Property Tax Reform Toolkit Component Hits Snag

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.


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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