The Tax Collector is responsible for collecting all property taxes. Upon receipt of the Township’s tax assessments and certified tax rate, tax bills are calculated and mailed to property owners, authorized banks and mortgage companies.
When property taxes are not paid on a timely basis, the Tax Collector is responsible for delinquent billing and schedules an annual Tax Sale to collect delinquent taxes.
The Tax Collector strives to obtain a high collection rate to minimize a negative budgetary impact on the Township’s financial expenses. The Tax Collector provides written reports to both the governing body and the State of New Jersey.
Stillwater Township now offers On-line payments via credit card or e-check. Click this link for MuniciPAY
Note: Tax bills are mailed out once a year, usually in July.
Taxes are due: Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1, and Nov. 1. Each quarter has a 10-day grace period, and interest accrues after the grace period, from the due date of the 1st. Added Assessment bills for improvements are mailed out in early October each year and are due Nov. 1st.
How do I apply for senior freeze in NJ? Contact the Senior Freeze Information Line at 1-800-882-6597 to request an application or print a copy of Form PTR-1 from the website see link below.
Alternate documents to send as proof can be found in the Senior Freeze FAQ. Note: Applications are mailed beginning on February 25, 2022, to the last address on file. The US Postal Service does not forward application booklets. PTR-1 applicants may print the application. PTR-2 applicants should call the Senior Freeze information line above.
Form PTR-1 is for applicants who are filing for a reimbursement the first time (or who filed an application the previous year that we denied because the applicant did not meet all the eligibility requirements).
Form PTR-2 is a personalized application that are mailed only to those who filed an application and met all the eligibility requirements for a reimbursement the previous year. Form PTR-2 is not available on this website. If you qualify to use Form PTR-2, and you did not receive a personalized application, call the Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline at 1-800-882-6597 to request that one be mailed to you.
You will need to fill out the income information, and then bring the booklet to the tax collector window to have your paid taxes certified by the tax collector. The Division will notify those applicants that they are not eligible.
Members of the public can refer to the following for Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement):
– To ask questions or to order an application: 1-800-882-6597 (8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday–Friday, except State holidays)
– To check the status of a filed application: 1-800-882-6597
– To listen to information: 1-800-323-4400
– In-person assistance at Taxation Regional Offices (8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday–Friday, except State holidays): www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ot1.shtml
– Online information: www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ptr/index.shtml
– Text Telephone Service (TTY/TDD) for Hearing-Impaired Users: 1-800-286-6613 or 609-984-7300
Taxation email address for Senior Freeze and general tax questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Jersey tax payers will soon be receiving filing information mailers for the Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (2019 ANCHOR) – property tax relief program.
The ANCHOR program replaces the Homestead Benefit program and allows for increased eligibility for both homeowners and tenants. The deadline for filing an ANCHOR application is Friday, December 30, 2022. The State of NJ will be mailing out the applications the week of September 19th. Please do not call the State about a missing mailer until at least two weeks after the expected delivery date.
For more information please contact the ANCHOR program at 1-888-238-1233 or online at NJ Division of Taxation – ANCHOR Program
There are two levels of property tax relief in New Jersey, programs administered at the Municipal level, and those that are administered at the State level.
The two programs administered at the Municipal Level are the Senior Citizens’ Deduction and the Veterans’ Deduction. Both give the homeowner a $250 credit on their taxes, beginning in the year that it is first approved. The Veteran’s deduction continues without any annual verification necessary until the Veteran sells the home. If a veteran dies while the deduction is in effect, his or her spouse will receive the Widow of a Veteran unless they marry again. The Senior deduction is based on income, so each year a verification form is mailed out to all the seniors with the deduction, wherein the senior must certify that their income did not exceed the amount allowed in the prior year, and that they believe that it will not exceed the amount in the subsequent year. (Income other than Social Security and other Federal programs must not exceed $10,000.)
All other property tax relief programs are administered by the State of NJ: Homestead Rebate Property Tax
Reimbursement or Senior Freeze
For other programs that may offer you some financial help or other aid, look at the website: NJHelps.org
Veteran’s Property Tax Deduction Claim Form
Click here to view/download the New Veterans Property Tax Deduction Form
Tax Payer Bill of Rights: About New Jersey Taxes New Jersey Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights . Public Law 2017, Chapter 128 . Overview . The Property Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/lpt/LocalPropertyTax.pdf
Tax Assessment The Tax Assessor is a quasi-judicial position, a creature of the Legislature, whose authority is statutory and based in the New Jersey Constitution. The Stillwater Township Tax Assessor holds a Certified Tax Assessor Certificate from the State of New Jersey, Department of the Treasury, Division of Taxation. Although the Tax Assessor is hired and paid by the Municipality, the immediate supervisor of the Tax Assessor is the County Board of Taxation.
The Assessor’s Office The Municipal Tax Assessor is responsible for the following activities:
Tax Appeals A taxpayer does not file an appeal of his/her taxes but rather the assessment. Stillwater Township taxpayers who believe that their assessments do not reflect 100% of true market value as of October 1st, of the pretax year (the assessing date) have the right to file an appeal with the Sussex County Board of Taxation on or before April 1st of the tax year. A Petition of Appeal may be obtained from the Sussex County Tax Board located at the 83 Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860 973-579-0790 or visit http://www.sussex.nj.us/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=7&TPID=862
2023 Farmland Assessment Information and forms:
Deadline to File – August 1, 2022
Farmland Application (FA-1)
Farmland Gross Sales Form (FA-1 GS)
General Farmland Information
The New Jersey Homeowner’s Guide to Property Taxes
The New Jersey Homeowner’s Guide to Property Taxes is provided by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants in partnership with New Jersey Realtors and the Association of Municipal Assessors of New Jersey and is a great publication for all New Jersey homeowners.
Stillwater Township offers residents a Recycling and Convenience Center for household trash and recycling.
Residents are able to view property tax information through the Municipal Software Inc. system. You may find a property by entering the property’s location or block, lot and qualifier.
Stillwater Township posts all information about bids and proposals for township projects on a dedicated page.