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N.J. municipalities would share under $1.5 billion in state aid in Christie's proposed 2012-13 budget

NJDollars030911_optSame amount they received for 2011-12

BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey cities and towns would share $1,466,700,000 in state aid in the proposed 2012-13 state budget to try to hold down property taxes, the same amount they received in the current budget.

“No town in the state will see a decrease in formula municipal aid for the upcoming year,” Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday. “This stable funding – coupled with such reforms as the 2 percent property tax cap, pension and health benefit reform and a 2 percent cap on interest arbitration awards – is driving down the cost of local government and controlling the property tax problem.

“These steps are having a real impact in delivering budget relief to municipalities and finally bringing the property tax problem under control for our families,” the governor said. “We still have further to go and I urge the legislature to continue working with me to act on reforms that will have a real impact – including ending payouts for unused sick days, promoting shared services and consolidation and enacting civil service reform and the remaining tool kit items that have been stalled.”

Newark, for example, will again receive $91.2 million. Jersey City will get $63.8 million, Camden $46.5 million, Trenton $44.1 million, Paterson $32.9 million, Elizabeth $29.1 million, Woodbridge $23.2 million, New Brunswick $13.5 million, Lacey $11.2 million, Asbury Park $7.4 million, Upper Township $6.3 million, Atlantic City $6.2 million, Bridgewater $5.9 million, Burlington City $5.4 million, Pennsville $5.2 million, Bridgeton $4.4 million, Parsippany-Troy Hills $4.5 million, Hackensack $4.2 million, Monroe (Gloucester) $4 million, Blairstown $2.9 million, Holland $2.7 million, and Vernon $2.2 million.

Christie said that in 2011, New Jersey had the lowest property tax growth in 20 years.

“Just as we are continuing to advance reforms to deliver sustainable, long-term property tax relief, we urge local governments to continue finding ways to operate more efficiently and reduce costs through the implementation of Best Practices,” Christie said.

“Over the last two years, this administration has proven that it is possible to work with municipalities to affect real change on how taxpayer dollars are spent by using Best Practices,” state Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constable said. “We will continue to work with local governments in their efforts to maintain fiscal constraint while funding key programs and services.”

The proposed budget funds the state Transitional Aid to Localities Program at $113.7 million, a total the governor said reflects his commitment to keeping the discretionary aid as a temporary program for financially-struggling municipalities that are transitioning to self-sufficiency. In the program’s first year in 2010-11, 22 cities and towns received aid. That number dropped to 11 in the current fiscal year. It is anticipated that about 10 municipalities will receive the aid in 2012-13. The aid will be based on aid applications submitted to the DCA.

The municipal state aid figures are available at:

www.state.nj.us/dca/lgs/muniaid/12_aid/11-13_st_aid_cert.xls

 

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