Acting on their continuing commitment to expand benefits for veterans in the state, Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are backing legislation to extend the $250 veterans’ property tax deduction to veterans who did not serve in time of war or emergency. Currently, only honorable discharged military veterans who served during war or other emergency are eligible for the veterans’ property tax benefits.
Sen. Connors, Asm. Rumpf, and Asw. Gove are supporting a bill to extend the $250 veterans’ property tax deduction to veterans who did not serve in time of war. (Flickr)
The measure, ACR-57, sponsored by Assembly Military and Veterans Committee Chairperson Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-28), would propose an amending the State Constitution to expand eligibility for the veterans’ property tax deduction. Voters would have to approve the amendment as a ballot question posed during a general election.
“Veterans in this state deserve better. Too many veterans who call New Jersey home served honorably are denied benefits by an overly restrictive State law that bases eligibility largely on specific active duty periods,” remarked the delegation.
“For years, our delegation has sponsored what is commonly referred to as the ‘Vet is a Vet’ bill, which would broaden the eligibility for various veterans benefits by eliminating the requirement that a person must have served during periods of war, in specific war zones, or during periods of emergency to be considered a veteran. Consistent with that effort, we are supporting ACR-57 which would provide the tax deduction to veterans of peacetime military service. The widow or widower of these veterans also would receive the deduction after the veteran’s death.
“Expanding eligibility for more veterans to be eligible for property tax relief programs is a policy that Trenton needs to follow through on to address the high cost of living in New Jersey. No one is buying that the state doesn’t have the money to help more veterans. Rather than increasing funding for illegal aliens who are facing deportation to receive legal assistance, the Legislature should expand veterans’ property tax relief benefits as recognition for their service to our nation.”
Senator Connors, Assemblyman Rumpf, and Assemblywoman Gove have all requested to be added on as co-sponsors to ACR-57 and SCR-123, which is the identical measure in the Senate. On November 7, ACR-57 was passed the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Presently, SCR-123 is awaiting action by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Members of the 9th District delegation serve on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs committees to more effectively represent their constituency, a large segment of which is comprised of veterans and their families.
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