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Dressel Urges Mayors to Lobby Legislators for Budget Fairness
Proposed State Budget places burden on local governments, says League of Municipalities chief.

Bill Dressel, Executive Director, New Jersey League of Municipalities, said that he was "blindsided" by elements of Gov. Corzine's proposed state budget. At the regular meeting of the Ocean County Mayors' Association on April 8, Dressel said that Trenton was contradicting itself. On one hand the state claims property tax relief as a policy goal. On the other hand, he said, the governor's proposed budget places an enormous financial burden on local governments that rely on property taxes. Dressel described a number of problems highlighted by the proposed budget that cuts state aid to municipalities -- especially smaller ones. For one thing, he said, while the budget is intended to promote local government consolidation, there are no standards to measure the efficiency of individual governments. Consolidation itself is complicated by different rules for Civil Service and non-Civil Service jobs. Dressel pointed to other concerns including binding arbitration and asked that the mayors contact their state legislators and "lobby hard" for fairer treatment by Trenton.

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Township of Barnegat
Borough of Barnegat Light
Borough of Bay Head
Borough of Beach Haven
Borough of Beachwood
Township of Berkeley
Township of Brick
Township of Eagleswood
Borough of Harvey Cedars
Borough of Island Heights
Township of Jackson
Township of Lacey
Borough of Lakehurst
Borough of Lakewood
Borough of Lavalette
Township of Little Egg Harbor
Township of Long Beach
Township of Manchester
Borough of Mantoloking
Township of Ocean
Borough of Ocean Gate
Borough of Pine Beach
Township of Plumsted
Borough of Point Pleasant
Borough of Point Pleasant Beach
Borough of Seaside Heights
Borough of Seaside Park
Borough of Ship Bottom
Borough of South Toms River
Township of Stafford
Borough of Surf City
Township of Toms River
Borough of Tuckerton

 

Don't miss the 11th Annual
Barnegat Bay Festival
Saturday, June 1, 2008
Island Heights, N.J.
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Our Next Meeting

At the next meeting of the Ocean County Mayors' Association on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, our guest will be Commissioner Lisa Jackson, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection. 
 

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