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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Provide Update on Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit Payments

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As an update to constituents, 9th District legislators Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove provided the following information posted by the New Jersey Division of Taxation about payments for the Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit programs:

The graphic above was posted on the NJ Division of Taxation website on Thursday, October 1, 2020 under “Property Tax Relief – Budget Information.” (NJ Division of Taxation)

According to the new guidance, Senior Freeze payments are expected to start being made to eligible taxpayers on October 15th, 2020.

Additionally, Homestead Benefit payments will be paid to eligible taxpayers beginning in May, 2021.

The 9th District legislators offered the following remarks:

“In June, our delegation started an online petition demanding that the Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit programs be protected and fully funded under the new State Budget. It was one of the small victories, in an otherwise dreadful FY2021 State Budget, that funding for these critical tax relief programs was ultimately restored.

“Funding for the Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit programs should never have been on the chopping block in the first place. Trenton is already causing enough financial hardships by increasing the gas tax and tolls. Taking away property tax relief during these uncertain economic times would have had drastic consequences for many taxpayers, including those who have already reached their financial breaking point.

“Certainly, we are disappointed it will take the Murphy Administration so long to resume the Homestead Benefit credit. If Trenton bureaucrats can quickly implement tax increases, they should also be able to expedite Homestead payments to taxpayers who can’t afford to wait months for the tax relief they deserve.”

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