Letters

War on Seniors

Jun 26, 2019


To the Editor:

Have you heard about the war on poverty, drugs and terror? Now there is another war looming on the horizon, New Jersey’s war on its seniors.

Over the past few years, economic pressure has intensified on those vulnerable seniors living on a fixed income. Property tax relief programs designed to help defray the high cost of taxes have eroded. The Homestead Rebate (credit) and the Senior Freeze have been watered down because of budget constraints.

If this was not bad enough, enter S-2425, a bill contrived by legislators that could impact over 173,000 Ocean County seniors who reside in an age-restricted community governed by a homeowners association.

This legislation is especially threatening because it would allow Trenton to interfere in the operations of age-restricted communities and consolidate laws concerning common interest communities, including the taxation of common property that would be passed through in the form of higher maintenance fees.

Evidence points to taxes as the primary reason seniors are leaving the state. New Jersey lost more than 2 million residents and $18 billion in adjusted gross income over 10 years, according to a new report. When New Jerseyans leave the state, they not only take their income with them, they take income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes and purchasing power with them as well. This creates a continuous spiraling demand for tax increases.

Art Mooney

Little Egg Harbor

 

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