The Tax Collector is responsible to collect all property taxes. Upon receipt of the Borough’s tax assessments and certified tax rate, tax bills are calculated and mailed to property owners, authorized banks and mortgage companies. When property taxes are not paid on a timely basis, the Tax Collector is responsible for delinquent billing and schedules an annual Tax Sale to collect delinquent taxes. The Tax Collector strives to obtain a high collection rate to minimize a negative budgetary impact on the Borough’s financial expenses. The Tax Collector provides written reports to both the governing body and the State of New Jersey.
Property Tax Reimbursement (Senior Freeze)
The Division of Taxation began mailing applications for the 2016 Property Tax Reimbursement, (Senior Freeze) on February 17, 2017, to senior citizens and disabled residents. Please Note: an extension has been issued and the deadline for filing an application is now OCTOBER 18, 2017. (The original date to file was June 1, 2017.) If you do not receive a booklet, you can call the number below and order one, or you may come to the municipal building and request a book. The reimbursement will be paid by check sometime in late 2017.
If you are filing for the first time, you may need to request an application (blue book) at the municipal building. You will fill out the income information, and then bring the booklet to the tax collector window to have your paid taxes certified by the tax collector. Only applicants whose 2015 and 2016 income did not exceed $87,007 are eligible to receive a reimbursement payment, provided they meet all the other requirements. The Division will notify those applicants that they are not eligible.
Members of the public can refer to the following:
Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement)
- To ask questions or to order an application: 1-800-882-6597 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, except State holidays)
- To check the status of a filed application: 1-800-882-6597
- To listen to information: 1-800-323-4400
- In-person assistance at Taxation Regional Offices (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, except State holidays): www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ot1.shtml
- Online information: www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ptr/index.shtml
Text Telephone Service (TTY/TDD) for Hearing-Impaired Users: 1-800-286-6613 or 609-984-7300
Taxation email address for Senior Freeze and general tax questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Eligibility Requirements (You MUST meet ALL of the following requirements):
- You were 65 or older as of December 31, 2015, or, if under age 65, you were actually receiving Federal Social Security disability benefit payments on or before December 31, 2015, and December 31, 2016; AND
- You have lived in New Jersey continuously since December 31, 2005, or earlier, as either a homeowner or a renter; AND
- You have owned and lived in your home (or have leased a site in a mobile home park for a manufactured or mobile home that you own) since December 31, 2012, or earlier; AND
- You paid the full amount of the 2015 property taxes due on your home by June 1, 2016, and paid the 2016 property taxes by June 1, 2017; AND
- Your total annual income for 2015 did not exceed $87,007* and for 2016 did not exceed $87,007. *NOTE: With very few exceptions, all income received during the year must be taken into account to determine eligibility (including social security, pension income, etc.)
* Eligibility requirements, including income limits, and benefits available under this program may be changed by the State Budget. Any changes to the 2016 eligibility requirements will not be finalized until the completion of the State Budget that must be adopted by July 1, 2017.
Homestead Rebate Benefit Application News
Eligible Sussex County homeowners should receive the Homestead Benefit Rebate Application Packet on or about September 21st in the mail or by email for whose who requested electronic applications last year. The deadline for filing is Thusday, November 30, 2017. The Homestead Benefit Internet filing application on the Division of Taxation website (www.njtaxation.org) and automated telephone filing system (1-877-658-2972) will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the filing period.
Homeowners may be eligible for the 2015 Homestead Benefit if they meet the following conditions:
- Their permanent legal residence was in New Jersey.
- Owned and occupied a home in New Jersey that was their principal residence on October 1, 2014.
- Had NJ gross income for 2015 that was not more than $150,000 for homeowners who were 65 or older or disabled; and not more than $75,000 for homeowners who were under age 65 and not disabled. The income limits apply to a single individual, a married/civil union couple living in the same residence, and a married/civil union partner maintaining a residence separate from their spouse/civil union partner.
- The home was subject to local property taxes, and the 2015 property taxes were paid. (The State Budget requires that the benefit amount be calculated using 2006 property taxes.)
Due to the income requirements many homeowners will not receive applications for 2015. Most homeowners who do qualify will receive the benefit as a credit on a future property tax bill.
Property Tax Relief Information
There are two levels of property tax relief in New Jersey, programs administered at the Municipal level, and those that are administered at the State level.
The two programs administered at the Municipal Level are the Senior Citizens’ Deduction and the Veterans’ Deduction. Both give the homeowner a $250 credit on their taxes, beginning in the year that it is first approved. The Veteran’s deduction continues without any annual verification necessary until the Veteran sells the home. If a veteran dies while the deduction is in effect, his or her spouse will receive the Widow of a Veteran unless they marry again. The Senior deduction is based on income, so each year a verification form is mailed out to all the seniors with the deduction, wherein the senior must certify that their income did not exceed the amount allowed in the prior year, and that they believe that it will not exceed the amount in the subsequent year. (Income other than Social Security and other Federal programs must not exceed $10,000.)
All other property tax relief programs are administered by the State of NJ: Homestead Rebate Property Tax Reimbursement or Senior Freeze
For other programs that may offer you some financial help or other aid, look at the website: NJHelps.org
If you ever have any questions on Property Tax, you can contact one of as at Borough Hall at 973-347-0159