A measure aimed at helping seniors and disabled residents who benefit from a property tax reimbursement program has cleared another legislative hurdle in New Jersey.

The measure advanced Monday by the Assembly's Appropriations Committee would transform the "senior freeze" program from a reimbursement program into a credit program for most eligible homeowners.

Proponents say the change would cut state administrative costs and spare eligible homeowners from having to pay their full bill before receiving a reimbursement check.

The measure calls for having the credit directly applied to the third- and fourth-quarter property tax bills.

It also adds "good cause extensions" for late claims when applicants provide medical evidence that they couldn't file the claim by the deadline due to illness or hospitalization.