AARP says FY13 proposal places seniors at risk, Homestead rebate not fully funded

TRENTON – Evelyn Liebman, the associate state director of AARP NJ, told the Assembly Budget Committee today that the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget puts seniors at risk because if fails to fully fund the Homestead rebate tax credit and the Senior Freeze.

Her organization represents 1.3 million members in New Jersey, and she said high property taxes remain a major concern for those on fixed incomes.

She said the failure to fully fund those tax break programs will affect eligible seniors earning less than $80,000 a year.

She told the panel of the story of one AARP member who lamented to her that after raising seven children in their home she will have to sell their home because of the state’s high property taxes.

“This looks like the end for us,’’ she quoted the woman as saying.

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