The office of the Tax Collector is responsible for the billing, reporting, enforcing, and collecting of taxes for all non-exempt Township properties.
Property taxes are based on the assessed valuation of real property. The taxes for the Township, local school district, regional school district, and county are combined into one levy and is apportioned on the tax bill by the tax rate.
Chester Township’s tax rate for 2020 is as follows:
|County Open Space Tax||.008|
|Regional School Tax||.574|
|Local School Tax||1.000|
|Local Municipal Tax||.476|
|Local Open Space Tax||.020|
|Local Municipal Library||.034|
|Total Rate for 2019||$2.373|
|Per $100 of assessed valuation|
Property taxes are levied as of January 1. Tax bills are issued annually in July. It is a final bill for the current year and a preliminary bill for the next year. It includes four quarterly installments. The payments are due February 1, May 1. August 1, and November 1. There is a 10 day grace period. If taxes are received after the due date, interest is accrued at 8% for the first $1,500 and 18% over $1,500. Interest is charged from the original due date. There is also a 6% penalty on any delinquency in excess of $10,000 at the end of the fiscal year. Any taxes not paid by the end of the year are subject to Tax Sale. The sale may be held at anytime after the current fiscal year.
The Tax Collector’s Office allows for a ten (10) day grace period for the payment of taxes. The payment date is the date the payment is received in the tax collector’s office, not the postmarked date, NJ State Statute prohibits the receipt of postmarked payments.
Failure to receive a tax bill does NOT exempt homeowners from paying taxes or accruing interest on any delinquencies. If a tax bill has not been received or has been misplaced, please contact the Tax Collector or check the balance of the taxes that are owed online at www.chestertownship.org .
Tax bills are sent to new homeowners upon receipt of deed change information received from the County of Morris. This information could take up to three months to reach the Tax Collector. Residents selling their home are requested to provide tax information to the new owners at the time of closing.
Applications for tax deductions may be obtained from the office of the Tax Collector or Tax Assessor.
There is a lock box at the municipal building side door so that payments can be dropped off at the municipal building any time, even after business hours or on weekends. Please do not put cash in the lock box; just checks.