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Local officials want more energy tax money from NJ
Local officials across New Jersey say the state is standing in the way of property tax relief and forcing budget cuts by withholding energy tax money due to municipalities.
Roughly 20 members of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities were in Trenton on Tuesday to tell lawmakers they want more of that money -- over $1 billion each year -- to bolster city budgets and lower taxes.
Cities have long received the payments in exchange for having energy and utility lines and plants in their communities. But lawmakers have for years kept much of the money and used it to balance the state budget.
Members of the state Senate's Budget Committee say they're considering paying out more of the money, but requiring it to be used for tax relief.