TRENTON - Under a new law introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, New Jersey residents will now receive information on property tax relief programs every time they receive a property tax bill.
Starting September 19 of this year, local property tax bills will be required to direct taxpayers to an online collection of official tax relief programs provided by the Treasury Department’s Division of Taxation and Department of Community Affairs. This collection will include information on how residents can qualify for each program, as well as guidance on how to apply.
“Every day, our office walks local residents through life-saving property tax relief programs like the Senior Freeze or disabled veterans’ property tax deduction, but most folks have no idea that these programs exist,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune). “Families shouldn’t have to choose between keeping their home or paying for college, taking a vacation, or making it through retirement. There are real property tax relief programs available, and we want every taxpayer to be able to take advantage of the programs they qualify for.”
“The first time we learned about the breadth of tax relief programs available to New Jersey taxpayers, we knew that we had to get this information out to everyone,” said Downey. “If you’re a homeowner in Monmouth County, you might be paying 10 percent or more of your entire household’s income just to cover property taxes. By empowering taxpayers to find real property tax relief, we can help our residents use that money to improve the lives of their families.”
Houghtaling and Downey have made it a priority to hold the line on property taxes, and recently expanded access to the Senior Freeze property tax relief program for New Jersey seniors, winning a full $20 million in funding to support the cost-saving program. The pair also joined Senator Vin Gopal to relieve the burden on local school districts by winning an additional $55 million for extraordinary special education funding, and continue to advocate saving taxpayer money through consolidation, shared services, and other cost-cutting strategies.