Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) said that legislation (S-2855) permitting local governments to comply with legal notice publication requirements through postings on their own websites is long overdue and beneficial to property taxpayers.
Sen. Gerry Cardinale said that legislation permitting local governments to comply with legal notice publication requirements through postings on their own websites is long overdue and beneficial to property taxpayers. (SenateNJ.com)
Current law requires government agencies to pay for legal notices to be published in newspapers. Cardinale first introduced legislation that would allow for counties and municipalities to comply with notification requirements via free postings on their own websites in 2000.
“The press is reporting this legislation as some kind of retribution against the media by Governor Christie, but nothing could be farther from the truth,” said Cardinale. “I’ve been trying for more than 16 years to try to pass this bill that would save property taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. The press has been very effective at using their platform to strong-arm legislators into continuing this unnecessary and expensive corporate welfare. If any other industry received this kind of favoritism at property taxpayers’ expense, editorial page writers would be the first to call for reform.”
Cardinale’s original legislation was S-1580 of the 2000 to 2001 legislative session, introduced on September 21, 2000.
“When local governments started creating their own websites in the 1990s, it quickly became clear that paying for expensive newspaper placements was no longer necessary when public notices could be posted on their own sites for free,” added Cardinale. “Republicans and Democrats have introduced and talked about passing this common-sense legislation regardless of which party was in power for more than 15 years. Its time has come.”
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