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(4th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Assemblyman Paul Moriarty on Tuesday announced he’s introduced legislation to help control property taxes by barring county and local governments from giving longevity bonuses to public workers.

“It’s long past time for these breathing bonuses to come to an end,” said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). “Property taxpayers have had enough, and this is one of many steps we should take to keep local government costs under control.”

The bill (A-2936) is also sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli and Celeste Riley (D- Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). It would prohibit any county or local government – or agency and commission of county and local government – from granting to its employees any compensation that is based on the length of an employee’s service.

“Length of service is not a good enough reason to charge property taxpayers more money,” Moriarty said.

The bill wouldn’t affect the terms of any existing contract agreements, but once the bill takes effect, no contract could allow longevity pay.

“We’ve taken a lot of steps to control property taxes, but we have more work to do,” Moriarty said. “I’ve introduced legislation to curtail public workers pensions and benefits, limit property tax increases to 2.5 percent and control spending. This is another piece of that puzzle.”

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