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(TRENTON) – Assemblymen John Burzichelli (D-Salem/Cumberland/Gloucester) released the following statement Wednesday on Democratic plans to increase funding for the Senior Freeze property tax relief program by $61 million:

“I’ve warned all along that when the governor says, ‘If you tax them, they will leave,’ that the reality is that it will be the senior citizens who will be leaving our state under last year’s property tax increases, not millionaires.
“Fortunately, Democrats are committed to changing that and protecting out senior citizens as much as possible.
“The Senior Freeze program is supposed to cover property tax increases for eligible senior citizens and residents with disabilities, but the governor prohibited newly eligible seniors and residents with disabilities from entering the program last year. Plus, those already in the program didn’t receive any increase to account for last year’s Christie property tax hike.
“The governor tried to do the same thing with senior and disabled citizens this year.
“The Democratic plan to provide $61 million in senior citizen property tax relief will be welcome help throughout our state and an answer to the governor’s unfortunate policies.
“The governor continually looks to put the heaviest burden on those who can least afford it, especially our senior and disabled citizens, but proposals like this are proof Democrats are committed to protecting our senior citizens.”