LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following the passing of Chris Christie’s order to allow New Jersey residents to prepay their property taxes for the whole of 2018, the Township of Livingston is offering a way for township residents to do so by extending the hours that the tax window will be open in the days leading up to the New Year.
Residents of Livingston are invited to pay in person at the Town Hall Tax Office (357 South Livingston Avenue) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday as well as Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Incoming Mayor Ed Meinhardt advised all residents to speak with their accounts or financial advisors about what is the right thing for their family.
“We are not making any decisions for anybody as far as what you should and shouldn’t do—obviously that’s up to you,” said Meinhardt. “We don’t want to get involved with the rules that Gov. Christie has passed, we don’t want to get involved with the rules coming down from Washington, so that is not our plan here. We are just accepting payments if people want to pay up to the full year of their 2018 tax year.”
Outgoing Mayor Shawn Klein also took to Facebook on Thursday to extend the entire council’s thanks to the staff at the tax office for working extra hours in order to help those who cannot make it on Thursday or Friday. He said they "have been absolute rockstars through all of this" and that they "know how important their work is to the people of this town in this moment."
“The amazing staff at the Tax Assessor office is coming in during off hours this Saturday morning to assist our residents who are prepaying their taxes for next year,” he wrote. “They are not only skipping lunch but they also are not getting to spend time with loved ones who in some cases have traveled from far to be with family."
He also echoed Meinhardt's advice to residents to consult a professional for how best to proceed and whether this option makes sense for them.
Payment may also be deposited in the drop box outside Livingston Town Hall or through the township website.
Payment made after Sunday, Dec. 31, will not be accepted and will be mailed back to the corresponding block and lot. Prepayments applied to future bills will also not be refunded.