Audit exposes property tax program flaws

The News Leader

February 12, 2010 8:02:06 AM PST
Lax oversight, confusing rules and potential fraud have combined to cost New Jersey millions in rebates and tax deductions given to ineligible homeowners. A recently released state audit finds the state could lose more money as residents age and property taxes rise if not corrected.

The report by the State Auditor finds the state and local municipalities failed to cross-check records or demand proof from homeowners to make sure they qualify for the programs.

Acting State Auditor Stephen Eells (elz) says for the most part, the state is taking people at their word. Eells says some mistakes may not have been intentional.

The programs are available to disabled and senior homeowners.