POU: CHRISTIE BUDGET MEANS PROPERTY TAX HIKES EVEN UNDER WAGE FREEZES

(TRENTON) — Assembly Appropriations Chairwoman Nellie Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen) released the following statement on Monday after the Assembly Budget Committee heard from the Department of Education:

“Voters worried about increased property taxes made their voices clear last week, but under Gov. Christie’s budget plan, the unfortunate reality is property tax hikes are still coming their way.

“For all the talk about wage freezes, the bottom line is this: the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services finds that even if every school took a wage freeze, they would still come up $850 million short because of Gov. Christie’s education aid cuts.

“Wage freezes certainly are reasonable and prevent tax increases from getting larger, but everyone should make clear that wage freezes aren’t going to stop sharp property tax hikes that target senior citizens and the middle-class.”

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