SPARTA, NJ- Residents have had the option to delay paying their property taxes until June 1 but most have already paid.  Sparta Township Manager Bill Close responded to Councilwoman Molly Whilesmith’s inquiry about the collection rate with the one-month extension.

At the township council zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 26, Close said collections were about 1.5 to 2% off last year at this time.  That equates to approximately 89% versus 91%.

“I’m very encouraged by the numbers so far,” Close said.

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Close said they would take a close look on June 1, the due date.

Whilesmith said that was “outstanding.”

Township manager Bill Close said the staff “have done a terrific job,” especially working under unusual conditions with staggered shifts and rotating who is working in the building and who is working from home. 

“This is out of the norm for office workers and field staff,” Close said.  “Diane, Virginia, Gail, Sam and Dawn everyone working in concert and the residents doing the best they can. It’s really been a collective effort.”

Rome followed up saying the drop box, installed about a year and a half ago has “paid for itself, probably 10-fold.”  Roma said there have been days when they have taken crates of water bill payments and tax bill payments out of that box.

The township has two outside drop boxes. One is located outside the door to the Sparta Police Department Headquarters and the other is at the end of the parking rows by the police department.  The second box can be accessed from a vehicle.