Council sends message to Gov. Murphy

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POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Borough Council has passed two resolutions urging the governor not to reduce funding to several programs as part of efforts to make up for revenue shortfalls due to COVID-19. 

According to a release from the borough, the first of the two resolutions passed June 22 implores Gov. Phil Murphy not to reduce funding to the New Jersey Senior Tax Freeze Program. 

“The State of New Jersey offers tax reimbursements for qualifying senior citizens called the New Jersey Property Tax Reimbursement Program, also known as the Senior Freeze Program,” Mayor Robert Sabosik said in the statement.

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“This program is designed to protect senior citizens from escalating property taxes by locking in a fixed base property tax amount. The governor has proposed his supplemental budget and at the moment, it includes a significant reduction in funding to this vital program.”

The second resolution urges the governor to reinstate the Homestead Benefit Program. 

“This program provides property tax relief in the form of a credit to eligible homeowners,” Mayor Sabosik said. “Our community has a number of residents who benefit from this and in Gov. Murphy’s proposed supplemental budget, while he has plenty of funding for other programs, he has decided to remove this program.”

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