If Murphy Holds Municipal Aid Flat, Can Property Taxes Go Anywhere But Up?

New Jersey’s municipalities are being left out in the cold again by a state budget that seeks to freeze aid to towns at 2010 levels, leaving municipal officials with little choice but to increase property taxes to avoid cutting services. Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget recommends no increase in aid to communities, keeping the level of…

Posted: March 22nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “If Murphy Holds Municipal Aid Flat, Can Property Taxes Go Anywhere But Up?”

  1. Anyone surprised? said at 4:06 pm on March 22nd, 2018:

    The proverbial chickens have finally come home to roost. We have all been discussing for years, about the over- spending of our governments, at all levels: so many politicians promising far too much, for votes. People have come to be spoiled into thinking government can/ should do more and more for us. And, that the “golden pot of money in the sky” will pay for it.
    Look at all the places which have spent themselves into oblivion: now facing bankruptcy and default. I have felt for many years, that there are just too many units of government in NJ, that many towns need to be folded into larger units, and that we must stop hiring so many people, stop giving such huge raises and sicktime buyouts, and really stop the double and triple- dipping that has gone on here for far too long.
    There really has not been much sustained effort on the part of both parties here, to honestly address and stop the ongoing fraud, waste, and abuse that is rampant in NJ. Looks like we have become another living example of the famous postulate: “ the problem with socialism is, eventually you run out of other peoples’ money.” Dark clouds are certainly increasing on the horizon, for this state.

  2. Reality Check said at 7:08 pm on March 22nd, 2018:

    Funny how he found over $2 million to provide legal services but can’t give towns back more of their own money. Remember in November how the Democrats screwed the working people of NJ

  3. Reality Check said at 7:43 pm on March 22nd, 2018:

    Legal services to illegal aliens that is

  4. Problem is, said at 9:14 pm on March 22nd, 2018:

    it’s a Congressional, not legislative, year this year. We have the smallest percentage of Republicans in both houses right now,than in many decades ( tons of lost ground to make up,) and a state party pretty much in tatters, after the big guy wasted eight years, using it as his personal publicity machine. The new chair is trying to raise money, and recover, but my guess is neither the assembly minority or senate GOP leaders have much juice, or money in the coffers, either. Long road ahead. Plus, NJ seems to increasingly accept/ like? continually shooting ourselves in the foot, in order to just complain, while pretty much voting the same, and, for even more taxation. We will need to remember for many more Novembers if we are to ever make any inroads again.