SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Township Council at its meeting on May 12 unanimously passed Resolution 2020-87 extending the grace period to file the second quarter taxes until June 1, 2020.
"Initially we did not offer this extension," said Mayor Al Smith. "We have gotten a number of calls. People have lost working hours or are awaiting their checks and asked for an extension on paying their taxes."
"It will probably have a negative impact on our budget, but we felt it was the right thing to do in this time of crisis," the mayor added.
Practicing social distancing, Mayor Al Smith was in attendance with township clerk Bonnie Lacina, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey, and Township Manager Al Mirabella. Council members Josh Losardo, Ted Spera, Elizabeth Stamler, and Roc White participated by phone.
"There was some pushback on taking advantage of Gov. Murphy's Executive Order, but the Town Council unanimously agreed to extend this relief to our neighbors who need the help the most during these extraordinary times," said Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, a Democrat who will challenge Mayor Smith in the November election. "We introduced a flat budget last month in direct response to the coronavirus. We must run township operations as leanly as possible during times such as these."
The grace period to pay 2nd quarter taxes, which were due on May 1, has been extended to June 1, 2020. Payments received after June 1, 2020, will be subject to interest.
Since the Municipal Building is currently closed to the public, payments can be made in one of the three ways:
By regular mail: Mail to Tax Collector
Township of Scotch Plains
430 Park Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Online: On our homepage click on tab for Online Payments, you will be directed to a site to make an online payment using credit card or e-check (additional charges may apply see information listed on payment site). The ACH fee have been waived for this quarter.
Drop off: There is a payment box located in the lobby of the police department. To gain access to the building ring bell located on side wall and state that you want to drop off a tax payment. You will be buzzed in. Go to police lobby and drop payment in box.
Additionally, the council will host a special public hearing on Tuesday, May 26, to discuss the 2020 municipal budget, which is supposed to include a zero tax increase for the municipal portion of property taxes paid the township. Roughly two-thirds of the budget goes to the school budget, and about 17% goes to Union County. The remainder fills the municipal coffers.
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