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 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.