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.
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.
The Division of Taxation began mailing applications for the 2016 Property Tax Reimbursement, (Senior Freeze) on February 17, 2017, to senior citizens and disabled residents. Please Note: an extension has been issued and the deadline for filing an application is now OCTOBER 18, 2017. (The original date to file was June 1, 2017.) If you do not receive a booklet, you can call the number below and order one, or you may come to the municipal building and request a book. The reimbursement will be paid by check sometime in late 2017.
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 2015 and 2016 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligible Sussex County homeowners should receive the Homestead Benefit Rebate Application Packet on or about September 21st in the mail or by email for those who requested electronic applications last year. The deadline for filing is Thusday, November 30, 2017. The Homestead Benefit Internet filing application on the Division of Taxation website and automated telephone filing system (1-877-658-2972) will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the filing period.
Homeowners may be eligible for the 2015 Homestead Benefit if they meet the following conditions:
– Their permanent legal residence was in New Jersey.
– Owned and occupied a home in New Jersey that was their principal residence on October 1, 2014.
– Had NJ gross income for 2015 that was not more than $150,000 for homeowners who were 65 or older or disabled; and not more than $75,000 for homeowners who were under age 65 and not disabled. The income limits apply to a single individual, a married/civil union couple living in the same residence, and a married/civil union partner maintaining a residence separate from their spouse/civil union partner.
– The home was subject to local property taxes, and the 2015 property taxes were paid. (The State Budget requires that the benefit amount be calculated using 2006 property taxes.)
– Due to the income requirements many homeowners will not receive applications for 2015. Most homeowners who do qualify will receive the benefit as a credit on a future property tax bill.
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
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
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.