Chief Financial Officer
574 Valley St.
Ph: (973) 762-8120 ext. 2500
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
A paramount function of the Office of the Tax Collector is the preparation of property tax, and sewer bills on an annual basis for property owners and the collection of such. The Tax Office collects all tax monies owed to the Township by property owners for municipal, county, and school taxes as well.
Please take notice that according to New Jersey Law, failure to receive a tax bill does not excuse you from paying taxes on time or the interest due on delinquent taxes.
Property taxes are due on the following dates: February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. The Township allows a 10 days grace period. Whenever the 10th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the taxes are due on the following business day. State Statutes do not permit post office postmarks as proof of payment. All payments must physically be in the Tax Office at the close of operations at 4:30 in order to be credited that day.
Interests and penalties
Interest is charged on delinquencies at a rate of 8% on the first $1,500.00, and 18% on balances over $1,500.
PLEASE DO NOT POST DATE YOUR CHECK
: Postdated checks will be returned to your billing address unprocessed. We are required to deposit payments within 48 hours; therefore we cannot hold postdated checks.
As a convenience, we have installed a drop box located in the front door of the Municipal Building for Township payments. In order for payments to be credited the same day, they must be in the drop box not later than 4:00 PM. Also, for your convenience, the Tax Office is open until 7 P.M. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month, excepting the months of the summer season. All payments may be
made by cash, check or money order, unless otherwise notified.
Fees associated with online payment of property tax bills
Calculation of property taxes*
- If payment is made by ACH or e-check, there is a $1.05 convenience fee.
- If payment is made by Visa debit card, there is a $3.95 convenience fee.
- Fee for all other debit and credit card payment is approximately 2.95% of the total bill.
Property taxes are calculated based on the assessed value of the property, multiplied by the tax rate. The assessed value is determined by the Tax Assessor. The tax rate is set and certified by the Essex County Board of Taxation, a few weeks after adoption of the municipal budget.
About reducing bills or waiving interests
As a statutory officer of the State of New Jersey, the Tax Collector is obliged to follow all State Statutes regarding property tax collection, including billing, due dates, interest on delinquent tax payments, reporting and tax sale procedures. The Tax Collector does not have statutory authority to reduce a tax bill or waive interest charges.
Estimated property tax bills
These type of bills are issued when by midst June the tax rate has not been certified to any of the taxing entities namely the County of Essex, the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, and the Township municipal government. Rates are certified or set by the County Board of Taxation after receiving the budgets of all municipalities and school districts, which must be certified by the State of New Jersey Division of Local Government as a first step.
By law The Township is responsible for collecting taxes on behalf of the three taxing entities referred. Payments are forwarded quarterly to both the County of Essex and the Board of Education. The issuance of estimated bills is important for the municipal government, in order to prevent cash liquidity problems, which might affect normal operations and provision of services.
As customary, the taxes paid for the first and second installments of this year were based on the prior year tax rate. The third installment represents one-half of the estimated increase in taxes for the first two quarters had the current year tax rate been in place at the beginning of the year. Whenever estimated bills are issued, early in the Fall you will receive a final or reconciled fourth quarter bill, along with the preliminary bills for the first and second quarters of the next year.