GOP legislator rallies South Jersey towns against Murphy’s rain tax

EVESHAM TWP., N.J. – New Jersey’s rain tax is now law, permitting the state’s municipalities and counties to set up stormwater utilities which will levy “fees” on property owners.

Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-8) is opposed to the new tax. He’s also going a step further, rallying towns in his backyard to oppose the rain tax and pledge to pass on the opportunity to set up stormwater utilities.

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“I’ll be reaching out to every mayor, deputy mayor and council member I can to implore them not to crush our residents with another new tax,” said Peters. “If I can get enough towns to band together, hopefully more will follow and residents and businesses won’t ever have to see a rain tax added to their monthly bills. We already have a few towns jumping on board.”

He’s making some early headway.

Supporters in Medford, Hammonton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Shamong, Mount Laurel and Woodland have volunteered to push for the adoption of a “No Rain Tax Resolution” at the respective towns’ upcoming council meetings.

“This is an unneeded tax in our town that would also add an expensive layer of oversight. Medford has systems in place to treat stormwater,” said Medford Mayor Chuck Watson. “We plan to pass this at our meeting in two weeks.”

A copy of Peters’s proposed resolution is viewable here.

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