Tax Department

Tax Department

Tax Collector

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.

*****************ESTIMATED TAX BILLS*****************************

Stillwater Township has mailed estimated tax bills for the August 2020 quarter.

Mortgage Pays Bill: If your mortgage company usually pays your tax bill – this bill is for your information only.

Direct Pay: If you pay your tax bill directly to the Township – this is your bill and is due August 1, 2020. There is a ten day grace period (August 10th). If you pay your bill after August 10th the interest charged starts at August 1st.

Your final tax bill will be mailed in the fall once a tax rate is received from Susses County.

Stillwater Township now offers On-line payments via credit card or e-check. 

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. Added Assessment bills for improvements are mailed out in early October each year and are due Nov. 1st.

Property Tax Reimbursement (Senior Freeze)

If you are filing for the first time, you may need to request an application (blue book) at the municipal building.  You will 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.  Only applicants whose 2018 and 2019 income did not exceed $87,007 are eligible to receive a reimbursement payment, provided they meet all the other requirements.   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: nj.taxation@treas.nj.gov

Homestead Rebate Benefit Application News

2017 HOMESTEAD BENEFIT PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is anticipated to negatively impact the State economy, the New Jersey Department of the Treasury has frozen a portion of spending in order to ensure the State can meet its emergency and statutorily required obligations. Regrettably, this includes freezing funding to support the 2017 Homestead Benefit program.As a result, any credits intended to be applied to the May 1st property tax bills, including checks or direct deposit to homeowners who previously sold their home, or owners of continuing care and co-op facilities, can no longer be supported by the State at this time. We empathize with homeowners who depend on these credits, but these proactive steps are necessary at this time. Please continue to check Taxation’s website and Treasury’s homepage for updated information.

The Deadline to File the Latest Homestead Benefit Application for Tax Year 2017 was December 2, 2019.

The Homestead Benefit program provides property tax relief to eligible homeowners. For most homeowners, the benefit is distributed to your municipality in the form of a credit, which reduces your property taxes.

Property Tax Relief Information

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.

Municipal 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.)

State Level
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

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 ASSESSOR

Tax Maps

Click here to view/download tax maps

Tax Assessment Appeals deadlines have been extended due to the Corona Virus.    Click here extension information

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:

  • Location and ownership of all real property in the taxing district; listing and describing property in a manner as prescribed by the Division of Taxation.
  • Determining taxable value of all property in the taxing district.
  • Equalization via district wide revaluation and maintenance and for purposes of State aid to schools.
  • Defense of Appeals – appearances at County Tax Board and State Tax Court.
  • Process and review copies of construction permits and valuation for added and omitted assessments and for COAH fees.
  • Sub-Divisions – assign block and lot numbers and valuation of newly created lot(s).
  • Farmland assessment – valuation, review of applications, inspections, in addition to rollback assessments.
  • Continual Review of Property Cards to ensure accuracy.
  • Deductions – review for qualification pursuant to NJ State Statutes of Veteran, widow, senior & disabled.
  • Exempt Properties – Every third year reviewing all exempt properties and obtaining updated information to ensure qualification.
  • Chapter 75 – Assessment notification post cards mailed annually on or before February 1st of the tax year. The notification shows the current year assessment, the taxes paid in the prior year, and appeal information. If taxpayers have any questions with regard to the assessment, they should contact the Tax Assessor’s office.

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

Farmland Assessment

Click here to view/download 2020 letter from Tax Assessor Penny Holenstein

Click here to view/download 2020 Farmland Assessment forms

Click here for information, adobe fillable forms, eligibility requirements for farmland assessment on the New Jersey State website

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.

Click Here to Download/read the Guide

 

 

COVID-19 Information

Visit the Office of Emergency Management page for links and the latest information

VIEW THE 2020 BUDGET
(Introduced)

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