He teased about it last month:
My first thought was that the big idea for lowering property taxes was to eliminate county government in New Jersey but that would cut back on pay-to-play too much for Christie’s tastes so it won’t be that.
Instead the plan, as announced this afternoon and presuming that Christie now has practical control over the state Supreme Court, is to…
give all school districts the same amount of state aid per student, eliminating Abbott districts, and, as with the pension ‘reforms’, dodgy numbers are an integral part of the sales pitch:
Never mind that those 31 Abbott districts include the largest cities in the state with far more than 5% of the student population.
Then there is the claim that the aid the Abbott districts get does not go to property tax relief but rather to bloating municipal government:
Let’s put dollar figures to those percentages. Assuming $100 in total property taxes broken down as:
- School: $52 -52%
- Municipal: $30 – 30%
- County (Other): $18 – 18%
Now if state aid lowers the School portion to $26 and nothing else changes we get:
- School: $26 – 35%
- Municipal: $30 – 41%
- County (Other): $18 – 24%
It’s basic math.
But the most duplicitous aspect of this spiel is that this is supposed to reduce property taxes:
since the non-Abbott districts are presumably governed by nobler politicians who would not take those savings to bloat municipal governments like their brethren purportedly did.
Here is the full speech: