BLACKWOOD – In describing the state’s present property tax crisis and the way the state is addressing it, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald, (D-6), of Voorhees, said Wednesday the state is putting “Band-Aids on cancer,” where surgery is actually required.
He said the Special Master’s finding Tuesday that at-risk school districts were insufficiently funded threatens to “potentially blow a hole in the budget” for the next fiscal year.
He once again called for doing the hard work of restructuring the tax system, particularly finding ways to rely less on property taxes that are driving families out of state.
“It’s stalling the inevitable,” he said.
After listening to testimony from various social service groups during the Assembly Budget Committee’s budget hearing, Greenwald encouraged the various entities to form partnerships to share similar services. Such an approach could help drive down taxpayer funding for the individual programs, he said.