Tell Lawmakers to Fully Restore the Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit Property Tax Relief Programs

New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation and many fixed, low and moderate income residents struggle to pay their taxes and afford other necessities like food, medicine and utilities. Despite the need for property tax relief, the Homestead Benefit and Senior Property Tax Reimbursement (Senior Freeze) programs were cut from the state budget. The Legislature and Governor must adopt a new budget by October 1, 2020.  

Governor Murphy has proposed restoring these critical programs. AARP strongly supports this proposal and is urging its approval by the NJ Legislature along with restoration of the Homestead Benefit credit that was cut this past spring.  

The Homestead Benefit Program provides an average of $400 annually in property tax relief to almost 580,000 homeowners. The Senior Freeze supports approximately 157,000 of New Jersey’s seniors and residents with disabilities with almost $1,200 on average in relief.  

Tell your lawmakers: Fully fund the Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit Programs, including restoration of the Spring 2020 Homestead Benefit credit.   

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Fully Restore the Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit Property Tax Relief Programs

Dear [Decision Maker],

All New Jerseyans, but particularly older adults living on low, moderate and fixed incomes struggle with high property taxes. Older workers and retirees have been especially hard hit in the face of the coronavirus' health and economic crises. Despite the financial strain, the Homestead Benefit and Senior Freeze programs were cut in the FY 2020 state budget, effectively raising taxes for hundreds of thousands of at-risk residents.

Governor Murphy's new, FY 2021 state budget proposal restores the Senior Freeze and the Homestead Benefit Programs, but does not make up for the Homestead Benefit that was cut earlier this year. Additionally, under the Governor's proposal, residents will not receive the upcoming fall Homestead credit until 2021. The loss of the May, 2020 Benefit along with the proposal to push the fall, 2020 credit to 2021 will add to the significant strain families are experiencing during a time of unprecedented financial crises.

New Jersey must protect the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who rely on the Homestead Benefit and Senior Freeze programs to stay in their homes, as well as afford life's other basic necessities. These New Jerseyans need this relief - now more than ever.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]