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Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman had the following published in The Times of Trenton :

“I recently cast a vote against the newly implemented 2 percent cap on annual property tax increases. It was something I thought long and hard about, but in the end, I knew this vote was the right thing to do, even though I was among only four people in the Assembly to vote this way and among seven people total in the Legislature to cast a vote against. That’s not because I like New Jersey’s property taxes and am opposed to change. It is, actually, the exact opposite.

“Like everyone else, I abhor property taxes and the damage they do to households throughout our communities. But I also couldn’t escape the fact that what we essentially were doing is capping property taxes that are already too high. What good is a 2 percent cap on property taxes that average nearly $7,300 per household?…”

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