Governor Christopher Christie will present his Budget Address before a Joint Session of the State Senate and General Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 21. This leaves little time to address the Legislature and the Governor to urge their support for full restoration of the Homestead Rebate and Senior Property Tax Freeze programs.
New Jersey continues to rank number one in the nation with the highest property taxes, increasingly making it more and more difficult for many seniors to remain in their homes and pay for the basic costs of living including utilities, health care, food and clothing.
Although I am just a couple of years from senior citizen status, I cringe every time I pay my bills and watch the checking account balance diminish. I wonder if I will be able to remain in my home, a policy the State supports as a means to reduce Medicaid and Medicare costs for long-term care. Looking ahead, full restoration of the Homestead Rebate and Senior Property Tax Freeze are essential to meet daily needs and home centered retirement.
Now is the time to contact Governor Christie and legislative leaders to urge them to restore budget funding for the Homestead Rebate and Senior Property Tax Freeze programs.
Nadine Banks, AARP Advocacy Volunteer
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