TRENTON - South Orange Assemblyman John McKeon (D-N.J.) says that costs like property taxes are inflated by state rules known as unfunded mandates.

Four bills passed through Assemblyman McKeon's committee Monday which would seek to cut the mandates. McKeon says that "This isn't going to be the magic bullet to lower property taxes, but it's going to be part of it."

Ed Burdzy, mayor of Holland Township, and a member of the state's First Aid Council, says mandates are crushing groups such as volunteer emergency workers, who operate on a shoestring budget.

The state's Administrative Office of the Courts spoke against a bill that would give local courts greater flexibility in how they provided security. It said it is worried it could compromise safety.

NJ Assembly panel takes up property tax reforms