SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy on April 28 approved an executive order to extend the property tax grace period to June 1, 2020; initially property taxes were due to municipalities such as South Plainfield on May 1.

“The Governor earlier today issued Executive Order #130 permitting municipalities to extend the grace period on property taxes to June 1,” said South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh in a prepared statement. “The COVID-19 crisis is impacting everyone from residents to businesses. If we can do our small part to lessen the burden let’s do it and I’m sure the council will agree.”

“The Governor’s order actually does not change the tax due date, but allows the extension of the grace period,” said Glenn Cullen, the borough’s CFO. “As such taxes are due May 1, but the Executive Order extends the grace period to June 1, 2020.”

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According to John Donnadio, executive director of the New Jersey Association of Counties, Executive Order No. 130 is ‘permissive as it authorizes a municipality, by resolution, to extend the grace period for the collection of property taxes after careful consideration of a municipality's financial ability to take such action.’ Additionally, said Donnadio, Executive Order No. 130 ‘does not extend the statutorily mandated dates for the payment of taxes by a municipality due to county, a school district, or any other taxing district.’

“All levels of government are instead encouraged to work together to make informed decisions on how to best navigate this unprecedented public health crisis while continuing to provide vital services to residents across the state,” he said.

South Plainfield, said Anesh, is honoring the one-month extension and the Borough will be waiving interest on late payments.“The bottom line is if taxes are paid on or before June 1, you will not be charged penalties or interest,” added Anesh.

Residents have the following options to pay their taxes: payments can be mailed in to the tax office, made online through the borough' website (http://www.southplainfieldnj.com/spnj/), or placed In the tax payment 'drop box' in the municipal building parking lot. Additionally, according to Cullen, the tax office will be open to the public starting Monday, May 4 at 8 am, for residents who wish to make payment in person. Please remember to practice social distancing.

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