BURZICHELLI WELCOMES SWITCH TO PROPERTY TAX CREDITS BUT SAYS IT CAN BE DONE WITHOUT SLASHING RELIEF

(TRENTON) – Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) released the following statement Tuesday following Gov. Chris Christie’s budget address:

“I’m very pleased to see Gov. Christie adopt our plan to finally turn property tax rebates into direct property tax relief credits. “I’ve been working on this plan for several years and its never had more momentum.

“But, Gov. Christie is taking the wrong approach.

“The simple fact is that under Gov. Christie’s plan, senior citizens and the disabled who have received their checks in the summer and non-seniors who have received their checks in the fall would not receive any relief this year, and once they get it in 2011, it will be slashed.

“Lost relief, quite simply, equals a property tax increase, and we all know Gov. Christie promised no tax increases.

“Even if it takes more time – and my bill gives him until 2012 – Gov. Christie should do this right and find a way to switch to credits without delaying and slashing critical property tax relief.”


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