On April 28th, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 130 which gives towns the option to extend the grace period for property tax payments due on May 1st.
At its May 5th electronic meeting, the Chester Town Council voted on a resolution to extend the current 10-day grace period until May 29, 2020. Please be aware that any penalty and interest for late or non-payment of taxes will be assessed from May 1st.
Under existing law, towns may offer a grace period of up to 10 days after the property tax deadline without interest or penalty being incurred.
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the law was amended to allow towns that have experienced a flood, hurricane, superstorm, tornado or other natural disaster to extend the grace period for up to a month. This Executive Order now allows municipalities to extend the grace period for public health-related emergencies.
This Executive Order does not give municipalities additional time to pay collected taxes to the county and school districts, nor does it give them the option to pay a proportionate amount of taxes collected. Chester Township must pay the full amount owed to the county and schools regardless of our tax collection rate.
Residents are encouraged to pay taxes on time if at all possible. The taxes are how we pay for the police, maintain our roads, and keep our parks in good condition. Taxes can be paid online, or can be dropped off at the drop box outside of the door at Town Hall.