Dear Randolph residents,

This has certainly been a tough week in Randolph. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and affect all of us. As of today, we have had 68 Randolph residents test positive for the virus after exhibiting symptoms. While many of these individuals are on the road to recovery, the worst possible news is that 2 of our residents who were infected with the virus passed away this week. I know our entire community is saddened and sends condolences to their families and friends as they grieve.

As we all adapt in this stressful time, we are told by public health officials that the best thing we can do to help our communities is to STAY HOME. It’s the best way to avoid exposing ourselves to potential infection and to reduce the chance that we may unknowingly spread the infection to others. Remember, not everyone who is infected will have symptoms. We are being asked to practice social distancing in order to help slow the spread of the virus so that we don’t overwhelm our hospitals, health care professionals and medical supplies. I am happy to say that the vast majority of Randolph residents have embraced social distancing and are doing their part. Thank you to all of you.

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With widespread concerns about the economy, many residents have reached out to me and other Council members to ask about property tax payments, especially those due on May 1, and any accommodations that might be made during this public health emergency. The Township Council discussed this issue at length at the recent Council meeting and we understand these concerns. It’s important to note that the deadlines for quarterly tax payments are established by the State of New Jersey, and local municipalities are not permitted to adjust these dates. There are also limitations on what a local municipality can do in terms of waiving penalties for late tax payments.

Currently, our state legislators are considering a bill (A3902) that could extend the due dates for the payment of property taxes or possibly reduce or waive penalties for late payment. At the request of the Council, I have reached out to our state representatives to request additional information about the proposal. I will keep you updated on this issue.

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe.

Chris Carey

Mayor