Archive for Tag: property taxes

Foreclosure spike underscores N.J.’s unaffordability, say Auth and Sawyer

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s second-highest-in-the-nation foreclosure rate for the most recent quarter is alarming but not surprising, say Assemblyman Robert Auth and Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer. Both lawmakers have their finger to the pulse of the housing market as Realtors and say a recent foreclosure report highlights New Jersey’s...

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How true is Murphy’s claim that additional school aid provides property tax relief? It’s disingenuous, GOP lawmaker reveals

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger challenged Gov. Phil Murphy’s claim that every dollar in additional state aid goes to property tax relief at a legislative budget hearing with acting education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan on April 11.  WATCH: Data doesn’t backup Murphy’s property-tax claims on school funding “Governor Murphy...

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Structural deficit and affordability problems persist in proposed budget say GOP leaders

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio and Assemblyman Hal Wirths said New Jersey’s lagging unemployment rate, business closures, increased spending and lack of sustainable property tax relief contest Gov. Phil Murphy’s feel-good talking points in his budget message he delivered on Tuesday. Murphy’s proposed fiscal year 2023...

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Upcoming budget address predictable, says Wirths

TRENTON, N.J. – The unprecedented two-week delay Gov. Phil Murphy requested to deliver his budget message won’t change the result much according to Assemblyman Hal Wirths, the Assembly Republican budget officer. “Murphy will possibly announce three or four billion dollars in unexpected revenue because he and the Democrats have...

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Webber’s property tax relief bill advances in Legislature

TRENTON, N.J. – A property tax reduction bill that Assemblyman Jay Webber first authored with then-Assemblyman Troy Singleton in 2012 cleared another legislative hurdle on Thursday when the Senate passed it unanimously. The bill (S330/A1012) directs energy tax receipts back to municipalities for the exclusive purpose of providing direct...

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DiMaio on Murphy’s ANCHOR program

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy announced a new property tax relief program this morning that would replace the homestead benefit program.  Assemblyman John DiMaio responded that state programs haven’t stopped property taxes from increasing. “The root causes of higher property taxes continue to be unaddressed,” said DiMaio (R-Warren), the...

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GOP lawmakers push property tax relief bill passed by Senate committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblymen Jay Webber and John DiMaio are pushing to advance their bill directing energy tax receipts back to municipalities for the purposes of property tax relief. Heeding New Jersey residents’ affordability concerns, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee unanimously cleared a companion measure (S330/A1012) in...

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New grant program supports school districts that study regionalization

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill reimbursing school districts for conducting regionalization feasibility studies was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday. The legislation (A5537/S3488) offers incentives for districts to consolidate and removes legal barriers in an effort to improve educational quality and efficiency. “New Jersey...

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Republican Leader DiMaio pushes for affordability, property tax relief at General Assembly reorganization

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman John DiMaio, who took the oath of office as the minority party’s new leader, challenged returning and new Assembly members to enact meaningful property tax reform at the ceremony to mark the 220th legislative session at the Trenton War Memorial on Tuesday.  WATCH: DiMaio...

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Bergen pushes for proportional property tax exemption for disabled veterans

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brian Bergen testified before the state Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on Monday in support of his legislation giving service-disabled veterans a property tax discount that matches their military disability rating.  WATCH: Bergen pushes for proportional property tax exemption for disabled veterans“This is...

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