NUTLEY, NJ - Township of Nutley Revenue and Finance Commissioner Tom Evans announced that there will be no increase in municipal taxes. Evans also stated that there is no anticipated increase for the County of Essex portion of the tax bill.
With so many residents experiencing financial challenges, there were several announcements in the April 21, 2020 open public meeting that may ease some residents concerns. The meeting was held via teleconference.
Evans announced that he negotiated with the County of Essex Board of Taxation to defer the township revaluation to 2022. It was explained that it didn't make sense to revalue the township when everything is in turmoil. Residents will not have to worry about someone coming into their house to inspect it.
It was announced that anyone coming to a resident's door to inspect the home should not be let in. Evans stated that a notice will be added to the Office of Emergency Management alert.
With many residents questioning the grace period for the second quarter property taxes, it was explained that local government cannot change the grace period without state approval. Commissioners Evans reported that he has been in contact with the state legislature who are working on a set of amendments to provide guidance to local towns. Some towns have announced that they have extended their grace periods, that, it was reported, is unlawful.
Evans reported "really good news for the town:"that transitional aid will be moving forward. Transitional aid was confirmed with Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. The township is looking to get just over $3 million this year. Having the aid has strengthened the township's position with the redevelopment of the On3 site, including the addition of the medical school. Traditionally transitional aid only covers the municipal portion of taxes, in Nutley's situation, it also covers the school and county portions of taxes. Of the $28 million received so far, $14 million has gone to the schools, and some has gone to public safety. At present the aid is transitional, the township is working with the state to make it permanent,
The township of Nutley was able to avoid the municipal increase because of work in the past to be prepared for a crisis. It was explained that the entire board prepared for the situation. When the budget is formally introduced on May 5, it will have zero increases. The commissioners all worked together on their budgets. Evans also reported that the township is not expecting an increase from the County of Essex.
The Board of Education budget is expected to increase by 2.2%.
The meeting opened with the flag salute and a moment of silence for those lost to COVID-19 coronavirus.
TAPinto Nutley will have complete coverage of the entire meeting soon, including resolutions and proclamations.
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