Christie to Outline Plan to Limit State Raises, Property Tax Increases

Monday, May 10, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 AM EDT
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Christie to Outline Plan to Limit State Raises, Property Tax Increases

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Gov. Chris Christie will unveil plans to deal with New Jersey's budget woes.

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Plans to place stricter limits on property tax increases and put a permanent 2.5 percent limit on annual raises for public workers will be part of a 33-bill legislative package that Gov. Chris Christie will announce Monday.

Christie also will discuss several potential reforms, including raising the retirement age to 65 from 62; having public employees pay more toward their pensions and allowing towns to discard some civil service rules.

The governor is scheduled to announce his plans at a noon news conference in his outer office at the Statehouse in Trenton.

Union leaders have criticized many of the proposals, doubting that they will save much money. They also fear that allowing towns to opt-out of civil service will open the system to more hiring decisions based on patronage.

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