TRENTON, NJ - Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order on Tuesday to allow municipalities to extend the grace period for property tax payments that are due on May 1. The Order takes effect immediately and extend the due date to June 1 without incurring any interest costs or penalties.
"Allowing municipalities the option of extending the grace period for May property tax payments is the right thing to do as many New Jerseyans are impacted financially as a result of this crisis," said Murphy. "Leaders of towns and cities across the state have been trying to find ways to lessen the blow on local residents, and with this action, they are empowered to provide relief to homeowners as we continue to do everything possible to fight this pandemic."
Typically, towns may only allow for a grace period of up to 10 days after the property tax deadline without interest or penalty. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the law was amended to allow towns that have experienced a flood, hurricane, superstorm, tornado or other natural disaster to extend the grace period for up to a month in certain circumstances. The executive order allows municipalities to extend the grace period as a result of a public health-related emergency since current law does not.
"We understand that many property owners are coping with financial challenges they've never had to face before as a result of this pandemic, and we are considering every option available to answer their calls for help," said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. "Allowing municipalities to institute this grace period will afford New Jersey property owners who need it some extra time to get their finances in order, so they can submit their quarterly property tax payments by June 1st."
The governing body of the Town of Morristown will extend the property tax payment grace period to June 1, said officials.
"The purpose of this extension allows our residents who are affected by these tenuous economic times additional time to pay taxes for this quarter". said Morristown officials. "Though we encourage those who are able to meet the Mayor 1st deadline, this grace period extension lessons the burden on those residents that are most economically affected by the pandemic".
In an email to residents, Township officials stated that "they are currently reviewing the Executive Order and determining if Morris Township can extend the grace period and meet our financial obligations."
"Due to the time sensitive nature, should Morris Township extend the grace period prior to May 11, we will post this extension on our website", said Township officials.
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