Think tank critical of NJ Governor Christie’s tax cap

    A liberal-leaning think tank says Governor Chris Christie’s proposal for a 2.5 percent cap on property taxes in New Jersey will not make government more efficient.

    A liberal-leaning think tank says Governor Chris Christie’s proposal for a 2.5 percent cap on property taxes in New Jersey will not make government more efficient.

    Governor Christie is using Massachusetts as the model for a tax cap.

    But Iris Lav, a senior advisor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C., says the limit in that state has hurt communities.

    Lav:
    They face larger class sizes; loss of critical subjects such as gym and music and art; high fees for activities at school; deteriorating roads; poorly lit streets, and longer police and fire response times.

    Lav also says a property tax cap could prevent New Jersey school districts and municipalities from consolidating because they would be limited in the amount of money they could spend on shared facilities that could result in long term savings.

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