What everyone knows – and few will admit – is that the only way to reduce property taxes in New Jersey is to cut the amount of government. What no one has effectively done, however, is make the case to New Jerseyans about how less government – whether it’s by consolidating towns or school districts, or eliminating counties, would reduce their tax bill.
Yes, New Jersey loves home rules. But its residents are tired of paying ever-higher taxes. As lawmakers debate, the tool kit, don’t be surprised if someone adds eliminating government into the mix.