A newly proposed constitutional amendment in New Jersey would authorize municipalities to provide a property tax credit to volunteer firefighters or volunteer first aid squad members, including Hatzolah members, of up to 100% for their primary residence.
According to the proposed amendment, the governing body of a municipality, by ordinance, may provide a property tax credit of up to 100% against the property taxes assessed and levied on the primary residence of an active member of a volunteer fire company or volunteer first aid squad that serves the municipality where the residence is located.
To qualify for the credit, the volunteer is required to be an active member of a fire company or first aid squad that serves the municipality where the primary residence is located.
According to the bill’s sponsor, the credit is being offered as a way to encourage more residents to volunteer as first responders and to “acknowledge those who currently put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of our communities each and every day.”
If approved by the Legislature, the proposed amendment would then need to be approved by the residents of the state in the form of a ballot question.