Can cutting local budgets reduce property taxes?

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.

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1. Are property taxes a big problem for the people of New Jersey?
2. But what about all the money that the State gives to municipalities?
3. Why do New Jersey local governments need funding from the State?
4. Why do you call it “municipal property tax relief” and not “State aid”?
5. Can cutting local budgets reduce property taxes?
6. Can local governments hold down the costs of public services?
7. How can the State provide needed relief to local governments and, more importantly, to property taxpayers?