STATE POLICE FEES OPPOSED BY CDC AND PARTICIPATING TOWNS

CDC Board Resolution Opposing State Police Fees

JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE PROPOSED FEES FOR STATE POLICE SERVICES

ATTENTION TOWNSHIP AND BOROUGH RESIDENTS!!!

       Governor Corzine’s proposal to charge rural communities for NJ State Police coverage could cause a big increase in Deerfield Township property taxes in 2009 and future years!  Let the Governor and legislators know of your strong opposition to this proposal as soon as possible.

Mailing addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers are below for those you should contact.  If enough taxpayers contact their legislators and Governor expressing their strong opposition, we have a chance to make a difference and stop these local property tax increases from occurring in 2009! 

The Township Committee / Borough Council can not do this alone

We need your support!

SAMPLE LETTERS TO THE GOVERNOR

& STATE LEGISLATIVE LEADERS

OPPOSING STATE POLICE FEES

FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES

are available below or at one of the local Municipal Buildings

 Note: You may copy and paste the text below into your letter or email. Please send your emails and letters to the others on the list found below as well.  

Governor Jon Corzine

PO Box 001

Trenton, NJ 08625

Dear Governor Corzine:                                                                                

      I am writing to you to express my strong opposition to the State’s plans to charge rural communities for State Police coverage.  These proposals completely contradict the State’s position to reduce property taxes.  This proposal will cause a large increase my municipal property taxes now and in future years.  A State budget reduction is not property tax relief when the very appropriations that are cut are those intended to offset property taxes.

       If the State financial experts cannot reduce the 30 billion dollar budget by twelve million dollars, then officials should consider increasing surcharges on tickets issued by the State Police. This will raise new revenue to support State Police service in lieu of the Governor’s plan to require rural municipalities to increase local property taxes to pay for this service.  The State Police issue needs to be resolved through cutting State expenditures or increasing surcharges on fines instead of relying on regressive property taxes that impact those taxpayers that can least afford it!

                                                                                   Respectfully yours,

 

Senator Steve Sweeney and

Assemblymen John Burzichelli and Douglas Fisher

NJ Third District Legislative Office

Kingsway Commons, Suite 400 

935 Kings Highway

Thorofare, NJ  08086

 

Dear Senator Steve Sweeney 

          Assemblyman John Burzichelli

          Assemblyman Douglas Fisher                                                                                                                 

      I am writing to you to express my strong opposition to the State’s plans to charge rural communities for State Police coverage.  These proposals completely contradict the State’s position to reduce property taxes.  This proposal will cause a large increase in my municipal property taxes.  A State budget reduction is not property tax relief when the very appropriations that are cut are those intended to offset property taxes.

       If the State financial experts cannot reduce the 30 billion dollar budget by twelve million dollars, then officials should consider increasing surcharges on tickets issued by the State Police.  This will raise new revenue to support State Police service in lieu of the Governor’s plan to require rural municipalities to increase local property taxes to pay for this service.  The State Police issue needs to be resolved through cutting State expenditures or increasing surcharges on fines instead of relying on regressive property taxes that impact those taxpayers that can least afford it!

                                                                                   Respectfully yours,

 

LEADERS WHO SHOULD RECEIVE YOUR LETTERS / EMAILS / FAXES

Governor Jon Corzine

State House

PO Box 001

Trenton, NJ 08625-0001

(609) 292-6000   Fax: 609-292-3454

www.state.nj.us/governor

Richard J. Codey

Senate President

449 Mount Pleasant Avenue

West Orange, NJ 07052

(609) 292-5217

Email: SenCodey@njleg.org

 

Treasurer David Rousseau

Department of Treasury

PO Box 002

Trenton, NJ 08625-0002

(609) 292-6748

www.state.nj.us/treas/treasmail.shtml

Joseph J. Roberts, Jr.

Assembly Speaker

Brooklawn Shopping Plaza

Route 130 & Browning Road

Brooklawn, NJ 08030

(609) 292-7065

Email: AsmRoberts@njleg.org

 

Bradley Abelow

Chief-of-Staff

State House

PO Box 001

Trenton, NJ 08625-0001

(609) 777-2475

www.state.nj.us/governor

 

Senator Barbara Buono

Chair, Senate Budget

and Appropriations Committee

Two Lincoln Highway, Suite 401

Edison, NJ 08820

(732) 205-1372

Email: SenBuono@njleg.org

 

 NJ Third District Legislators

Senator Steve Sweeney
Assemblymen John Burzichelli

and Douglas Fisher
Kingsway Commons, Suite 400
935 Kings Highway
Thorofare, NJ 08086
 
Phone: 856-251-9801
Fax: 856-251-9752
Email: sensweeney@njleg.org 
asmfisher@njleg.org 
asmburzichelli@njleg.org 
 

Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald

Chairman, Assembly Budget Committee

1103 Laurel Oak Avenue

Suite 142

Voorhees, NJ 08043

(856) 435-1247

Email: AsmGreenwald@njleg.org

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF

THE CUMBERLAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION - #2008 - 05

 

A RESOLUTION STRONGLY OPPOSING FEES

ON RURAL MUNICIPALITIES FOR STATE POLICE SERVICE

AND ENDORSING PROPOSED BILLS S-1976/A-2982 THAT WOULD INCREASE MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATIONS SURCHARGES TO RAISE FUNDS

TO HELP PAY FOR LOCAL POLICE SERVICES

WHEREAS, Governor Corzine’s Fiscal Year 2009 budget reduced State Police funding  for municipalities, and

WHEREAS, the State Budget mandates collecting fees from rural municipalities who rely on the State Police for police services, and

WHEREAS, we believe these fees represent an unconstitutional “unfunded local mandate” and will force an increase in local property taxes, and

WHEREAS, State Police service for rural communities is a service that we believe is required to be provided by and paid for by the State based on the Act of the Legislature that created the State Police nearly 100 years ago for that specific purpose and which has been the established precedent throughout all these years, and

WHEREAS, the Mayors, governing body members and other elected and appointed officials in Cumberland County, including the Board of Directors of Cumberland Development Corporation (CDC), remain strongly opposed to the State charging any amount to the municipalities for rural State Police coverage since that was the purpose and function of State Police from its creation by the Legislature and remains so today, and

WHEREAS, many Mayors and other elected and appointed municipal officials, including representatives of Cumberland Development Corporation, have served on a Special Executive Committee of the NJ State League of Municipalities and have met with the Attorney General, State Police, State Treasury officials and representatives of the Governor’s office, expressing our opposition to these fees and offering an alternative to charging fees to rural municipalities and raising property taxes, and

WHEREAS, the proposed Bills S-1976 and A-2982 support the alternative suggested by the Special Executive Committee of the State League of Municipalities by authorizing a $40 surcharge to be added to all motor vehicle violations and directs that one-half of the amount collected be deposited in the “Rural Police Services Property Tax Relief Patrol Services Fund”, and

WHEREAS, the proposed Bill directs that the moneys in this fund, and any interest that might be earned, are to be used exclusively for the purpose of offsetting the State’s costs for providing State Police patrol services in the State’s smaller and more rural communities, and

WHEREAS, charging those who violate State laws, would provide funds in lieu of relying solely on New Jersey property taxpayers, is a sensible solution to address the problem, and

WHEREAS, Senate Bill No. 1976, sponsored by Senator Van Drew, and Assembly companion, A-2982 (Assemblyman Milam) would impose such a $40 surcharge on all motor vehicle violations for such purposes, and

WHEREAS, S-1976/A-2982 establishes two funds into which revenues from the surcharge will be divided equally between the “Rural Police Services Property Tax Relief Patrol Services Fund” and the “Police Services Property Tax Relief Fund”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of the Cumberland Development Corporation remains strongly opposed to charging rural municipalities any amount for State Police services.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of Cumberland Development Corporation does hereby endorse the sensible solution and appropriate surcharge rates as proposed in S-1976/A-2982 and supports the adoption thereof and urges the District Three Legislators, other Legislators throughout New Jersey, Governor Corzine, Cumberland County Board of Freeholders, the Governing Bodies of the rural Townships in Cumberland County and other elected officials and the public to support adoption of this legislation and to oppose imposition on any fees for State police coverage on the municipalities and the property tax payers.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to the Governor, Senators Van Drew and Sweeney, Assemblymen Milam, Albano, Fisher and Burzichelli, other members of the State Legislature, Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Mayors and Clerks of the rural Municipalities in Cumberland County and the New Jersey League of Municipalities.

Adopted at a meeting of the Cumberland Development Board of Directors held on July 28, 2008.

 

 

_____________________________________ 

Elmer Bowman, Chairman of the Board

 

 

_____________________________________

Anthony Stanzione, Executive Director