CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee passed a resolution opposing the elimination of state and local tax reduction during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The resolution followed President Donald Trump’s tax reform plan, which would eliminate state and local tax reductions.

“It’s a resolution, it’s not particularly binding, but it is very important,” Deputy Mayor Patrick Giblin said. “By some estimates, 40 percent of Cranford residents are deducting their taxes. We’re one of the highest taxed states in the country, if not the highest. Taking that deduction away, as well as a high state tax, will have a very negative impact on our residents. This was our small part to relay that message and encourage you to reach out. It is certainly not looking good and will force municipalities like Cranford to take a hard look at our tax situation.”

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Although most commissioners requested that residents reach out on a state level, Commissioner Ann Dooley suggested they take to social media.

“I am quite confident that both our federal senators and our congressmen will be voting ‘no,’ so I urge you to tweet the president to veto any bill that eliminates state and local tax deduction and mortgage deduction,” Dooley said.

Earlier this month, Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released a statement denouncing the plan for state and local tax reduction, saying that tax reform should benefit all Americans, not just winner states.