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HomeMy Public PortalAboutr 04:107  MIDDLESEX COUNTY OFFICE OF 6! COOKE AYENUE KATHLEEN M. B,4RNEY, RMC/CMC CARTERET, NEW JERSEY 07008 MUNICIPAL CLERK March 30, 2004 Honorable James E. McGreevey Governor, State of New Jersey State House P.O. Box 001 Trenton, NJ 08625 Dear Governor McGreevey: Enclosed find a certified copy of Resolution #04-107 supporting S-263 and A- 1786 to call a Constitution Convention. This Resolution was passed by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Carteret at a Council Meeting held March 25, 2004. Very~tm_~l.y yours, KATHLEEN M BARNEY, RMC/CMC · Municipal Clerk KMB:cp cc: Assemblywoman Linda R. Greenstein Senator Robert J. Martin Senator John H. Adler Assemblyman Joseph Roberts New Jersey League of Municipalities File No. 0/4-107 Date of Adoption lqarch 25, 2006 RESOLUTION SUPPORTING S-263 AND A- 1786 TO CALL A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WHEREAS, a basic tenet and founding principle of the United States of America hold that the "just powers" of a government rest on "the consent of the governed;" and WHEREAS, our has, therefore, been called "a government of the people, by the people and for the people; and WHEREAS, the people of this State have reserved to themselves as part of their intrinsic sovereignty, the right to alter or reform the State Constitution and the statues when the public good may require it; and WHEREAS, the current system of property taxation in this State is regressive because it is not based on the ability to pay and is an inordinate burden on citizens and a disincentive to business investment; and WHEREAS, there is a need to revise and amend the State Constitution and the statues to lessen the dependence of local government on property taxes, reduce property taxes as a share of overall public revenue, and find alternative means of funding local government services; and WHEREAS, the Legislature, when considering proposals for broad restructuring of revenue sources, recognizes that there is great political risk in making recommendation which the general public might perceive as increasing taxes; and WHEREAS, it is therefore, essential that the citizens of New Jersey are fully engaged in the effort to restructure taxes; and WHEREAS, the most effective way to have maximum participation is a public vote on whether or not to proceed with tax reform process, and, if this question is approved, another vote by the public to ratify the recommendations for tax reform; and WHEREAS, the convening of a constitutional convention for the purpose of recommending amendments to the New Jersey Constitution and changes to the statutes is the most appropriate method for building a consensus for, and implementing, reform. NO 0/4-107 PAGE 2 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governing Body of the Borough of Carteret Supports the effort to place before the electorate the question of calling Constitutional Convention for the purpose of proposing property tax reform, as spelled out in S-263, sponsored by Senators John H. Adler and Robert Martin and its companion measure, A-1786 sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Roberts and Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we do all call on our fellow citizens to inform themselves about this issue and to join in our efforts to advance the cause of property tax reform through support of S-263 and A-1786; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be transmitted to our State Legislators and to Governor McGreevey, urging them to act favorably on the Legislation and to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Adopted this 25th day of March, 2004 and certified as a tree copy of the · K~THLEEN M'. ~ARNEt ~ Municipal Clerk RECORD OF COUNCIL VOTE COUNCILMAN I ','ES NO NV A.B, COUNCILMAN YES NO NV A.B krRllN X RT~S X - Indicate Vole AB - Absent NV - Not Voting XOR - Indicatcs Vote to Overrule Veto Adopted at a meeting of the Municipal Council