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Assembly Democrats: Time for Everyone to Support Middle-Class Property Tax Relief

Assembly Democrats released the following statement Monday as the Assembly Budget Committee held its third public hearing on the governor’s budget plan, which provides tax breaks that benefit the wealthy over middle-class property tax relief:

Assembly Budget Chairman Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen):
“It’s time for everyone to get behind the Democratic plan to provide middle-class property tax relief and help the families who have shouldered a heavy burden under Gov. Christie. Our plan provides on average nearly $1,600 in savings to middle-class families and nearly $2,000 for senior and disabled citizens. That’s a winning plan for more than 95 percent of our homeowners.”

Assembly Budget Vice Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen):
“It’s clear that Gov. Christie’s plan benefits the wealthy far more than the middle-class, but out plan provides help against the tax that burden our working families the most. The Assembly Democratic plan means nearly $1,600 for middle-class families and $1,939 for senior citizens. That’s real savings that will make a meaningful difference.”

Assembly Appropriations Chairman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/ Cumberland):
“Our constant focus should be on property tax relief for our middle- and lower-income families here in New Jersey struggling daily. It we want to make New Jersey more competitive, than we must tackle the property tax and provide more property tax relief. We don’t need more tax cuts that benefit the rich.”

Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington)br>
“New Jerseyans needs real, sustainable and immediate property tax relief, and that’s what Democrats will provide. Our plan provides relief to more than 95 percent of New Jersey homeowners, with middle-class families in line for $1,600 and seniors set to get $2,000 to help fight the most regressive tax in our state. Property tax relief for New Jersey’s middle-class is the right approach.”

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Passaic/Bergen):
“Not only does our plan provide almost $1,600 for middle-class families and nearly $2,000 for senior citizens, but it triples relief for tenants. This is relief that is focused on struggling middle-class and lower-income families, not the wealthiest who have enjoyed $40,000 annual tax breaks under Gov. Christie – or almost as much as many New Jersey families earn in a full year. It’s time to do what’s right and provide this vital property tax help.”