SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Tax Collector's Office has announced news that the homestead benefit has been canceled:

HOMESTEAD BENEFIT CREDIT FOR 2017 APPLICATION IS CANCELED TILL FURTHER NOTICE BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY - DIVISION OF TAXATION.

THE DIRECTIVE BELOW WAS RECEIVED FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS ON 3/24/20:

NOTE **** In light of the fiscal uncertainty due to the unprecedented COVID-19 health emergency, the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has placed select available funding into spending freeze reserve in order to ensure sufficient cash and budget authority to meet emergency and statutorily required obligations. As such, we regret to inform you that the appropriation for Homestead Credits that was initially authorized by the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Taxation to be sent to the municipalities must now be rescinded because the account has been placed into reserve.