Christie Hopes For Progress On Property Tax Reform

TRENTON, NJ (WCBS 880 / AP) – After calling Monday’s meeting “productive,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he hopes today’s scheduled meeting with legislative leaders will bring them closer to property tax reform.


WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

Christie says he plans to meet today with Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver on working out a plan to pass reform measures so that next year’s two percent cap on property tax increases will work.

Christie signed legislation over the summer that takes effect Jan. 1 that would cap local spending and property tax growth at 2 percent a year.

The new law was designed to slow the rate of property tax increases in a state where the average household is assessed nearly $7,300 a year, the highest in the country.

“My goal remains exactly the same as it’s always been, which is finally take steps to give mayors, councilpeople, freeholders, school board members the tools they need to control property taxes,” said Christie.

He described Monday’s meeting as positive, but Christie says he won’t stand for watered down reform.

Christie says that is “because that gives false hope to people. We’re not in the business of giving false hope.”

Christie also hosts his 16th town hall in his hometown of Livingston Wednesday to talk about proposals to help New Jersey towns control property taxes.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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