RAHWAY – Rahway Republicans are calling for the city’s school district to use extra state aid money provided in Gov. Chris Christie’s budget to fund property tax relief.
According to figures released by the state this week, Rahway schools will receive $19.2 million, a 6.2 percent increase from the $18.1 million they received last year but less than the $29.5 million they would have received under the budget proposed by Democrats.
The Rahway Republican Committee says that it’s not fair to raise taxes on property owners while receiving this additional state aid. The money should be used for tax relief according to local GOP chair Patrick Cassio, who questioned the school board’s need to raise property taxes by $3 million in their new budget.
“Thirty-three percent of the Rahway school budget is from the state,” said Cassio in a press release. “Any fair minded person would say Rahway receives a fair amount in state aid, yet homeowners never get a tax break from the school board or this school administration.”
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