From the Trentonian:
Of The TRENTON — Plans that aim to give most New Jersey homeowners a 20 percent property tax cut and hold future property tax increases to 4 percent are expected to be considered today by the Assembly, though lawmakers haven’t had much time to review the plan.
Monday will be the first time legislators consider the centerpiece of the half-year effort to cut the nation’s highest property taxes, which are twice the national average.
“We are at the threshold of delivering significant relief in tandem with a system of caps to ensure that taxpayer savings do not get eroded over time,” said Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Jr.
The bill is going straight to an Assembly vote without committee hearings most bills receive, a process that angered Republicans who contend the cut is an election-year gimmick by majority Democrats.
The Assembly is also slated Monday to consider bills that would:
_ Create a state comptroller demanded by Gov. Jon S. Corzine. The Assembly approved the post, but must consider Senate changes that critics said weakened the position.
_ Create a commission to annually ask voters to merge towns. The Assembly also approved this bill, but must consider Senate changes.
_ Strip taxpayer-paid pensions and require jail for corrupt public workers. The Senate has approved this.
_ Bar newly elected and appointed officials and workers such as municipal attorneys from receiving taxpayer-paid pensions. The Senate has also approved this.
_ Impose new rules regarding public notice and revising of contracts for school administrators. The Assembly approved the bill, but must consider Senate changes.