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Rain Tax Signed Into Law

Ridgewood Emergency Services members and Ridgewood Police Clear Storm Drains

NJBIA Statement on Signing of Stormwater Tax Legislation

NJBIA Vice President of Government Affairs Ray Cantor issued the following statement regarding the signing of bill S-1073 today by Governor Murphy. The new law allows municipalities and counties to create authorities to impose fees on residential and commercial property owners based on the amount of their impervious surfaces.


“This law adds yet another tax on our already overburdened residents and businesses, though there is no language to define how much people will be charged, how the funds will be collected or how the funds generated by it will actually address stormwater issues.


“This legislation essentially creates a new, non-deductible property tax on the public and another bureaucratic expense at the local level. Churches and non-profits, as well as residents and businesses, will all be susceptible to these added fees based on their patios, parking lots, driveways and roofs.
“Potentially, 565 individual municipalities could charge fees within their own boundaries without having to consider how sewerage systems and stormwater in neighboring towns affect their projects. A county could also decide to have a stormwater authority, potentially forcing property owners to deal with two bureaucracies and fees for the same property.


“Further, this law will be extremely difficult to administer. It will require an analysis of each property in a town, credits for existing facilities, and credits for how well you maintain a facility. There is no certainty on how much can be collected and no stated appeals process.

NJBIA understands the needs to address non-point source pollution, flooding and infrastructure needs. There are mechanisms already in place around the state to address the intent of this legislation. With this law, however, only the costs – and not the results – will be certain.”

3 thoughts on “Rain Tax Signed Into Law

  1. This is very interesting I see police and fire cleaning Off catch basins. We wonder who supplied the police and fire with this equipment. As a taxpayer doesn’t the department of public works maintain and repair catch basins throughout the Municipality.

  2. As Retired borro worker for town for many years, I never seen a olive Department do public works work. Talk about stepping on someone else’s toes, very disrespectful. How would the police department react if it was reversed. I wonder what the PBA local would say about this. I don’t think they would be too happy about this. Because it’s regarding what happens if they get hurt.

  3. Yeah the old boss With the fat ass gave them the rakes . Right old man .

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