SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Residents should have received their 2017 third- and fourth-quarter tax bills and 2018 first- and second-quarter tax bills at the beginning of this week. Due to the delayed billing, third-quarter taxes are due by Aug. 31.

A letter penned by South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh and Council President Derryck White explained that a change in the state school funding formula caused a delay in the tax billings. Tax bills throughout New Jersey were delayed by the change which occurred during the government shutdown on July 1. The change in state funding resulted in $2,501 to the South Plainfield School District.

According to Anesh and White, in 2017 municipal taxes decreased $8.54 for an average assessed home, while school tax increased $89.06. Middlesex County, Middlesex County Open Space and the library all experienced modest declines in their tax billings.

“South Plainfield continues to have one of the lowest tax rates in Middlesex County,” said Anesh and White.