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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 12:21 PM
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Christie's sleight of hand doesn't fool taxpayers
Gov. Chris Christie is practicing sleight of hand with a property tax relief program for senior citizens and people with disabilities. A trick he hopes no one will notice.

Not a chance.

The governor boasted to seniors in April that he has kept the Senior Freeze program fully funded. Hey Gov, theyre old, not stupid. And they dont need a Twitter account or Facebook page to get the naked truth. All they need to do is rip open their tax bill. Senior Freeze has not kept its promise to those enrolled in the program.

In effect, the governor has raised taxes on the elderly.

Heres how Senior Freeze is supposed to work: The program freezes your taxes at the year you become eligible 65 or older, joint income for a couple $80,000 or less, state resident for 10 years, in your current home for three years. If your taxes are $6,000 when you become eligible, thats it. If your property taxes go up to $7,500, youll get reimbursed for $1,500, to keep you frozen at the $6,000 tax rate. Thats why they call it Senior Freeze.

But despite what the governor said, he has not maintained full funding for the program. As a result, reimbursements are not keeping pace with property tax increases for the 136,295 already in the program.
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 12:59 PM
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1. He's a big, fat liar is what they're saying...
Boy, that sure is fun to say!
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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 12:59 PM
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2. Well, he fooled enough people to get elected! n/t
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nonperson Donating Member (901 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 01:02 PM
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3. Christie not only broke his promise on the senior freeze
Christie failed to fund the Property Tax Rebate Program effectively raising the property tax of seniors 25% in a single year then cancelling the Senior Freeze program, another broken promise, to further exacerbate the property tax dilemma for seniors who try to stay in New Jersey where their homes and families are located.

My property taxes went up just under 25% in 2009 and although I qualified for the Senior Freeze it wasn't funded, as you already noted, so there was no relief on that front either.

Most people don't understand the extent of property tax oppression in New Jersey. I have a modest ranch house in a nice neighborhood. My mortgage is low, less than 40% of my home's current value. My property taxes now eclipse my mortgage. I am paying almost $9000 per year to live in my own home and Chris Christie has essentially ended all but a trickle of relief.

This year I may again receive no property tax freeze relief since the Christie changed the rules to the point where the state can't even tell me if my previous qualification will pay any of the difference between my current property taxes and my qualifying freeze amount. Added to that, our lying governor gave back a mere one-quarter of the previous property tax rebate amount in the form of a credit to my first quarter property taxes this years. A whopping $300.

This is all happening to countless seniors because Chris Christie vetoed the extension of a less than 2% tax on millionaires.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 01:11 PM
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4. sounds to me like a horrible program anyway
under that program, a retired couple making $75,000 or $60,000 (if there is such a couple, who makes that much money in retirement?) or even $40,000 would have their property taxes frozen . A young(er) guy like me, making $14,000 a year, doesn't get a tax break.

But I wonder about this program.

As I wrote about his budget in June of last year

"(The budget also eliminates a property tax rebate for seniors, renters, and homeowners with incomes below $75,000, among other cuts.)"

So did the legislature pass a bill to bring that program back? Or is this a new program? Or was the first article talking about a cut in funding rather than "eliminates"?
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