Chesilhurst Taxes & Utilities

Tax Information & Resources

If you have questions in regard to your utility or tax bills, please feel free to contact Joann Watson of our Tax Department. Or if you would like to pay your utility or taxes online, please click the link below.

Tax Collector

Joann Watson

Tax Assessor

Teri Stagliano

Pay Your Taxes & Utility Bills Online

You can now pay for things online, like your property taxes or your water and sewer utility bills.

When will I receive a new tax bill?

Tax bills are normally mailed in July. Each bill contains four (4) tear off stubs for the 3rd and 4th quarters of the current year and the 1st and 2nd quarters of the next year. Original bills are mailed to those who pay their own taxes, and to banks and mortgage companies. Property owners who pay their taxes through their mortgage company, receive an advice copy of the tax bill. The advice copy can be used to make a tax payment if the mortgage has been paid off by the property owner. Please notify the tax office if your mortgage is paid off so that we may update our records.

When are taxes due?

Taxes are due on the first day of February, May, August

What programs are available to reduce property taxes?

The State of New Jersey offers two programs; one for Senior and Disabled and one for Veterans. Each deduction reduces taxes by $250.00 per year.

There is also an exemption for disable Veterans where the disability was caused by their service in the armed forces.

Veterans must be honorably discharged from the armed forces, own the property for which the deduction is being sought, and have an active service time of war. Applications are available at the Tax Collector’s office, Tax Assessor’s office and online at www.state.nj.us/treasury. Widow(er)s may also the claim the deduction.

Disable Veterans may request an exemption from property tax payment.

Applications are available in the tax Assessor’s office, the Tax Collector’s Office and online at www.state.nj.us/treasury. Restrictions apply.

Senior Citizens must be 65 years old and reside in the property for which the deduction is being sought and meet income requirements. The annual income (including spouse/civil union partner combined) will not exceed $10,000 after a permitted exclusion of Social Security Benefits, or Federal Government Retirement/Disability Pension or State, County, Municipal Government. Widow(er)s of eligible seniors may claim the deduction as well, if certain criteria are met. Disabled citizens must meet the criteria for Seniors, except for age. They must be receiving Social Security disability payments and provide award letter.

The State of New Jersey offers two programs; Homestead Rebate and Property Tax Reimbursement (blue booklet). These programs are contingent upon the State budget. These forms are available online at www.state.nj.us/treasury.

The Homestead Rebate is offered to seniors and to those whose income is below a set level.

The Property Tax Reimbursement program (senior freeze or blue book) is for Seniors age 65 or over or disabled persons who have resided in New Jersey for at least ten years and in the same residence for the last three years. There are income requirements. You must prove that you paid your taxes for the prior year by sending proof of payment or by the Tax Collector completing a form included in your booklet. New applications are available in the Tax Collector’s office or by calling the number below.

You may call 1-8888-238-1233 with questions on the Homestead Rebate, or 1-877-223-1312 for the Property Tax Reimbursement Program.

What I the interest rate on late payments?

Interest rate is 8% per annum on the first $1500 delinquency; balances in excess of $1500 have an interest rate of 18% per annum. The 18% remains in place until the account is brought current.

My taxes are too high-what can I do?

Property taxes are determined by multiplying the Borough tax rate to the assessed value of your property. Every property pays the same tax rate; however, property values can be different. To lower your assessed value, you must file a tax appeal between Feb 1st and April 1st. Forms are available in the office of the Tax Collector and Tax Assessor. The Tax Assessor.

Is there a grace period?

Yes, the Borough allows ten (10) calendar days of grace. If the tenth day falls on a holiday or weekend, the grace period is extended to the next business day. During August, the grace period may be extended beyond the tenth. If this occurs you will be notified.

I didn’t receive a tax bill why am I being charged interest?

NJSA 54:4-64 states that failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax due. If you recently purchased the property or lost your tax bill, please contact the tax office.

How can I pay my taxes?

Taxes can be paid with cash, check, certified check, or money order. If you are mailing, please give a few days for the check to reach us. Postmarks are not accepted.
If you use your bank’s online payment feature, please be advised that a check is cut and mailed to us by the bank. Please use 7-10 days for the payment to reach us.

You may also pay online. Please see the link on this webpage. Read the link as there are fees to pay online.

Once the Tax Sale process begins only cash, certified or money order will be accepted.

If you require a receipt please mail your entire bill with your payment along with a stamped self-addressed
envelope. Your bill will be receipted and mailed back to you.

How are taxes computed?

The total tax levy to be collected is the sum of local budget and budgets of local and regional school boards, county, library, and open space programs.

This figure is divided by the total assessments in the Borough to produce the tax rate. That tax rate is then applied to individual assessments.

What is a Tax Sale?

A Tax Sale is a sale of a lien on the property (not a sale of the property).

NJ statute requires all municipalities to hold a Tax Sale annually. When there are unpaid balances from municipal, county, or state charges, i.e. taxes, property maintenance, sewer, or Camden County Municipal Utility Authority (CCMUA) from the preceding year, the property is included in the Tax Sale. The date of the Tax Sale is determined by the Tax Collector. If your property is going to Tax Sale notices will be sent to the address on file in our most recent tax duplicate and will be advertised in either the Courier-Post or Central Record.

When are the sewer bills mailed?

They are mailed once a year. They are normally mailed in January.

When are the sewer bills due?

They are due March 1st, June 1st, September 1st, and December 1st.

Is there a grace period?

Yes, there is a ten-day grace period.

How can I pay my sewer?

Sewer can be paid with cash, check, certified check, money order. If you are emailing please give a few days for the bill to reach us, as we do not accept postmark. If you use your bank’s online payment feature please be advised that a check is cut and mailed to us by the bank. Please allow 7-10 days for the payment to reach us.

You may also pay online. Please see the link on this webpage. Read the link as there are fees to pay online.

How do I change my mailing address?

Any change of address must be in writing. Download Change of Address PDF

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