New Jersey voters will decide this November whether veterans can still get their property tax deduction even if they live in continuing-care retirement communities.
Here's what's happening:
State law provides that veterans (and their surviving spouses) who served in active duty during war and other times of emergency receive a property-tax deduction of $250 on their primary home. But the deduction only applies to a home they own and not a unit in a place like a continuing-care retirement community, where the veteran might not technically own his unit but does pay property taxes on it through a monthly fee.
A constitutional amendment to allow the deduction to be expanded to include people age 60 and older living in such communities is headed to the general election ballot.