CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee voted unanimously to extend the grace period for paying second-quarter taxes to June 1 during a special virtual meeting held at 3 p.m. Monday.

Normally, taxpayers would have until May 11 to pay their second-quarter taxes without a penalty. But the measure extends that courtesy to Monday, June 1, taking advantage of the option given by Gov. Phil Murphy last week with an executive order.

Robert Hoffmann, Chatham Township administrator, estimated that about 30 percent of residents will be able to take advantage of the extension. Hoffmann noted that the majority of residents pay their taxes through their mortgage companies and taxes have been coming in since the due date of May 1.

Chatham Township Mayor Michael Kelly said the move was made possible by Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa and Peter Daquila, the BOE administrator/secretary, who allowed the township to delay the payment of school taxes until June 1. The township still has to pay its county taxes by May 15.