Say Democrats’ Redistribution Scheme Would Hurt Local Schools, Drive Up Property Taxes
Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe, and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (all R-Ocean) urged Governor Phil Murphy to veto a plan by legislative Democrats to redistribute $42.5 million of State school aid from Brick, Toms River, Manchester, and Lakehurst to the rest of the state.
Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin urged Gov. Phil Murphy to veto a plan by legislative Democrats that would drive up local propety taxes by cutting $42.5 million of State school aid from Brick, Toms River, Manchester, and Lakehurst. (Pixabay)
“The plan approved by Democrats in the Legislature to cut $42.5 million in State aid from our school districts will decimate the quality of education in our classrooms and result in massive property tax increases,” said Holzapfel. “Governor Murphy should do the right thing and veto this patently unfair legislation.”
Click here to video of Senator Holzapfel discussing the impact of the legislation following the vote.
When the Democrats’ legislation (S-2/A-2) is fully phased in, the four largest school districts in the 10th Legislative District would all lose substantial funding.
- Brick would lose $22.5 million in State school aid, a reduction of 63.7 percent
- Lakehurst would lose $920,000 in State school aid, a reduction of 15.3 percent
- Manchester would lost $582,000 in State school aid, a reduction of 10.7 percent
- Toms River would lose $18.6 million in State school aid, a reduction of 27.7 percent
The losses represent annual reductions to the State aid distributed from the New Jersey Property Tax Relief Fund to local school districts to help reduce property tax bills.
“These massive reductions to our State aid represent a direct assault on property taxpayers,” said Wolfe. “Our residents pay into the Property Tax Relief Fund through the New Jersey income taxes they pay, with the expectation they’ll get it back in State school aid to their offset property tax bills. This effort by Democrats to redistribute our aid to their school districts is theft pure and simple.”
McGuckin warned that the legislation will drive property taxes higher as school districts are forced to compensate for the diversion of local aid, if the measure is not vetoed by the Governor.
“In addition to slashing our school aid by more than $42 million, we’ve calculated that the Trenton Democrats’ plan calls for school taxes to rise by $754 in Brick and by $918 in Toms River,” added McGuckin. “I urge every resident who believes they already pay enough in property taxes to call the Governor’s Office and demand that he veto S-2.”
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