Democrats Fail on Fair School Funding

The Republican legislative candidates from Atlantic County said today that ?the utter failure of the Democrat Administration and Legislature to develop a new, fair and equitable formula for state aid to education means that property taxpayers will continue to suffer under the current punishing system.?

?School districts are the largest single consumer of the property tax dollar and, if meaningful relief is to be offered, it is crucial to recraft the current aid formula,? said Sen. Sonny McCullough and his Assembly running mates, Vince Polistina and John Amodeo. ?We are struggling under a system in which five per cent of the school districts receive 57 per cent of the total state aid. What more compelling argument can there be for a change??

?Taxpayers were promised last year that a new aid formula was a top priority of the Administration as part of a broad program of property tax relief,? they said. ?Here we are, more than a year later, and the old formula is still in effect, still throwing an intolerable burden onto the backs of property owners, and meaningful tax relief is still a hope rather than a reality.?

?Our people have had their fill of promises and have heard more empty rhetoric than they can stand,? the Republicans said. ?The Democrats in Trenton have failed the people and have done nothing but to insure the continuation of an unfair aid formula and a constant increase in property taxes.?

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