West Milford files complaint, blames Highlands Act for $500,000 in yearly losses

NJ Highlands

DAVID M. ZIMMER / NORTHJERSEY.COM – New Jersey’s Highlands Act costs local taxpayers more than a half-million dollars a year in lost revenues, the township council said this week in a complaint to a state council that seeks to have the law declared unconstitutional.

A petition posted on the town website Tuesday will be used to bolster the government’s complaint to the state Council on Local Mandates regarding the 15-year-old act. Received by the council on Tuesday, the complaint says the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act created “an unfunded liability … because the state legislature failed to appropriate resources to offset the permanent loss” of revenue and other hardships …

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