Municipalities file notice of tax referendum

As many as 16 municipalities across the state have filed notice that they intend to hold a referendum next month to override the 2 percent cap on property tax levy increases imposed by the legislature last summer.

Municipalities had until March 7 to file notice in a local paper of their intent to hold a referendum.  This is the first time voters will be asked to approve a tax hike over the state threshold.  In the past, townships requested a waiver from the state in order to override the cap.

Last year, the state nixed just one request for a cap waiver.

According to officials at the State League of Municipalities, some townships, such as Hope Township in Warren County, have not completed their budgets and have filed notice to preserve their right to the referendum, which would be held to coincide with school board elections held April 27.  Other townships, including Maurice River Township in Cumberland County, have applied to the state for transitional aid and filed the notice of referendum in case the application is denied.

Officials at the NJSLM stressed that this is not a final list.

The municipalities that have filed so far according to the League:

Lambertville, Maurice River, Hope Township, Florence, Hardwick, Brick, Homestead, Mansfield, Mount Laurel, Northvale, Riverdale Borough, Mount Holly, and Edgewater Park

A Star Ledger report this morning also listed Plumsted, North Arlington and Chesilhurst as townships that also have filed to hold a referendum.

Municipalities file notice of tax referendum