TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – When it comes to merging towns to cut costs
and property taxes, state lawmakers may let voters in the
communities make the decision themselves.
The idea is among proposals considered by New Jersey legislators
debating how to cut the nation’s highest property taxes.
Lawmakers haven’t decided on the plan.
But after months of talking, they have begun debating actual
They’ve also rebuffed municipal officials who’ve argued such a
move wouldn’t seriously cut into taxes that average six thousand
dollars per homeowner, twice the national average.
Assemblyman John Wisniewski says municipal officials will have
to prove the state needs 566 municipalities, the most per square
mile in the nation.
Wisniewski is co-chairman of a panel considering whether the
state should reduce its local governments — combining services and
slicing taxes that pay for them.
The panel is one of four that have until November 15th to
recommend property tax changes.
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