The New Jersey Senate and Assembly members were urged in a resolution passed by the Township of West Milford Council on Aug. 15 to look at and weigh input from local government authorities and to abide by the concept of State mandate State pay. Two additional resolutions sent to the legislators oppose changes to the Open Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.
The resolution points out that local governments continue to struggle with fiscal restraints and escalating property taxes and streamlined fiscal policies. It says that the municipalities have made significant budget cuts in an effort to provide much needed services with minimal impact to local property taxes. The resolution expressed concerns that local representatives feel their pleas made to State legislators have fallen on deaf ears. The resolution said local officials have developed skepticism for how their voices are heard.