Florence school officials sponsor senior tax freeze info sessions

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Florence Township senior residents were encouraged to participate and learn more information before they head to the polls on March 12 for the upcoming school district bond referendum vote.

Homeowners in the Florence Township School District, who are 65 or older, were invited to learn more about New Jersey’s Property Tax Reimbursement for Eligible Seniors and People with Disabilities at special information sessions that were held by the district on March 5 and 7.

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“Our goal is to assist the 65 and older community and spread awareness of New Jersey’s Senior Tax Freeze before the vote on March 12,” said Florence Township School District Superintendent Donna Ambrosius. “We want to make sure that we provide all voters with the appropriate information they need to cast an informed vote on election day.”

District officials said that administrators discussed eligibility details as township high school students reviewed website navigation and online forms with senior participants at two sessions. One session was at the Riverfront Middle School Media Center and the other was at the Roebling FOP Lodge.

According to the school district, the Senior Tax Freeze gives qualified homeowners the opportunity to submit for reimbursement if their property taxes increase on their principal residences. Eligible taxpayers still need to make the initial payment, but can file for reimbursement the following year.

A voter-approved $24.1 million, two-question bond referendum would fund projects to meet the educational and extracurricular needs of each student while improving facilities for community use.

The school district officials are asking taxpayers to vote on funding for critical facility upgrades and repairs.

According to district officials, an approved two-question bond referendum would fund projects to meet the educational and extracurricular needs of each student, while also improving the facilities for community use.

Voters must approve Question 1 for the bond referendum in order to pass Question 2.

Question 1, which district officials said totals $21.5 million, includes projects aimed to enhance security and modernize the aging school facilities.

Question 2, which district officials revealed totals $2.6 million, includes projects aimed to enhance the grounds of school facilities.

District leaders remind community members that they must have registered to vote by Feb. 19 if they plan to participate in the March 12 bond referendum.

Vote-by-Mail ballot applications are also available for this election. Applications and information can be found on the county clerk’s website at www.co.burlington.nj.us/996/Vote-by-Mail-Information.

Additional information regarding the referendum, including FAQs, polling locations and more, is posted on the district website at www.florence.k12.nj.us/referendum. Residents can also follow @FTSD_ on Twitter and Florence Twp. School District on Facebook.

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