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Cryan-Diegnan Bill Would Expand Property Tax Relief for Disabled Vets

Veterans with Less Than 100% Disabilities Would Qualify for Rebates

TRENTON – Veterans with less than total disabilities would qualify for rebates on their property taxes, under legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Cryan that was approved by a Senate committee today. Senator Patrick Diegnan is a cosponsor of the measure.

The bill, S-3084, would allow veterans with service-related disabilities to receive rebates up to $5,000 on their property taxes based on their “disability rating.” The benefit would be available to veteran homeowners and renters with annual incomes up to $200,000. Veterans with 100 percent disabilities are already exempt from paying property taxes.

“The men and women who carry the wounds of their service deserve compensation to help offset their property tax bills,” said Senator Cryan (D-Union). “This can be a costly burden for veterans and their families. Prorating rebates based on the severity of their disabilities is a fair and reasonable benefit.”

“This legislation will allow the state to reach all disabled veterans with property tax rebates,” said Senator Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “It will give this program a broader reach to help veterans who have served our country with honor.”

The disability rating done by the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs goes up to 100 percent based on the severity of injuries. The rebates for homeowners and renters would be available to veterans with honorable discharges from any branch of the armed services, according to the bill. Eighteen percent of rent is considered a property tax expense.

The legislation gained the approval of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee with a vote of 5-0.