Murphy Underlines Importance of Schools Funding as a Relief Measure to Property Taxpayers

At Ross Street Elementary School in Woodbridge this morning, Governor Phil Murphy pressed for full funding of New Jersey’s public schools, to provide relief for property taxpayers, as well as improve the educational experience for students and educators.  For the 2018-2019 school year, State public schools received about $351 million more in state formula aid than they did the previous year. Additionally, 2018 saw the smallest increase in the average statewide property tax on record.

“The state’s investment in schools will have lasting impacts on the lives of homeowners in towns across our State,” said Murphy. “In Woodbridge—and many other communities around New Jersey—school taxes make up more than half of the average property tax bill. This burden cannot continue to rest squarely on the shoulders of our taxpayers and the State must continue to take the necessary steps to pay our fair share and provide property tax relief.”

Murphy noted that the previous administration underfunded school aid by over $9 billion over eight years, leaving property taxpayers with the task of making up for lost funding. But, thanks to his own fiscal year 2019 budget, public schools in Woodbridge received an additional $5 million in formula based school aid for the 2018-2019 school year, a 17 percent increase from the previous administration’s funding levels, the Democratic governor said. This year Woodbridge reduced its expected school tax growth rate by roughly 30 percent following the final budget agreement.

“Investing in our schools is the right thing to do, not only for the benefit of property tax relief, but to ensure that our students receive the best education possible,” said Murphy. “I can think of no better investment than in our students and educators.”

The governor also committed to continuing to increase school funding in his fiscal year 2020 budget, a critical step toward property tax reduction.

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