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Yes, and they are doing so. No municipal official wants to raise taxes. In addition to their commitment to their constituents, they are also motivated by an enlightened self-interest. See the rest of this answer on our definitions page.
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Yes. When we look at the statistics, the scope of the problem can be intimidating. Please review our full answer on our related page.
For well over 10 years now, however, it has been standard operating procedure to give our State’s struggling citizens less. Learn more on our related page.
Because the State establishes tax policy for all levels of government in New Jersey, and because the State has made itself the collection agent for many taxes that used to be locally assessed and collected. Learn more on our tax relief data page.
The lion’s share of the money that municipalities receive from the State is a replacement for funds that were originally collected by the municipalities and provided direct sources of municipal revenue. Learn more on our tax relief data page.
Yes. But there is a limit to what can be reduced. Police salaries and benefits often represent the biggest components of municipal budgets. These salaries are often set by arbitrators, pursuant to State Law. Review the other factors of this budgeting process.
Policy makers in Trenton need to recognize the fact that there is a connection between property tax relief funding and property tax relief. New Jersey local governments need significant, dependable, sustainable sources of revenue, other than property taxes. View more on this on our related page.