Chester Township
1 Parker Road
Chester, New Jersey 07930
908-879-5100

Estimated Tax Bills

June 11, 2020 – Chester Township residents recently received estimated tax bills in the mail. This estimate was necessary because the state budget has been postponed due to the Coronavirus, and we will not receive a tax rate for several more months.
In order to generate an estimated tax bill, the Township must determine a tax rate based upon the available data at the time.  The amount cannot be less than 95% of last year’s tax rate and cannot be greater than 105%.   The amount that Chester calculated was 1.91% greater than last year’s rate (essentially 101.38% of the total taxes).  This is only an estimated percentage.
When the final tax rates are struck in the 4th quarter, everyone’s taxes will be adjusted accordingly so that each resident is billed for the balance of what is owed for the year.
Even though the Township taxes are not increasing, we are only a small percentage of the overall tax rate.  The school taxes are the biggest driver of any potential tax increase.  At the time the estimated tax rate calculation was prepared we did not yet know the final budgets for the schools and the County.  Therefore the Township estimated a potential 2% increase for each of the schools and a 1.75% increase for the County of Morris.

Homestead Benefit Program Suspended due to COVID-19

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.

Toni Theesfeld
Phone:  (908) 879-5100 ext. 818
Hours: Monday-Friday 9-4:30
Emailttheesfeld@chestertownship.org


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 Tax $0.261
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.

County program available to protect yourself from fraud

Morris County has a service that provides you with an alert if someone files a lien on your property.  This is a fast-growing source of fraud, and normally a resident would not know if a lien is filed until he or she goes to refinance or sell the property.
Visit http://mcclerksng.co.morris.nj.us/PropertyAlert/ for more information and to register for the program.

Direct Withdrawal of Tax Payments

Chester Township is now offering Direct Withdrawal for tax payments. This will allow tax payments to be deducted from a homeowner’s checking account each quarter when taxes are due. Application must be received 30 days prior to the due date.
Click here for an application.

Links

NJ Homeowner’s Guide to Property Taxes

NJ Division of Taxation
More information about New Jersey tax programs.

View and/or Print Tax Maps
This site allows you to view and/or tax map pages.

Assessed Valuation
Look up your home’s assessed value on this site.