Property Tax Reform Toolkit Component Hits Snag

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Sen. Barbara Buono

TRENTON – Senate Democrats expressed opposition to a bill that would allow state income tax refunds to be taken and applied to the debt if the taxpayer owes money for property taxes at a state Senate Budget Committee hearing on Monday.

Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) expressed concerns that property tax debt would take precedence over child support debt if the bill was passed.

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The bill has been held until the senators can make adjustments to alleviate that concern. It is part of a series of bills in a property tax reform “toolkit” intended to help municipalities remain under the recently imposed two-percent cap on annual property tax increases.

Sen. Mike Doherty (R-Warren) objected to Buono and state Senate Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Begen) waiting until the meeting to raise the issue with his bill.


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