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Pathway to Progress Post Covid-19

Property Tax Relief

Senior Freeze/ Property Tax Relief

  • $7 million in total amount of payments each year for the next 2 years bringing an additional funding to the district to assist homeowners on the pathway to progress. This will allow Roselle, Union, Hillside, and Elizabeth local governments and school boards to provide a 0% property tax increase to our residents for the next 2 years.

Homestead Rebate Program

  • $7 million in total amount of payments each year for the next 2 years bringing an additional funding to the district to assist homeowners on the pathway to progress. This will allow Roselle, Union, Hillside, and Elizabeth local governments and school boards to provide a 0% property tax increase to our residents for the next 2 years.

Affordable Housing

  • $350 million additional dollars for rental assistance programs
  • $20 million in down payment assistance programs to help create more affordable mortgages
  • $12 million to build more multi-family affordable homes
  • Simplify the process for permitting for home construction to reduce red tape, lower construction costs and complete projects more quickly
  • 50% increase of section-8 applications for Union County residents via sponsored resolution to the federal government
  • Extend the tenant moratorium on rentals until September 2021 and create a payment assistant program for landlords without tax penalization for the next 2 years. 

Education

  • $1.5 billion increase in state aid for grades pre-k through12 schools in Roselle, Union, Hillside and Elizabeth
  • Earmarking $25 million more for special education
  • Funding an account of $75 million for capital maintenance. Sanitization and other covid-19 related safety measures that will allow our children to return back to school safely will be covered in this allotment
  • Pre-K programs - $50 million (supporting Universal Pre-K)
  • Supporting the “Garden State Guarantee,” which provides two years of free college tuition at a four-year school for individuals/families with incomes less than $65,000
  • Creates a 25,000 bachelor’s degree program at our state universities/colleges
  • Investing $27 million in tuition-free community college and expand the Educational Opportunity Fund

Social Justice & Expansion of Healthcare

  • $4.2 million to reduce juvenile delinquency and create gun violence prevention programs
  • $3 million for grants to fund non-profit organizations that facilitate re-entry, health,
  • $2 million for career training programs
  • Request additional funding from the federal and state government to reduce healthcare cost for hundreds of residents throughout Roselle, Union, Hillside, and Elizabeth

Economic Development

  • $100 million from the Economic Recovery Act’s Main Street Recovery Finance program to redevelop our downtown business districts in Roselle, Union, Hillside and Elizabeth
  • $25 million in state Economic Development Authority funding
  • $20 million for urban redevelopment
  • $13.5 million to create Transit Villages, bikeways and easier, safer access to train and bus stations
  • $10 million for the state’s Black and Latinx Seed Fund Initiative

Mass Transportation

  • $2 billion from the federal government for major infrastructure projects that affect the district, such as road resurfacing, bridge repairs, sewer/storm drains, and flood areas
  • Calling for no fare hikes on public transportation for the next 4 years

Clean Energy

  • $10 million to help our businesses transition into clean and efficient energy sources such as solar panels that reduce electricity and natural gas usage
  • Support the clean energy act and ensure that the district is complying with measures that improve and expand New Jersey’s renewable energy programs
  • Invest in clean energy jobs that rebuild the economy, protect the environment, and reduce unemployment