BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Members of the Township Council unanimously voted to extend the grace period of property tax payments due on May 1 to June 1. The vote was taken Tuesday, hours after Governor Phil Murphy announced he signed Executive Order 130, which permits municipalities to extend the grace period for property tax payments due on May 1, plus a 10-day grace period, to June 1.
The resolution read, in part, that because of hardships related to the COVID-19 situation, the township is authorized to institute a grace period “In order to minimize and mitigate additional hardships, losses or suffering by property owners in the township.”
During the discussion period, Council President Alvaro Medeiros said the executive order was established “to help the needy, those folks who are unable to pay their taxes, and is intended to help to relieve suffering, but those who are able to play, the township does depend on the timely payment of taxes and I encourage all residents who can to pay their taxes on time.
Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley added, it is important for people to understand the council will be approving a bill to pay $139,000 (to a company) “for bulk pick up, and we will have to pay that bill. When you pay your taxes, 57 cents of the (each dollar of those) taxes goes to the Board of Ed to fund teachers. So, if we end up in a cash shortfall, there could be trickle-down issues to not just the township. So we are very sympathetic to the hardships which people are going through, but if you can afford to pay your taxes, please pay your taxes.”
Mayor Angie Devanney said, “We are legally bound to pay the Board of Education and the county by May 15. So, if you can pay your taxes and are able, we encourage you to do so.”
Two council members, Susan Poage and Stephen Yellin asked if they needed to recuse themselves from voting. A substitute attorney, “Mr. Weber,” said he “saw no reason fo them to recuse themselves,” but they could do so if that made them more comfortable. Neither did. Councilwoman Poage is employed by the Board of Education, Council Yellin by the County of Union.
Residents have various ways to pay their taxes:
- Online - There are two methods of online payments; see here for more information.
- With the newly implemented Edmunds module, taxpayers can now search for any property within Berkeley Heights by name, block, or lot; or conduct just a general search. You will be able to look at your payment history, make a payment, view tax rates, view current bill, project the interest on the closing date if you are closing on a house, and attorneys closing on properties will be able to generate a payment amount due as of a particular date. Click here for more.
- If you need to drop off a tax payment or other form, please deposit that in the SANTA mailbox on the front steps of Town Hall. Someone from our Finance office will call you to confirm receipt.
- Mail the payment to: Tax Collector 29 Park Avenue Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Tax Collector - Phone: 908-464-2700