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Dear Mayor William James,

  Please share with Gloucester City residents the information that the Christie administration has extended the deadline for filing Homestead Benefit applications to Friday, October 19, to Friday, December 14.

  So far this year, property tax credits awarded through the Homestead Benefit program have averaged $477 per recipient. The credit will appear in the May quarter of 2013.

  This will allow sufficient time to process all Homestead Benefit application, or whose principal residence was a unit in a co-op or continuing care retirement community will be issued a benefit in the form of a check or direct deposit in the May quarter of 2013.

  To be eligible for a Homestead Benefit in 2012, you must have owned and occupied a home in New Jersey that was your principal residence on October 1, 2011. In addition, you must have had property taxes which were due and paid on the property during 2011, and you must have a New Jersey gross income that was $150,00 or less in 2011 if you were age 65 or older or blind or disabled, and $75,000 or less if you were under age 65 and not blind or disabled. Residents who do not have an application or who need assistance can call the Homestead Benefit Hotline (1-888-238-1233) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

  Eligible homeowners who have not yet filed can do so at www.state.nj/treasury/taxation/ or by phone 1-877-658-2972, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  Information about the Homestead Benefit program, as well as other New Jersey property tax relief programs, is available on the Division of Taxation’s Web site at



William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director