Letters to the Editor

TTF Restoration: Take the Local Road

da77f0831616531a3082_7f9e62e6f50af0cd18b2_Letter_to_the_Editor_2.jpg
da77f0831616531a3082_7f9e62e6f50af0cd18b2_Letter_to_the_Editor_2.jpg

New Jersey families and visitors depend on municipal and county roads to get to where they need to be. Local roads and bridges are absolutely essential to the success of New Jersey commerce and industry. Yet keeping transportation systems in passable shape has become a heavy burden for those who maintain them–and those who travel them–as the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) is dwindling, leaving taxpayers stranded in more ways than one.

The New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM) and the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) welcome the proposed transportation funding plans announced by Senate President Sweeney, Senators Paul Sarlo, Steven Oroho, Joseph Kyrillos, Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman Louis Greenwald as well as similar Assembly legislation announced by Speaker Vincent Prieto.  Their efforts illustrate legislative leadership on both sides of the aisle and in both houses to renew the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and provide critical property tax relief.

This new plan for a 10-year, $20 billion Transportation Trust Fund represents a commitment to strong, steady investment in local infrastructure–thousands of miles of roads and bridges,  Without a renewed and reinvigorated TTF, local property taxpayers will need to cover all costs associated with these assets. The proposed legislation is critically important to stop the creep of rising local property taxes by doubling the resources provided to municipalities and counties through the Local Aid component of the TTF. Rather than a generous gift to municipalities and counties, the new plan represents a return to funding levels that had been cut year after year, creating a crushing annual demand on local property taxes for ongoing efforts to maintain local roads and bridges. 

Sign Up for E-News

In the first year of the Transportation Trust Fund (1985), Local Aid funding represented almost 22% of the total Transportation Capital funding. The need for investment in local roads and bridges has not decreased since 1985 and no one has suggested it will decrease in the future. Currently Local Aid funding is about 12% of the TTF capital funding.

You know how important it is to keep your car in good working order. It’s an investment that needs to be made to ensure your ability to get to work and earn a living. It’s an investment in your family’s safety and happiness. It’s an investment that saves you money in the long run.  Likewise, investment in our infrastructure–whether it’s for our roads, for repair of our bridges or for mass transit–saves us time and money. Increasing the local aid allocations under the TTF will mitigate reliance on your property tax and provide real tax relief, promote economic growth and job development and ensure a safe and reliable transportation network.  

 

Michael J. Darcy, CAE,                                              John G. Donnadio, Esq.

Executive Director                                                      Executive Director

NJ League of Municipalities                                       NJ Association of Counties

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Cranford

County of Union to Fly Rainbow Flag for the First Time on June 4

May 24, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - A rainbow flag will fly for the first time at the Union County Courthouse in recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride Month.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced they are holding a public Pride Flag Raising Ceremony for Monday, June 4 at 1 p.m. on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse on Broad Street in Elizabeth.

“Raising the rainbow flag ...

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Honor Their Favorite States

May 27, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Third grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took great pride in creating and sharing special projects highlighting an individual state of their choice for an eager crowd of parents, faculty and friends in the Oakwood Room.

The assignment included a variety of components. The students were asked to construct a model depicting either a map of their state or ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

May 22, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 05/17/2018 @ 2012 hrs.

North Avenue East and the Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Charles McKoy, 19, North Plainfield

Arrested by: Ptl. James ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 1, 8:00 AM

Royce Brook Golf Club, Hillsborough Township

Liam's Room 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing

Giving Back Sports

Carousel_image_1da61d9690df0a4b2374_264c0972082c640e3c33_20180411_093814

Fri, June 1, 5:00 PM

Cranford Elks, Cranford

Spaghetti Dinner and Tricky Tray to Benefit Relay ...

Food & Drink

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

I'm Excited To See What Sara Todisco Will Do As Mayor.

May 25, 2018

My first time hearing the name Sara Todisco was when reading about her in a newspaper article during her first year on Council. A couple citizens made comments about her age and how they thought she was too young on an anonymous online forum. I responded that here was a young person eager to get involved in our town. We should give her a chance and if we weren't satisfied, we could ...