From the Courier Post:
Taxpayers plead for relief at hearing
By LAVINIA DeCASTRO
Ten years ago, John Sullivan moved to Gloucester County to escape Cherry Hill’s ever-climbing property taxes.
But the problem followed him to National Park, where he pays nearly $6,000 a year in taxes, double what he paid when he first moved there.
“I can’t afford to live in this state anymore,” Sullivan told a panel of legislators who came to Collingswood on Thursday to hear property tax reform suggestions from citizens. “I’m ready to put a “for sale’ sign on my house.”
Many residents said a constitutional convention would take too long.
Instead, some residents said they prefer to support the NJ SMART bill. Under NJ SMART, which stands for save money and reform taxes, half of education funding would come from income taxes instead of property taxes.
“I’d rather see an income tax because if you make a lot of money, you pay more taxes and when you make less money, like when you retire, you pay less,” George Kuetemeyer, of Collingswood.
But some supported a constitutional convention, saying the problem is too complex to solve with a single bill.
“We think that the problem we face today in the state of New Jersey is too serious for Band-Aid, quick-fix solutions,” said Vic Vellace, a Cherry Hill resident and treasurer of the South Jersey Citizens for Property Tax Reform. “If it takes longer to do a convention, but we get results, it’s worth waiting for.”