Plan to modify ‘senior freeze’ rebate program clears hurdle

A measure aimed at helping seniors and disabled residents who benefit from a property tax reimbursement program has cleared another legislative hurdle in New Jersey.

The measure advanced Monday by the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee would transform the “senior freeze” program from a reimbursement program into a credit program for most eligible homeowners.

Proponents say the change would cut state administrative costs and spare eligible homeowners from having to pay their full bill before receiving a reimbursement check.

The measure calls for having the credit directly applied to the third- and fourth-quarter property tax bills.

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It also adds “good cause extensions” for late claims when applicants provide medical evidence that they couldn’t file the claim by the deadline due to illness or hospitalization.

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