The New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed legislation on Monday that allows school districts that have lost state funding for their budgets and are spending less annually than what the state considers adequate to raise property taxes above the 2% cap without voters’s consent. The 2% cap was the hallmark reform of the Christie administration. The cap busting legislation expires after the 2024-2025 school year.
The bill awaits Governor Phil Murphy’s signature before it becomes law. Murphy has indicated he is opposed to busting the property tax cap, preferring to raise income taxes on millionaires.
Of the legislators who represent parts of Monmouth County, only Senators Vin Gopal (D-11) and Sam Thompson (R-12) voted in favor of the bill.
Senator Thompson of the 12th legislative district was a Prime Sponsor of the bill which originated in the Senate. Senate President Steve Sweeney was the other Prime Sponsor in the Senate. Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, a Democrat from Jersey City, was the lone Prime Sponsor in the Assembly.
Here is how legislators who represent Monmouth County voted on busting the property tax cap:
11th Legislative District:
Senator Vin Gopal: Yes
Assemblywoman Joann Downey: No
Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling: No
The 11th legislative district includes Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Long Branch, Neptune, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls, West Long Branch
12th Legislative District:
Senator Sam Thompson: Yes
Assemblyman Ron Dancer: No
Assemblyman Rob Clifton: No
The 12th legislative district includes Allentown, Englishtown, Manalapan, Matawan, Millstone, Roosevelt and Upper Freehold in Monmouth County. The 12th also includes Old Bridge in Middlesex County, Jackson and Plumsted in Ocean County and the Burlington County towns of Chesterfield, New Hanover, North Hanover and Wrightstown.
13th Legislative District:
Senator Declan O’Scanlon: No
Assemblywoman Amy Handlin: Didn’t vote
Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso: No
30th Legislative District:
Senator Robert Singer: No
Assemblyman Sean Kean: No
Assemblyman Ned Thompson: No
The 30th legislative district includes Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Brielle, Farmingdale, Howell, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Wall in Monmouth County and Lakewood, Manasquan, Point Pleasant in Ocean County.