TRENTON - (AP) - A New Jersey Assembly panel is consideringlegislation to cut government red tape.

The Environment and Solid Waste Committee is considering fivebills Monday that would give cities and towns greater ability tocontrol their costs and therefore ease property taxes.

The bills tackle state-imposed requirements that municipalitieshave to pay for. One example: A 2006 mandate for security systemsfor local courts.

The proposals come after Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno signed an orderestablishing a permanent red tape review commission and Gov. ChrisChristie signed a law limiting property tax growth to 2 percent ayear.

New Jerseyans pay the highest property taxes in the country,averaging $7,300 per household.