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What happened to the N.J. Senior Freeze and Homestead Rebate in new state budget?

What happened to the N.J. Senior Freeze and Homestead Rebate in new state budget?
BY CHARLOTTE VANDERVALK
ANALYSIS

The dust has settled on the FY 2010-11 State budget debate, but many seniors and the disabled are still uncertain about just what was decided. Specifically, they want to know what happened to the Senior Freeze and the Homestead Rebate.

The recently passed budget ensures that every current participant in the State's Property Tax Reimbursement Program (Senior Freeze) whose income for 2009 does not exceed last year's income limit of $70,000 will receive a reimbursement this year if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements. Reimbursement checks for eligible senior and disabled residents who filed their 2009 applications (PTR-2 form) by the original filing deadline of June 1 are scheduled to be mailed on or about July 15, 2010.

 

 

Lengthy battle against N.J. property taxes must continue

Lengthy battle against N.J. property taxes must continue
BY PAUL MORIARTY
COMMENTARY

New Jersey recently struck a crucial blow in what will no doubt be a lengthy battle to once and for all slay runaway property taxes.

As a prime sponsor of this historic, bipar...

Alan Steinberg and NJEA to debate new 2 percent property tax cap on Ch. 9’s ‘New Jersey Now’

Alan Steinberg and NJEA to debate new 2 percent property tax cap on Ch. 9’s ‘New Jersey Now’

Governor's ‘took kit' proposal will also be a topic of discussion on the show hosted by Brenda Blackmon

NewJerseyNewsroom.com columnist Alan Steinberg will appear as a guest on the television show, "Ne...

Keeping focus on safety saves young lives

Keeping focus on safety saves young lives
BY ED FERNANDEZ
COMMENTARY

Tragic but true: The leading cause of death among American teenagers is automobile accidents — careless, senseless, preventable automobile accidents.[ 1 ] For teens, there is no...

What’s the deal with the N.J. homebuyer tax credit?

What’s the deal with the N.J. homebuyer tax credit?
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

So what's the deal with the New Jersey homebuyer tax credit ? This program would give homebuyers in the state a tax credit worth up to $15,000 spread over three years. The bi...

Newark police misconduct demonstrates a disturbing pattern and jeopardizes community safety

Newark police misconduct demonstrates a disturbing pattern and jeopardizes community safety
BY DEBORAH JACOBS
COMMENTARY

Three weeks ago, amid news of layoffs in Newark, the city and its taxpayers took yet another financial hit: a high dollar verdict for a former police officer mistreated by t...

N.J. property taxpayers are the winners with the two percent cap compromise

N.J. property taxpayers are the winners with the two percent cap compromise
BY STEPHEN SWEENEY
COMMENTARY

As the old saying goes, "It is better to bend than break."

In New Jersey politics, that thought hasn't been at the center of many policy debates. But when the issue is prope...

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez facing a tough road

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez facing a tough road
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

This has not been a good political year for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey). A June 17, 2010 Quinnipiac Poll reported that New Jersey voter...

N.J. property tax cap is just the first step

N.J. property tax cap is just the first step
BY MICHAEL BUSLER
COMMENTARY

Personally, I love living in New Jersey, especially at the southern New Jersey shore. In the summer I can enjoy the nicest beaches in the world and in the winter the small ...

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