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Atlantic City Fire Department
Flickr User Paul Lowry
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User Fees An Issue At Today’s Assembly Budget Hearing

Twenety-six states currently allow "user fees" for public safety and New Jersey is one of them. Some Garden State towns are now charging the fees for things like emergency response services and trash pick-up. Governor Chris Christie says this is a way for mayors to circumvent the 2 percent cap on property tax hikes and he wants the practice banned ASAP. One influential mayor is asking the Assembly Budget Committee not to ban the fees.

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February's edition of Ask the Governor (Staff photo)
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Christie Urges Action on User Fees to Ease NJ’s Property Taxes

After proposing a $32.9 billion state spending plan that increases school aid and expands Medicaid coverage and does not raise taxes, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been busy today trumpeting his budget as a fiscally responsible plan that encourages growth and holds the line on property taxes.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney
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Are You Fed Up With NJ User Fees? [AUDIO]

Ever since New Jersey's two percent property tax cap took effect a few years ago, a growing number of Garden State municipalities have been looking for creative new ways to generate badly needed revenue by implementing so-called "user fees."

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Atlantic City Fire Department
Flickr User Paul Lowry
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Will NJ “User Fees” Soon Be a Thing of the Past? [AUDIO]

With Jersey's 2 percent property tax cap firmly in place, Atlantic City and a handful of other towns have started implementing so-called user fees - for services like trash pick up - but Governor Christie is promising the trend won't continue for long.

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Former Gov. Jim Florio and transportation policy expert Martin Robins. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Former Gov. Jim Florio and transportation policy expert Martin Robins. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Ex-governor thinks NJ needs even MORE road tolls and MVC fees

Last year’s gas tax hike doesn’t provide the funds New Jersey needs to address its transportation needs, says a new Fund for New Jersey report.

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