TRENTON, NJ - Any effort to offer grace periods for property tax and sewer payments, such as the proposal by 6th Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz, would need at least some action by state lawmakers, Business Administrator Kathleen Long told TAPinto Paterson recently.

That help might be on the way thanks to legislation championed by Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly written  to help local governments focus on COVID-19 response efforts by extending certain deadlines for municipalities and residents.

The bill approved 79-0, would provide expansive authority to the Director of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs to extend certain deadlines applicable to local government units of the State during periods of emergency declared by the Governor. Additionally, the bill allows the Director to permit municipalities to extend grace periods for property taxes and other municipal charges, as well as deadlines under the Municipal Land Use Law.

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Referring to the spread of coronavirus as an “unprecedented public health crisis,” Wimberly said that the issue is one that means “every possible way we can assist must be considered.”

“Offering municipalities the flexibility to meet the needs of their residents the way they determine is best will be key in bringing forward a full recovery.”

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