CLARK, NJ - The deadline to pay second quarter property taxes is May 1 in towns across New Jersey, including Clark — where the owner of a home assessed at the town’s average value of $123,296 paid $10,674 in property taxes last year.  

While some municipalities are waiving interest on late payments, Clark is not.  Business Administrator John Laezza is asking residents to make their usual timely payments so the town can continue to provide all services without interruption and meet their obligations to collect taxes and make payment to Union County and public schools.   

He also said although Clark’s Municipal Building has been closed to the public, town staff have been working to provide for the needs of the residents and the town.  Laezza said if tax revenues fell short, the town might need to furlough town employees resulting in slowed and potentially cancelled services.   

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The one ray of light in all the tax talk for Clark residents is the Clark Town Council approved a budget on April 20, with a  zero-increase to municipal taxes for the upcoming year.  

Like Clark, taxpayers in Summit, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Kenilworth will have to pay their taxes within the 10-day grace period of the May 1 deadline or face interest on late payments.

Here are the instructions from the Tax Collector’s office for paying taxes while town hall is closed to the public:

  • Electronic payment on the town website is the preferred method for efficiency, health and safety of our community.  Click on www.ourclark.com    Go to PAY ONLINE at the bottom of the page. Click on pay taxes, E-CHECKS ARE $1.05. DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS FEE 2.95%.
  • By U.S. MAIL – Mail check payable to:  TOWNSHIP OF CLARK TAX COLLECTOR 430 Westfield Avenue Clark, NJ 07066.
  • Put payment in the mail slot in the front of town hall. The slot is on the left side of the front doors.   Put stub and check in envelope marked: “Tax Collector’s Office.”   Only checks, no cash accepted.   Checks made out to TOWNSHIP OF CLARK TAX COLLECTOR.  If residents don’t have payment stub, they must put the home’s  Block and Lot, Account ID or Property Address is in the memo section of the check.

Residents that have signed up for ACH Direct Withdrawal, can expect to see payment  debited from their account on Friday, May 1st.

Questions regarding property taxes, can be addressed to the Tax Collector’s office at 732-428-8404 or email lcaliguire@ourclark.com

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