Taxes & Utilities
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Tax bills are normally mailed in July. Each bill contains four (4) tear off stubs for the 3rd and 4th quarters of the current year and the 1st and 2nd quarters of the next year. Original bills are mailed to those who pay their own taxes, and to banks and mortgage companies. Property owners who pay their taxes through their mortgage company, receive an advice copy of the tax bill. The advice copy can be used to make a tax payment if the mortgage has been paid off by the property owner. Please notify the the tax office if your mortgage is paid off so that we may update our records.
Taxes are due on the first day of February, May, August
The State of New Jersey offers two programs; one for Senior and Disabled and one for Veterans. Each deduction reduces taxes by $250.00 per year.
There is also an exemption for disable Veterans where the disability was caused by their service in the armed forces.
Veterans must be honorably discharged from the armed forces, own the property for which the deduction is being sought, and have an active service time of war. Applications are available at the Tax Collector’s office, Tax Assessor’s office and online at www.state.nj.us/treasury. Widow(er)s may also the claim the deduction.
Disable Veterans may request an exemption from property tax payment.
Applications are available in the tax Assessor’s office, the Tax Collector’s Office and online at www.state.nj.us/treasury. Restrictions apply.
Senior Citizens must be 65 years old and reside in the property for which the deduction is being sought and meet income requirements. The annual income (including spouse/civil union partner combined) will not exceed $10,000 after a permitted exclusion of Social Security Benefits, or Federal Government Retirement/Disability Pension or State, County, Municipal Government. Widow(er)s of eligible seniors may claim the deduction as well, if certain criteria are met. Disabled citizens must meet the criteria for Seniors, except for age. They must be receiving Social Security disability payments.
The State of New Jersey offers two programs; Homestead Rebate and Property Tax Reimbursement (blue booklet). These programs are contingent upon the State budget. These forms are available online at www.state.nj.us/treasury.
The Homestead Rebate is offered to seniors and to those whose income is below a set level.
The Property Tax Reimbursement program (senior freeze or blue book) is for Seniors age 65 or over or disabled persons who have resided in New Jersey for at least ten years and in the same residence for the last three years. There are income requirements. You must prove that you paid your taxes for the prior year by sending proof of payment or by the Tax Collector completing a form included in your booklet. New applications are available in the Tax Collector’s office or by calling the number below.
You may call 1-8888-238-1233 with questions on the Homestead Rebate, or 1-877-223-1312 for the Property Tax Reimbursement Program.
Jo Ann Watson, Tax Collector
(856)-783-0284 (Ext. 115)
Interest rate is 8% per annum on the first $1500 delinquency; balances in excess of $1500 have an interest rate of 18% per annum. The 18% remains in place until the account is brought current.
Property taxes are determined by multiplying the Borough tax rate to the assessed value of your property. Every property pays the same tax rate, however property values can be different. To lower your assessed value you must filed a tax appeal between Feb 1st and April 1st. Forms are available in the office of the Tax Collector and Tax Assessor. The Tax Assessor can be reached at 856-783-0284 x 118.
Yes, the Borough allows ten (10) calendar days of grace. If the tenth day falls on a holiday or weekend, the grace period is extended to the next business day. During August, the grace period may be extended beyond the tenth. If this occurs you will be notified.
NJSA 54:4-64 states that failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax due. If you recently purchased the property or lost your tax bill, please contact the tax office.
Taxes can be paid with cash, check, certified check, or money order. If you are mailing, please give a few days for the check to reach us. Postmarks are not accepted.
If you use your banks online payment feature, please be advised that a check is cut and mailed to us by the bank. Please us 7-10 days for the payment to reach us.
Once the Tax Sale process begins only cash, certified or money order will be accepted.
If you require a receipt please mail your entire bill with your payment along with a stamped self addressed envelope. Your bill will be receipted and mailed back to you.
The total tax levy to be collected is the sum of local budget and budgets of local and regional school boards, county, library, and open space programs.
This figure is divided by the total assessments in the Borough to produce the tax rate. That tax rate is then applied to individual assessments.