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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: State Should Reimburse Towns For Cost of Disabled Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption

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To force Trenton to comply with its own laws, the 9th District Delegation is calling for committee consideration of their legislation to require the State to annually reimburse each municipality for the cost of complying with the State mandate of exempting disabled veterans from paying property taxes.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove are calling for committee consideration of their legislation to require the State to reimburse towns for the cost of exempting disabled veterans from paying property taxes. (©iStock)

The legislation, S-314 and A-686, introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove would also require the state to provide funding to municipalities to cover the administrative costs associated with the veterans’ property tax relief program.

The Delegation issued the following statement:

“Trenton should be reimbursing municipalities for the costs associated with the disabled veterans’ property tax exemption as it is a State mandate.  This would be consistent with the policy of ‘state mandate – state pay.’

“Nearly 800 veterans living in our Legislative District receive this property tax relief benefit.  But since this is an unfunded state mandate, the cost of the exemption is passed on to all other taxpayers in the municipality.  For 2018, the total exemptions for our constituent municipalities amounted to roughly $4.3 million and were more than $87 million total statewide.

“Without question, our veterans and their families are more than deserving of this benefit in light of the tremendous sacrifice by these individuals in service to their country.

Our constituent municipalities, which do an incredible job of assisting qualified veterans applying for the property tax exemption and other programs, should be reimbursed not only due to the fact that this is a State mandate but also as a means of consolidating this veterans’ program under a single governmental entity, being the state in this case.”

To more effectively represent their constituency, members of the 9th Legislative District serve, respectively, on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.

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