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East Orange Announces Return of Senior Property Tax Freeze Program to Aid Seniors, Disabled Residents

East Orange

By: Richard L. Smith 

The Honorable East Orange Mayor Ted R. Green, alongside the City Council, has proudly announced the comeback of the Senior Property Tax Freeze Assistance Program, a beacon of support for the city’s senior and disabled residents seeking financial relief from property taxes.TinyRLS Media has learned that this beneficial program is set to provide in-person assistance for eligible individuals applying for New Jersey’s Property Tax Reimbursement Program, aimed at freezing property taxes at a certain level to ensure financial stability and peace of mind for those on fixed incomes.

The service is available at no cost to eligible residents, with appointments open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 AM to 3 PM, located in the City Council Office on the 2nd Floor of East Orange City Hall at 44 City Hall Plaza.

Those interested in availing themselves of this opportunity are encouraged to reserve an appointment by calling 973-266-5120.

In the previous year, the city successfully aided 148 residents through this program, culminating in nearly $70,000 in returns for those eligible.

The initiative runs annually from April 1 to October 31, with this year's program introducing significant changes aimed at expanding eligibility.

Notably, the annual income limit has been increased to $150,000, and the requirement for a 10-year residency has been removed.

Eligibility criteria for the Senior Tax Freeze Program include a three-year residency in East Orange, being 65 years of age or older or receiving Social Security payments by specific dates in 2022 and 2023, timely payment of property taxes for the years 2022 and 2023, and meeting the income requirements set for those years.

Mayor Green expressed his enthusiasm for the program, highlighting its importance for senior citizens on fixed incomes needing their property taxes frozen for financial stability and peace of mind.

The application deadline is October 31, 2024. Eligible seniors and disabled persons are urged to take advantage of this critical financial relief opportunity.

For those who haven’t received application materials, contact information for the New Jersey Division of Taxation’s Senior Freeze Property Tax Reimbursement Information Line has been provided to facilitate the application process.