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5/1/2020 - Letter to Residents Regarding May 1st Tax Payment

Dear Residents and Neighbors,

In the last few days, you may have read about the Legislature and Governor Murphy’s recent action to extend the grace period for the payment of the May 1 Real Estate Taxes. I am writing to advise you of the Borough’s actions in what appears to be a simple matter, but in truth is rather involved.

Back in late March, Mayor Skinner, myself as Chairman of the Finance Committee and my colleague on that Committee, Councilman John Sweeney conferred with the desire to proactively extend the grace period for the May 1 Real Estate tax payment. Upon researching the matter with our professionals, we learned that the Borough does not have the ability to do this without prior consent by the NJ State Legislature and Governor and that the timely payment of Real Estate taxes are mandated by State Statute. Despite lobbying action, our State leaders took no action on this matter all through the month of April.