Senators Sam Thompson, standing, and Vin Gopal, were the only Monmouth County legislators to vote in favor of busting the 2% property tax cap. Photo via NJ School Boards Association
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.
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Posted: December 18th, 2019 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: 2% Property tax cap, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Property Taxes | 5 Comments »
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon
TRENTON, N.J. – A month after releasing his report of the Arbitration Award Task Force that recommends permanently extending the cap, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) proposed a comprehensive plan to ensure the policies continue to keep property taxes from rapidly increasing. He released the following statement:
“If we’re going to be honest, as effective policy makers it’s incumbent upon us to do the hard work, master the facts and policy nuances before us, and present cogent proposals to the public and the legislature. This list of policy proposals is me doing my job.
“The inescapable logic of permanently tying the arbitration award cap to the property tax cap isn’t hard to grasp. It is fourth-grade math. Any candidate or legislator who claims he needs ‘more information’ or that ‘all the facts aren’t in’ is feigning, in most cases, stupidity to avoid responsibility. Parents try to teach their children to reject such self-demoralizing choices. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 31st, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey State Budget, Property Taxes | Tags: 2% Property tax cap, Arbitration Award Task Force, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Property Taxes, Police and Firemen Salaries, Property Taxes | Comments Off on O’Scanlon releases detailed plan to cap property tax hikes and save cops and firefighters jobs
Jersey City Police Officers were awarded a 2% pay increase by a state appointed arbitrator this week.
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, not the Democrat nominee for Governor, declared that the best interests of his city’s residents and taxpayers prevailed, according to Hudson County View.
The arbitrator’s decision will enable Mayor Fulop and the city council to keep their budget within the two-percent levy cap and hold the line on property taxes from substantially increasing.
“This is not a day where we say that we won, but rather that the best interest of the city, its residents and the taxpayers prevailed,” Fulop said in a statement reported by HCV.
“We have negotiated successfully with six of the city’s other unions to adopt measures that correct many of the outdated contract provisions and worked productively with the unions for the benefit of their members and the public. Unfortunately, the POBA chose a different route and an independent arbitrator was required.”
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today called on Fulop to join him in challenging Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to put legislation making the cap permanent up for vote in the Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Jersey City, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Property Taxes, Steve Fulop | Tags: 2% Property tax cap, Arbitration Award Task Force, Arbitration Reform, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Assembly, NJ Legislature, NJ Property Taxes, Property Tax Cap | Comments Off on O’Scanlon challenges Jersey City Mayor Fulop to pressure Speaker Prieto to extend Arbitration Cap