CLARK, NJ – On April 28, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy released an Executive Order giving municipalities around New Jersey the option to extend the regular grace period for 2020 property tax payment from May 11 to June 1.
This executive order does not change the due date of property taxes according to Clark Business Administrator John Laezza. In order to make this change in grace period dates, the Clark Town Council must adopt a resolution he said in a phone interview on Wednesday morning.
Mayor Bonaccorso said he will make the recommendation to the Council at their meeting on Monday, May 4 to adopt the resolution for those residents that might need the extra time. At the same time, he is asking residents that are able to do so, to pay their tax bill because the Union County government and the Board of Education have not changed their expectations of the municipality.
Bonaccorso took a moment to remind residents that the township collects the taxes for both Union County and the public schools and by law is required to send the monies forward at set intervals.
“I am asking those citizens that can pay their taxes at this time, to kindly pay them as regularly scheduled,” said Bonaccorso. “Right after Governor Murphy published that Executive Order, I got an email from Union County making it clear they are expecting their usual timely payment from Clark and the schools will be looking for their money too. Both entities are expecting their money on time to pay their bills and maintain their payrolls.”
Bonaccorso said the town is able pay their bills, and would like residents to do the same. “Since this whole coronavirus started, the township has continued to work at 100%, you can see it out your windows every day, our employees are working,” said Bonaccorso. “Clark is fiscally sound and on solid footing so we will be able to pay our bills and employees at this time. We would like to request our residents that are not facing hardships pay their bills on time too.”
So yes, second quarter property taxes are still due on Friday, May 1. The only difference is if the Town Council passes a resolution to waive the late fees, residents would have a couple of weeks longer to pay without penalties.
Bonaccorso served a warning to residents who may take advantage of the extension. "If a resolution is adopted Monday night, citizens need to understand if they go beyond the extension date as adopted, they will be obligated to pay the penalty for the entire month of May,” he said.
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