my top legislative priority. Burdensome property taxes remain a top concern of New Jersey citizens, businesses and municipal officials. The single most important and immediate action that the State could take to address this matter would be to comply with the laws that require the distribution of municipal property tax relief funding.
Earlier today, I forwarded to newspapers all around the State an Op-ed piece to increase citizen awareness of this fact. The Op-ed, which we have posted on the League’s website at http://www.njslom.org/documents/energy-tax-op-ed.html, supports A-2753/S-1923, companion bills that would require certain energy tax receipts to be paid directly to municipalities, beginning in the State’s next fiscal year. (For details on the bill, see http://www.njslom.org/letters/2012-1206-A2753.html.) Please feel free to link this Op-ed piece to your municipal website.
Please contact your State Senator and your representatives in the General Assembly urging them to recognize this issue and to support our efforts to restore to towns, as a first step, approximately $331 million in reductions to CMPTRA and ETR Aid, which was eliminated due to State budget constraints in Fiscal Years 2009, 2010, and 2011.
The time has come to restore this property tax relief funding to our citizens. They have waited too long already.
Very truly yours,
Janice S. Mironov, President,
New Jersey State League of Municipalities,
Mayor, East Windsor Township