Senate approves ‘user fees’ bill

TRENTON – Towns may have to find other ways to raise revenue besides user fees after a bill was passed by the Senate focusing on the issue.

The Senate on Thursday approved a bill by a 32-0 vote that would bar towns from assessing user fees on some services as a way to avoid the 2 percent tax cap.

The bill, S1914, is sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-3), of West Deptford.

The bill came about after several municipalities throughout the state started issuing these user fees as another way to raise revenue without exceeding the 2 percent property tax cap that was put in place a couple of years ago as part of Gov. Chris Christie’s so-called “toolkit.”

In a statement earlier this month, Sweeney said that user fees are “a cleverly conceived way to hide from folks that their taxes are going up yet again.”

Senate approves ‘user fees’ bill