TAX REFORM BILLS MOVE THROUGH ASSEMBLY PANEL

120px-Seal_of_New_Jersey_svgA group of tax reform bills to attack unfunded state mandates that drive up property taxes were released Monday by an Assembly panel. The bills would:

– Allow more groups to file complaints against unfunded state mandates (A-3204).

– Give municipalities discretion in implementing Municipal Court security plans (A-3268) .

– Allow public record custodians to require a 50 percent or other deposit when a request for reproducing records exceeds $15, to help cover costs when requested documents aren’t retrieved (A-3270).

– Save municipalities money by revising master plan re-examination requirements (A-3272).

Currently, only individual municipalities can lodge challenges. The bill would allow the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Association of Counties, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the New Jersey Association of Fire Districts and groups representing police and fire chiefs and emergency services workers to file a complaint with the Council on Local Mandates concerning a potential unfunded mandate.

Another bill (A-3272) modifies the Municipal Land Use Law to provide that municipalities need to complete the reexamination of the municipal master plan only every ten years. The legislation would also provide a procedure for built-out municipalities to waive the general reexamination process.

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