Mayors want NJ budget cuts restored

(AP) - A lobbying group representing New Jerseymayors says Gov. Chris Christie's budget cuts will hurt localefforts to stabilize property taxes.The League of Municipalities says

TRENTON - (AP) - A lobbying group representing New Jerseymayors says Gov. Chris Christie's budget cuts will hurt localefforts to stabilize property taxes.

The League of Municipalities says cuts totaling $240 millionwill adversely impact the ability of municipalities to providemuch-needed property tax relief in their towns.

New Jersey's property taxes are the highest in the country,averaging $7,576 per household last year. So Bill Dressel, theleague's executive director, has urged the Legislature to try toreverse some cuts.

Christie slashed all but $10 million from a $149 million aidprogram for cities and towns facing extraordinary circumstances. Healso eliminated a $50 million public safety program formunicipalities experiencing crime spikes that Democrats had putinto their alternate budget.

In all, Christie cut $900 million from the Democrats' plan.

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