Governor Phil Murphy will soon decide whether to sign legislation into law that aims to cover the costs of managing storm water runoff in cities and towns throughout the State. If you haven’t already done so, tell Governor Muprhy to veto this ill-conceived legislation by clicking on the link at the end of this story.
Bill S1073, which passed the Assembly and Senate on January 31, 2019, would allow local governments to set up their own authorities and impose fees on residents AND business owners based on the total amount of impervious surfaces they own including parking lots, driveways and roofs. It is nothing more than a money grab for local governments that have mis-managed their stormwater policies for decades. Not to mention it will drive up the cost of doing business in New Jersey, costs that will be passed on to consumers.
This legislation would have a particularly negative impact on auto retailers since they have large rooftops and impervious, paved surfaces necessary to display their vehicle inventories and offer their customers a convenient and comfortable shopping experience.
If Governor Murphy signs S1073 into law, there potentially could be hundreds of individual local and county authorities charging fees within their own boundaries.
It takes less than 60 seconds to contact the Governor through NJ CAR’s online system below and ask him to veto S1073’s “rain tax.”
Tell Governor Murphy To Say NO To The “Rain Tax”