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Taxes & Utilities

PROPERTY TAX

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

When are taxes due?

Taxes are due on the first day of February, May, August & November.

Is there a grace period?

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.

 

When will I receive a new tax bill?

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.

 

How are taxes computed?

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.

 

How can I pay my taxes?

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.

What is interest rate on late payments?

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.

I didn’t receive a tax bill why am I being charged interest?

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.

 

My taxes are too high – What can I do?

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.

 

What programs are available to reduce property taxes?

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)