Governor Murphy continues to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on his sanctuary state programs while suspending the Homestead Rebate. This suspension will have a negative financial impact on our seniors, disabled, and those who are eligible for the program.
NJ State Democrats decided that Seniors are disposable - good only for their votes but not good enough to protect from COVID-19 in long-term care facilities and not good enough to keep their Homestead Rebates.
I will not stay silent as Governor Murphy forces our seniors from their homes, and that is why I sponsored the resolution below.
See an additional article on this important topic HERE.
TOWNSHIP OF OLD BRIDGE
RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
DEMANDING GOVERNOR MURPHY RESTORE
FUNDING FOR THE HOMESTEAD BENEFIT PROGRAM
AND SENIOR FREEZE PROGRAM AND URGING
MEMBERS OF THE 12 TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT AND
ALL MEMBERS OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO
NOT SUPPORT THE GOVERNOR’S DEFUNDING OF
WHEREAS, in the aftermath of Covid-19, Governor Murphy issued a series of Executive Orders
without consideration to the rights guaranteed by United States and New Jersey Constitution,
causing businesses throughout New Jersey to be closed abruptly and improperly deemed non-essential by Governor Murphy; and
WHEREAS, these short sighted and imprudent actions, coupled with the resulting reduction in
the State’s ordinary revenue sources has had a devastating effect on the financial viability of the state of New Jersey; and
WHEREAS, the pain and after effect caused by the Governor’s economic shut down is being
felt and worsening every minute of every day by the millions in the State, as the time to lift or
relax the Governor’s restrictions on all commerce was long past due; and
WHEREAS, because of the Governor’s failure to act in a constitutional, prudent and measured
manner, the Governor is seeking to push the resulting economic collapse onto the backs of the tax payers of New Jersey, including Senior Citizens, disabled and low and middle-income New Jersey residents by virtue of freezing and defunding the Homestead Benefit program and Senior Freeze program; and
WHEREAS, the Homestead Benefit program is open to homeowners of all ages who meet
certain income and residency requirement and pays municipalities which then credit residents' tax bills and according to state tax data the average credit was $255 in 2017; and
WHEREAS, the Senior Freeze program reimburses senior citizens and disabled residents who
meet certain requirements for increases in their property tax bills over a period of years and
according to state tax date, the average reimbursement was $1,190 in 2018; and
WHEREAS, these two programs combined to help about 680,000 residents annually shoulder
their highest-in-the-nation property tax bills, where last year, New Jersey's average tax bill was $8,953.00; and
WHEREAS, Gov. Murphy and his financial advisers have proposed cutting $220 million
payment for Senior Freeze and $138 million for the Homestead Benefit program, after already freezing $4.87 million for Senior Freeze and $142 million for the Homestead Benefit program in March; and
WHEREAS, because the Governor previously froze the programs, many residents did not
receive credit on their May tax bills and due to the length of time it typically takes the state to
process the credits before appearing on a tax bill, the failure to fund the program in the next three months will result in these vulnerable residents not receiving credit on their August or November tax bills; and.
WHEREAS, if approved by the State Legislature, Governor Murphy's plan means that checks that are typically sent to Senior Freeze participants in July will not arrive this summer and residents eligible for the Homestead Benefit tax credit will see an increases on their upcoming tax bills; and
WHEREAS, Seniors, disabled and low- and middle-income New Jersey residents will
necessarily pay more on their property tax bills in the coming months under Gov. Murphy's plan to cut these two aid programs to balance the crushing blow to state revenues caused by the Governor’s decisions to effectively stop commerce in New Jersey.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of Old Bridge Township,
Middlesex County, New Jersey, that it does hereby demand that Governor Murphy fully restore funding for the Homestead Rebate program and Senior Freeze program in order to assist those residents who are most in need of property tax relief.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in the event that Governor fails and/or refuses to restore the
funding for these programs, that it does hereby urge State Senator Samuel D. Thompson and
State Assemblymen Robert D. Clifton and Ronald S. Dancer and all State Senators and members of the State Assembly to vote against Governor Murphy’s plan to cut funding for the Homestead Rebate program and Senior Freeze program.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Resolution be sent to Gov. Phil
Murphy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, State Senator Samuel D. Thompson and State Assemblymen Robert D. Clifton and Ronald S. Dancer.