Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Union County Mayors Endorse Cap 2.5, Gov. Christie's Reform Agenda

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Trenton, NJ - Today, the Governor's Office announced the support of 39 mayors from Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties for Governor Chris Christie's Cap 2.5 constitutional amendment and Reform Agenda to bring real property tax relief to New Jersey families.  Mayors are on the frontline of the property tax crisis, forced to deal with ballooning expenses, unfunded mandates, and cost-drivers which in many cases they have little control over.
"The Christie Reform Agenda is the change we need to put a firm cap on property taxes and empower the people with the tools to control their own future," said Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka.  "Our hands have been tied, hindering our ability to control skyrocketing costs and resulting in rising property taxes.  Mayors across the state should stand up and support Governor Christie's Cap 2.5 Reform Agenda in order to provide real property tax relief right now."
Last week, the Governor outlined a sweeping 33-bill reform package to solve New Jersey's property tax crisis and control spending at every level of government. The centerpiece of the plan is Cap 2.5, a constitutional amendment creating a 2.5 percent cap on property tax increases.
Property taxes have grown an astonishing 70% over the last ten years, resulting in an average annual property tax bill of $7,281 on New Jersey families - the highest rate in the nation. Cap 2.5 will halt the astonishing growth in property taxes while the Christie Reform Agenda will give towns and school boards the tools needed to control spending to make Cap 2.5 both realistic and achievable. 
Mayors From Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic & Union Counties That Have Endorsed Cap 2.5 & Governor Christie's Reform Agenda:

Bergen County
Mayor Vince Barra, Allendale
Mayor Benedict Romeo, Cresskill
Mayor Dick Mola, Elmwood Park
Mayor Mark Sokolich, Fort Lee
Mayor Maura DeNicola, Franklin Lakes
Mayor John van Keuren, Glen Rock        
Mayor Thomas Randall, Ho-Ho-Kus
Mayor Richard Martel, Mahwah
Mayor Joseph Monahan, Midland Park
Mayor James Barsa, Norwood
Mayor Victor Polce, Old Tappan
Mayor Chris Botta, Ramsey
Mayor David Pfund, Ridgewood
Mayor Margaret Watkins, River Edge
Mayor Frank Valenzuela, Rochelle Park
Mayor Nicholas Langella, Rockleigh
Mayor John Hipp, Rutherford
Mayor Samuel Raia, Saddle River
Mayor Kenneth Gabbert, Upper Saddle River
Mayor Russell Litchult, Waldwick
Mayor Joseph LaPaglia, Woodcliff Lake
Mayor Rudy Boonstra, Wyckoff

Essex County
Mayor James Gasparini, Fairfield
Mayor Thomas McDermott, Millburn
Mayor Mel Levine, North Caldwell
Village President Douglas Newman, South Orange  
Mayor Joseph Tempesta, West Caldwell

Hudson County
Mayor Raymond McDonough, Harrison
Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken

Passaic County
Mayor Michael DeFrancisci, Little Falls
Mayor Katie Cole, Pompton Lakes
Mayor Theodore Taukus, Ringwood

Union County
Mayor Robert Woodruff, Berkeley Heights
Mayor Mark Smith, Cranford
Mayor Joseph Menza, Hillside
Mayor Kathi Fiamingo, Kenilworth
Mayor Richard Gerbounka, Linden
Mayor John Thoms, New Providence
Mayor Ziad Andrew Shehady, Springfield 

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