CARTERET — Qualifying Carteret residents may now apply for $100 sewer rebates, Mayor Daniel J. Reiman announced today. The 2012 “Sewer Rebate Program” application forms are available at the Carteret Tax Office, or www.carteret.net under the “Community” section.
According to the mayor, the “Sewer Rebate Program,” the only of its kind in New Jersey, was begun in 2004, and has since provided more than $500,000 in savings to Carteret seniors. Formerly directed at senior taxpayers, the mayor announced in 2008 that the program would be expanded to include the disabled, veterans, and spouses of deceased veterans, and that rebates would be doubled from the $50 previously offered.
The program was first established to offset the rising costs of living in urban New Jersey, according to Reiman.
Under this year’s program, senior citizens, veterans, and the disabled, who reside in owner occupied residences, are eligible to receive a rebate of $100. Applicants must be:
• the legal owner and principle resident (owner occupied) of the identified dwelling as of Jan. 1, 2012
• age 65 or older on or before Dec. 31, 2012
• or legally disabled (permanently and totally disabled) with an adjusted gross income under $45,000
• or a qualified veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran
• and have property taxes and sewer fees paid to date
“At a time of a global recession and a slowing economy,” Reiman said, “this rebate program is an attempt to give something back to our seniors and veterans, many of whom are life-long residents in Carteret. If this savings for our seniors allows for the purchase of simple items like bread and milk, or even to cover the cost of a prescription or a doctor’s visit then it is well worth the expense.”