For Immediate Release – July 17, 2013
AFP: “How Much Longer Will NJ Property Taxpayers Have Their Pockets Picked?”
Pro-Taxpayer Group Calls for End to Redistributionist School Aid Formula in Wake of Latest Scandal
BOGOTA, NJ – Americans for Prosperity, the state’s leading pro-taxpayer group, is calling for an end to the state’s redistributionist school aid formula in the wake of Comptroller Matthew Boxer’s finding of “widespread fraud” in the school lunch program.
“The latest report by Comptroller Boxer of ‘public employees and public officials’ scamming the system is just the tip of the iceberg,” said AFP deputy state director Daryn Iwicki. “Taxpayers are being fleeced by an outrageous school funding formula that bilks them of the school aid dollars their children are entitled to and forces their property taxes higher.”
The number of students signed up for the federal school lunch program is a key component of the state’s school funding formula, triggering exponentially greater taxpayer dollars going to just a few of the states 500-plus school districts.
“This scandal gets right to the heart of why New Jersey property taxes are so insanely high,” Iwicki added. “Once kids are signed up for the program, they are labeled ‘at-risk’ which opens the floodgates of school aid dollars flowing to these students at the expense of the vast majority of kids across the state.”
“While students in places like Asbury Park and Camden are getting upwards of $20,000 or more per student, kids in other districts are getting pennies on the dollar. Taxpayers in other districts are seeing their property tax relief dollars literally stolen. They’re not only paying for their own kids but they’re sending hundreds of millions of their tax dollars to the state’s morass of failing former Abbott districts.”
“How much longer will New Jersey property taxpayers have their pockets picked by an unfair, redistributionist scheme that is an open invitation for this kind of fraud? And how much longer will Trenton politicians stop paying lip service to property tax relief and do something about this unjust system that’s the root cause of high property taxes in this state?”
AFP is calling for public hearings across the state on this issue.
“The time is long overdue for property tax payers to understand this issue and grasp just how badly the school funding formula is ripping them off. With the entire Legislature and the governor up for re-election this year, this issue should be front and center,” stated Mike Proto, AFP’s communications director.
AFP is also calling on Sen. President to end his stonewalling on Governor Christie’s Supreme Court nominees.
“It’s high time that Senate President Sweeney stop playing politics with the state Supreme Court,” Proto assailed. “The people of this state elected Gov. Christie, in part, on the promise of remaking one of the most liberal, activist courts in the country. The governor’s nominees deserve a timely hearing and the democratic process in New Jersey needs to be respected not trashed for partisan gain.”
“Our state Supreme Court is responsible for this school funding formula due to their activist Abbott rulings over the course of four decades now. The people of New Jersey deserve a court that practices judicial restraint and does not usurp the power of our elected representatives to appropriate our school aid dollars. It’s time for Sen. Sweeney to get out of the way,” concluded Proto.
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