To date, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee have held seven hearings, each, on the Governor’s proposed FY 2020 Budget. To date, in none of those 14 hearings has the topic of municipal property tax relief underfunding been discussed.
The Department of Community Affairs is scheduled to testify before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday, May 2, and before the Assembly Budget Committee on Monday, May 6. We hope to hear the matter mentioned at one or both of those hearings.
Please contact your State Legislators on this serious and chronic issue to indicate your concerns.
The League has sent a formal letter, spelling out our position on Governor Murphy’s proposed budget, to the Chairs of the Senate and Assembly budget committees. Copies of the letter were also sent to all Committee members. While noting areas of agreement, the letter highlights our continued opposition to the underfunding of general municipal property tax relief funding, which has yet to approach pre-2008 recession levels. You can read the full letter on our Town Crier blog.
In our letter, we requested meetings with the respective Committee Chairs, and with any interested Committee members. We are awaiting their responses.
Again, to date, there has been no discussion about the continued underfunding of general municipal property tax relief funding. For the tenth consecutive year, each municipality (excepting the eight municipalities that now receive, through CMPTRA, some of the same property tax relief that they formerly received through Transitional Aid) can expect the State to distribute the same Energy Tax and CMPTRA funding that was distributed in 2010, which was less than each municipality received in 2009, which was less than each received in 2008, which was, likewise, less general property tax relief than distributed in 2007.
After over a decade of this failure to honor their statutory promise to local taxpayers, the time has come for policymakers in Trenton to recognize the fact that there is a connection between property tax relief funding and property tax relief.
• Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481 x121.
• Michael F. Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, email@example.com, 609-695-3481 x120.