The first meeting was held 8/806 joint legislative committee on consolidation and civil services. Committee Co-Chair Senator Robert Smith said that the "rules of the house led to the fact that New Jersey has the highest tax burden in any US state." However, he said that they have no one silver bullet to solve the excessive tax burden on New Jersey. Nevertheless, the committee charged with developing a plan of legislative action, to be submitted to the law.
Senator Smith believes that New Jersey should be referred to States that rely on regional school districts, and not on the local administration of New Jersey, which has created more school districts than cities. He called it the most inefficient system in the country. In the article the press service of "Asbury Park Press" August 9, entitled "Exchange services can not pay," the representative of the Association of New Jersey School Boards, said that the law provides that when school districts about the & # 39; together, union contract more County should be the one used – – even if its earnings are more generous, and thus more expensive for taxpayers.
Certificate before the committee reported that the state has 1389 different entities that can levy property taxes, including schools and schools of the municipalities. What struck me after listening to the testimony the committee to consolidate the history of New Jersey, is a clumsy, fragmented local parochial measures that dragged the country into its present laws and practices regulating consolidation.
Ultimately, I believe that the lack of political courage, legislators understand that the forced consolidation will likely cause them to lose their jobs. This is especially true when the state uses the regimental approach and makes consolidation, that at best "with the times" to save only 10% to 20% of the costs, and therefore lowers property taxes by the same amount. What's even worse is that the consolidation in some cases, may result in more expensive!
I look forward to the start of the debate on what the local public services are important functions of local government, and at what cost. Further, if they do not belong to the level of municipal government, what the government should fund them? I think that New Jersey will move certain functions of local government and schools to a higher level of management in the state and set the appropriate level of costs and services. School districts are consolidated at the county level, the prosecution, the county jail, heads of district schools have moved to the state level. But this is a very complex task to a legislative committee went into law a plan of action up to 15 November 2006.
Why do residents of New Jersey held the concept of home rule? It is because they like their local school teachers and directors they know. They like to know the people who serve on local planning and zoning areas, they like their local recreation programs and fear that consolidation may be transferred to some other area, if local control is lost. Some residents of the small towns have made a report to the local public works staff to their first uzgarali road … that her husband could come to work in the northern shift. Others, such as the patrol car, which comes just a day, or the fact that the local police first comes when there is a need to call an ambulance.
It objects that create the character of a society that people want to keep. I believe that people in general do not care who or business administrator who is the assessor, which is engaged in tax collection office (but does not allow to drive to the county to pay our quarterly property tax). I do not believe that people do care whether their city public service. I would venture to guess that most people do not even know in what departments in their city are civil service rules. The rules of the house has its own advantages, but how many will pay the taxpayers, frowning house rules. At some point, forced consolidation is not of & # 39 is a compulsion, if the will of the people said Senator Smith Committee. Reached the tax burden on owners of residential homes in New Jersey break point, so that the legislators of New Jersey and the governor would prefer an approach to mandatory consolidation?
Basically, taxpayers want services that they can afford, levels of service, which will support the character of their cities that support the value inherent in their homes, and in most cases with the & # 39 is their largest source of wealth. People also want their services delivered the most cost-effective manner. Senator Smith said that the decline in the average property tax New Jersey homeowners to the country level will be a very serious & # 39; oznym answer.
Tom Hester in "Asbury Park Press" dated 03/07/06, entitled "Some people in New Jersey can be a big loser," said the study at Rutgers University in 2003 showed that a reduction in the school districts of New Jersey at 616 twice will allow save 365 million dollars after four years of little to reduce the $ 20 billion that are collected annually in tax on real estate in New Jersey. Hester went on to stop, that this year the state has allocated $ 600 million to reduce property taxes, but it will have to cut property taxes by 6 billion dollars to move a national property tax for the average home owner.
Senator Joseph Kirylas Jr. said at the committee meeting that in New Jersey over the past five years, 50,000 people were added to the payroll of the Government, while 120,000 jobs were lost. I think his point is that you should be careful in trying to get more taxes from the business community. Others at the meeting of the committee noted that property taxes in New Jersey over the past five years have grown three times faster than personal income in New Jersey.
Identity at the hearing committee of administrators in the first-line consolidation of local authorities claim that consolidation is not of & # 39 is a panacea for New Jersey over the taxable property. These administrators have said that after 30 years of trying various consolidation laws consolidation – it's just a finger in the dam. Further evidence at the hearing reported that New Zealand survived the shock and the government reached a 20 per cent reduction of local government employees and reduced their over 600 government units to 80. Apparently, in New Zealand a lesson – to go after the big bucks. If the consolidation is done only on the edge, it will be not only a sand castle – a lot of work will be canceled in an instant, followed by a wave of increase in property tax.