The governor's somber message

Gov. Chris Christie met with a few hundred municipal officials at Drumthwackett today and his message according to one participant was not a good one.

“It was a little frightening,” said Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty.

The scary part was that the governor said tax revenues for the year are lower than anticipated. Among other things, that means continued reductions in state aid to towns and school districts are likely next year. About $1.2 billion combined was cut in aid this year.

Dougherty said the governor talked about the significance of the Legislature enacting his so-called tool kit _ a package of 33 bills designed to give local government the “tools” to hold down property taxes. By law, towns and school districts can not increase property taxes next year by more than 2 percent.

In fact, Dougherty said the governor spoke of the coming cap as a freight train. Unless towns are able to prepare for it, they’re going to get run over.

Action on the tool kit package of bills has stalled in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

6 Responses to The governor's somber message

  1. morristown republican says:

    KoMayor Dougherty was not in favor of the cap, so now that he is faced with living under it, he must decide if he will stand up for Morristown or tolerate.the Democrats in Trenton who are actively seeking to block the very reforms necessary to control the spending and taxed that are killing our state and our towns.

  2. Ed France says:

    A cap should have been put in place about 25 years ago. In many New Jersey towns many public employees are making six fiqure salaries,getting tons of benifits and perks,generous days off,hoilday pay,clothing allowence,early retirement payouts,overtime(paid out at time and a half,etc),use of gas .cars and trucks, etc. They killed the golden goose.
    Did the elected officials not know that all of these things cost the taxpayers money?
    We need to keep our roads safe. We need the police when these is a need. The garbage has to be picked up. But the cost of some of these services has to be brought in line with the private sector. If many companies were run the way many of these towns have been run,they would have gone out of business!
    We have to do more with less. Maybe the message is getting around now. 25 years later.
    Why is the mayor from Morristown shocked? He has been in local politics a long time. How did he not see this comimg? I assume he and many of his cohorts tried to keep these things hidden for as long as they could. For years at budget time they would sell of some land,raise taxes and tell us how good things were. Seems like they left some things out. Well the waiter is here and the bill is due.

  3. Ted Doty says:

    I’m not sure what Dougherty is trying to say. Regardless of political differences, tax revenues are down and tax increases are limited to 2%. Tim needs to sharpen his pencil instead of bitching about economic realities.

  4. Ken Bank says:

    Things are looking tough for the Governor. He may have to lay off that tweeter he hired for $60,000.

  5. Kevin Nedd says:

    When is the Governor going to deliver on his campaign promise of LOWERING property taxes? Enough of the excuses.

  6. P says:

    When is Obama going to deliver on his promise of Closing Guantanamo? Enough of the excuses!

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