TAX OFFICE BERNADINE E. PEARCE, CTC
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Tax Collector is responsible for the yearly billing and quarterly collection of the tax levy within guidelines mandated by the State of New Jersey.
PROPERTY TAX BILLS - Property tax bills are mailed out ONCE a year, usually in mid-July and cover four quarterly payments. The bill mailed in July includes the 3rd and 4th quarters of the current year and the preliminary 1st and 2nd quarters of the next year. Payments are due quarterly: February 1st, May 1st, August 1st and November 1st with a 10 day grace period, the maximum allowed by State Law. If the 10th falls on a weekend or a Borough holiday, the grace period is extended to the Borough's next business day.
LATE PAYMENTS - Interest on late payments is charged according to State Laws over which the Borough has no control. If your payment is received in our office after the grace period has ended, your payment will be subject to interest charges. Interest is calculated back to the original due date at an annual rate of 8% on amounts up to $1,500 and 18% on amounts over $1,500 and continues to accrue until the account is brought current. Envelope postmark is not accepted.
NEW HOMEOWNERS-Tax bills are not a I ways transferred at closing, however, it is ultimately the homeowner's responsibility to obtain this information.
HOMEOWNERS PAYING TAXES THROUGH THEIR MORTGAGE - If you have made arrangements for your mortgage company to pay your taxes, they are required to send us a "tax authorization" notice indicating that they should receive your original tax bill. You will then receive a duplicate (advice copy) of the tax bill.
ADDED ASSESSMENT BILLS - If improvements are made to your house, it may generate an "Added Assessment" bill in October after the regular bill has been mailed. This bill is payable in addition to the regular tax bill. If your mortgage company is paying your taxes, the Added Assessment bill will be mailed to them, however, not all mortgage companies will pay the Added Assessment. It is ultimately the homeowner's responsibility to find out if the mortgage company will pay or if the homeowner must submit payment on his own.
REBATES AND DEDUCTIONS - The State of New Jersey has instituted several rebate programs regarding property taxes. For information on the Property Tax Rebate program (PTR or "tax freeze") you may call 1-800-882-6597. For information on Homestead Rebate, you may call 1-877-658-2972. You may also qualify for a $250 senior citizen deduction or a $250 veteran's deduction. For information on these deductions, you may call either the Tax Collector's or Tax Assessor's office at 732-892-3434.
WATER AND SEWER
The Tax Collector is also responsible for the billing and collection of Water/Sewer bills. Water/Sewer is billed quarterly according to the section of town in which you live, therefore, due dates of these bills vary. Meters are read by our Department of Public Works and the bills consist of two components -water usage between reading dates and a quarterly ready-to-serve charge. At present, household rates are $6.66 per thousand gallons of water/sewer and a ready-to-serve charge of $34.78 per living unit.
LATE PAYMENTS-There is also a 10 day grace period on water/sewer bills, however, if a payment is received after the grace period has expired, interest is charged at the same rate as taxes - 8% on amounts up to $1,500 and 18% on amounts over $1,500. Accounts with delinquencies of 90 days or more are subject to termination of service.