FREEHOLDERS JIM CURCIO AND FRANK GIORDANO QUESTION CORZINE?S CUTS TO MUNICIPAL AID WHICH CAUSE PROPERTY TAXES TO RISE

Today Freeholders Jim Curcio and Frank Giordano questioned why Governor Jon Corzine has consistently cut municipal aid to Atlantic County municipalities, making it harder and harder to keep property taxes in check. Since taking office in 2005, Corzine has taken over a half a million dollars in municipal aid from Atlantic County alone. Freeholders Curcio and Giordano called on their opponents to publicly state whether they agree with Corzine?s cuts that have caused local property taxes to rise.

?Decreasing the funding from municipal aid makes it that much more difficult to maintain low property taxes at the local level,? said Freeholder Chairman Jim Curcio. ?These losses in funding also increase property taxes?which would explain why the state of New Jersey has the highest combined property taxes in the nation. Atlantic County Government under the leadership of County Executive Dennis Levinson and our Freeholder Board, however, has one of the lowest property tax rates in New Jersey and we are proud of our record of fiscal responsibility,? added Curcio.

?The fact that Corzine promised to increase homestead rebates and failed and decreased municipal aid which while ducking the tough choices is disturbing enough,? said Freeholder Frank Giordano. ?But what is worse is that while Trenton Democrats are cutting municipal aid to Atlantic County, they can still find $117.4 million for Special Municipal Aid to give to cities like Asbury Park, Camden, Harrison, Newark, Paterson, Jersey City, and Union City. Atlantic County deserves a better governor.?

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