HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Mayor and Council unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday night that expressed its opposition to suggestions that the New Jersey Homestead Benefit program and the New Jersey Senior Freeze programs be eliminated or altered as part of an effort to help the New Jersey State Government balance the 2020-21 Budget.
The resolution reads as follows:
WHEREAS, the current New Jersey Homestead Benefit Program provides property tax relief to eligible homeowners which is distributed to the municipality in the form of a credit which reduces property taxes of those who applied for the benefit by the deadline of December 2, 2019, and who are determined to be New Jersey residents, who owned and occupied a home in New Jersey as a principal residence on October l, 2017, who paid their 2017 property taxes in full, and whose income in 2017 was either $150,000 or less for homeowners age 65 or over, blind, or disabled, or whose income was $75,000 or less for homeowners under age 65 but not blind or disabled, and
WHEREAS, the current New Jersey Senior Freeze Program reimburses disabled persons or senior citizens 65 or older on December 31, 2018 and whose 2018 income is $89,013 or less and whose 2019 income is $91,505 or less as long as they have lived in New Jersey continuously since December 3 1, 2008 through the application year for increases in their property tax on their principal residence and as long as 2018 taxes have been paid by June I, 2019, and the 2019 property taxes have been paid by June I , 2020, and
WHEREAS, although the Borough cannot determine the extent of its residents reliance on the Senior Freeze Program since that program is administered by the State, the local Tax Collector who does administer the Homestead Benefit Program reports that about 23% of all the residences in the Borough are qualified for participation, and
WHEREAS, these statistics unequivocally demonstrate the extent to which the senior citizen homeowners of Hasbrouck Heights rely upon the Homestead Benefit Program, and
WHEREAS, in anticipation by the State of serious budget deficits, several proposals have been fielded proposing that either or both the Homestead Benefit Program and the Senior Freeze Program would be limited, suspended or repealed,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, County of Bergen and State of New Jersey, that the Governor, our State Senator, and our two Assemblypersons to unequivocally express their opposition to any such actions in respect to these programs, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Clerk be and she is hereby authorized and directed to serve a certified true copy of this Resolution upon the Governor, our State Senator, and our two Assemblypersons with a request that each advise in writing of their intention in respect hereto for the purpose of making a public record of this intention.
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