BRIDGEWATER, NJ - In connection with an executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy, Bridgewater Township Mayor Matthew Moench has signed an amended version of Bridgewater’s emergency declaration to extend the grace period for property tax payments to June 1.

On Tuesday, Murphy signed an executive order allowing municipalities to choose to extend the grace period by a month, from May 1 to June 1.
Moench signed an amendment to the emergency declaration that was initially issued March 16.

“Along with extending various dates outlined in the original order, I am extending the grace period for property tax payments until June 1, consistent with the governor’s executive order,” he said in a statement.

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This action is pending a council resolution at the next meeting May 4, and Moench said he expects it to be memorialized then.

“Many of our residents have had their employment impacted by COVID-19, and we will do everything within the confines of the law in order to ease their financial burden to Bridgewater, even as the township is seeing unprecedented levels of lost and decreased revenue,” he said. “This is a resilient community, and I expect us to bounce back from this quickly, but we certainly want to find any opportunity to help during this challenging time.”

Also in the amended executive order, the Bridgewater Township Department of Finance will waive the township’s online payment fee for e-check payment of property taxes until Dec. 31, 2020. This waiver applies to fees assessed by the township only.

In addition, the order amends a few dates based on new orders by the governor, including extending the cancellation of recreation programs through May 15, and keeping the senior center closed until May 15. The court also will not conduct any sessions until May 11, but the administrative offices will remain in operation.

These restrictions took effect as of 5 p.m. April 29.