Action Needed Now to Prevent Property Tax Explosion
Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said that New Jersey residents and property taxpayers will start to see the effects of a depleted Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) as transportation projects statewide grind to a halt, and local road and bridge repair and maintenance begin to fall on municipal and county governments.
Without the passage of a TTF reauthorization and funding solution, Governor Christie issued Executive Order 210 yesterday requiring plans for an orderly shutdown of TTF projects to be prepared by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016.
“The Governor’s executive order shows that the possibility of work on roads and bridges stopping without a new TTF plan is not merely hypothetical,” said Oroho. “It’s happening now.”
As a result, Oroho noted that the costs to complete local transportation projects would now become the responsibility of municipalities and counties.
Oroho pointed out that monies in the TTF are supported in part by out-of-state drivers through the state gas tax whereas the burden to fund local road repairs absent an appropriate TTF fix would condemn the full cost solely on New Jersey property taxpayers.
Since transportation capital projects are not included in the two-percent property tax cap, bearing the full burden of critical infrastructure improvements would lead to steep property tax increases.
The New Jersey State League of Municipalities and the New Jersey Association of Counties released a statement today highlighting the need for a TTF solution.
“I’ve long warned that the failure to responsibly refund the TTF would lead to a property tax explosion,” added Oroho. “It’s critical that legislators and the governor work to come up with a sustainable plan to prevent property taxes from skyrocketing, and keep our transportation infrastructure sound.”