HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Below is a transcript of Hasbrouck Heights Mayor Jack DeLorenzo's reverse 9-1-1 call to borough residents from Monday, May 4.
This is Mayor Jack DeLorenzo with an update for the Hasbrouck Heights Community
While we understand that the current health crisis has affected everyone, the Finance Committee and CFO have determined that it is not possible for the Borough to extend the property tax grace period. The second quarter tax due date, is, as always, May 1st, with the 10-day grace period allowing payments to be made, without interest being charged, until May 11, 2020.
Some of the factors taken into consideration were:
- County Taxes are due 5/15
- Scheduled payments to the Board of Education are due
- Other financial obligations must be met
If tax payments were deferred due to a longer grace period, this could put the Borough into a position where money would have to be borrowed in order to meet the financial obligations. This would result in the interest on the loan becoming the responsibility of all taxpayers.
As we continue to operate in these unprecedented times, we will continue to make every effort to maintain public safety and run the borough as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Borough Parks were reopened as of 7:00 am Saturday, May 1, 2020. Please ensure that you continue to follow the recommended safety precautions.
I have spoken with our superintendent of schools and asked that he open Depken Field for walking and exercise. I have also spoken with state officials who advised that it is permissible to open the complex for walking and exercise but not for organized sports. We are awaiting the Board of Education's decision.
Bergen County will be rolling out a mobile Covid 19 testing vehicle today, Monday, May 4th.
I have formally made a request to have the Mobile Covid Testing Unit come to Hasbrouck Heights. Those who are symptomatic and asymptomatic can both be tested.
Bergen County is trying to procure two more mobile health units to increase testing.
For anyone needing assistance with childcare please call 201-336-7150 for information.
For seniors who may need assistance there is a Senior Help Line and a Senior Wellness Program. For more information please call 201-336-7400.
Bergen County Parks were also reopened this weekend. However, NO tennis courts or dog parks will be opened and no athletic events are allowed to take place.
As always you can call the Borough Clerk’s office at 201-288-0195 for assistance and check our website for updates.
While the number of cases of COVID-19 are decreasing, please continue to be vigilant in fighting the spread of this virus by following the CDC’s recommended precautions so that we can all look forward to a safe summer.
God Bless Hasbrouck Heights and God Bless America.