Capping and Controlling Property Taxes
- Senator Sweeney worked to enact the 2010 2% property tax cap, which is the most stringent cap ever enacted in New Jersey. This cap law limits the amount by which property taxes may be raised annually and also eliminates a number of exemptions that were allowed under the previous cap law.
- Senator Sweeney has pursued many innovative efforts toward shared services between municipalities as a means for alleviating the budgetary concerns experienced currently by many communities, including previously introducing legislation that would eliminate government inefficiencies by creating fiscal consequences for local government entities that refuse to enter into sharing agreements that could help their property taxpayers.
- Assemblyman Burzichelli sponsored legislation, now law, that adds the superintendent of elections to the list of county entities and officials that may be subject to the annual requirements set forth in a county’s administrative code. Some counties have promulgated their own administrative codes, which can outline regulations regarding governing structure, collective negotiations, budgeting controls and other things. Under current law, if a county has an administrative code, it must be adhered to by the county board of taxation, board of election, clerk, surrogate, jury commissioners and sheriff. This bill would add superintendent of elections to the list of entities that must abide by the administrative code, if the county has one.
- In an effort to provide cost savings to rate payers and to help put people to work on infrastructure, Assemblyman Burzichelli penned a law that would exempt payments for electric, gas, telecommunications, water and sewer utility services provided by companies under the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) from school district and local government bill certification process requirement required for payments with public money. The intent of the measure recognized that the billing procedures, service, and rates for public utility service are reviewed and regulated by the NJ Board of Public Utilities, and the additional certification requirement is redundant on school districts, local government units, and regulated public utilities. By providing this exemption, school districts and local government entities would not have to dedicate staff to this duplicative process.
- Assemblyman Burzichelli’s measure that would change the closing time for polls for school elections to 8:00 P.M., thus making that closing time consistent with the closing time for polls for the general and primary election, is now law.
- Senator Sweeney has led efforts to have a constitutional amendment placed on the ballot to stabilize the pension system, by requiring the State to make pension payments quarterly and in an amount that ensures its fiscal solvency for the future. Not only will this amendment hold the State accountable to its obligations to the public workers who have already contributed their share of the responsibility, but it will also benefit all New Jerseyans in the long run, saving taxpayers money by creating additional investment income and preventing further state credit downgrades.