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Letter: Relieve Active Duty Township Residents in Armed Forces from Real Estate Taxes

Paul Saltin, Candidate South Brunswick Township Council

Thanks for serving. How do you say thank you to those men and women who sacrifice so much defending our country; allowing us to live in peace and enjoy our lives here in South Brunswick?

As veterans, I along with my running-mate Councilman John O’Sullivan have just the way. On Tuesday October 23, 2012, Councilman O’Sullivan will ask the full council body to consider the following resolution authorizing the Township’s attorney, Donald Sears, to investigate the townships’ authority to create an ordinance stating the following:

“Any South Brunswick resident on active military duty in the armed forces of the United States and deployed in a combat zone is relieved from paying township real estate taxes for that period of time while so deployed.” 

The hardships such deployment places on those serving and their families are hard to imagine.  Relieving some of the financial burdens they face is the least we can do to say thank you.

Paul Saltin, Candidate South Brunswick Township Council

Let your voice be heard. Send a Letter to the Editor to davy.james@patch.com.

I am RIGHT October 24, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Do you have to be a homeowner? What if you rent, does the township pay for the rent equivalent to the anount of tax? What if the spouse has a high paying job, are they still eligible, or is there a threshold? Do you have to be deployed overseas?
Paul Saltin October 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Renters are not assessed real estate taxes and as such would not be eligible. A spouse's position does not protect the deployed spouse from the danagers they face or the fear that they or their families face on a daily basis for their safe retuen. This proposal is not meant to distinguish between people of different economic positions. This proposal is to military personnel deployed in a combat zone so to answer your last question, yes the deployment is overseas.

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