Towns Losing Millions in Property Tax Relief From Utility Taxes

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
27 Jun 2012

NJ Spotlight recently reported how the New Jersey State budget will continue to divert funds from a pool of taxes collected from utilities.  As noted in the article, available here, various statutes provide that the majority of the energy taxes be distributed to local governments for property tax relief.  However, since 2008 more than $270 million has been used to balance the State budget.

Originally, local governments assessed and collected the taxes from the utilities to compensate towns for the benefits that utilities derived from their use of public rights of way.  In the 1980s, the State began collecting the taxes formerly done by local governments, and the diversion of funds away from targeted programs such as this one has increased as the State seeks to balance its budget every year.

For more blog posts on the effect of property taxes in New Jersey, please see the following:

Star Ledger Reports: Finally Some Property Tax Relief!

Atlantic City Borrowing to Pay Property Tax Refunds

Property Tax Appeal Floodgates Open