Friday, October 16th, 2015
At the Morris County governing board’s Oct. 14 meeting, the freeholders voted 7-0 to “strongly oppose’’ legislation pending in the state Senate and Assembly, which would raise the gas tax in a state with the second highest tax burden in the nation to fund state transportation infrastructure improvements.
“Any increase in motor fuels taxes in the current weak economy would present an already undue hardship on taxpayers and drive up the cost of delivery of various commodities, as well as the already high cost of doing business in the State of New Jersey,’’ stated the resolution.
“The State of New Jersey has a long history of raiding dedicated trust funds for other purposes, and there is no assurance that such revenues collected to support the transportation infrastructure would be secure from future raiding of this nature.’’
Instead of raising the motor fuel tax, “the legislature should reduce expenses by:acting on nearly 80 bills that have been introduced to reduce expenses and lighten the tax burden, including bills establishing a new formula for state aid to public schools based on enrollment (A-565), a bill to eliminate bonuses for unused sick pay for public employees (A-158), a bill to allow opt-out of civil service by local governments (A-159), a bill to direct non-dedicated portion of state realty transfer fee collections to municipal property tax relief (A-2333),’’ stated the resolution.