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  1. I have a change of mailing address, or a misspelling of my name on my bill – what should I do?
  2. What is the difference between the Tax Collector and the Tax Assessor?
  3. How much is the penalty for late payment of Water & Sewer billings?
  4. How and where can I make Tax Payments?
  5. If I lose my property tax bill, can I get another copy?
  6. Can I pay my Tax Payment or Utility Payments online or by credit card?
  7. How much is the penalty for late payment of property taxes?
  8. What portion of my tax bill supports the municipality?
  9. How is the Tax Bill calculated?
  10. Are the cards we receive in January proof of payment of taxes?
  11. My mortgage company no longer pays my property taxes on my behalf – what should I do?
  12. I feel that my taxes are too high in comparison to similar properties in town – what can I do?
  13. What is a Tax Sale and when is it held?
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1. I have a change of mailing address, or a misspelling of my name on my bill – what should I do?

If you have had a change in your mailing address, you must inform us in writing. Please note your name, address, block and lot, and note both the former address and the revised one. Sign and date the letter and mail to: Borough of Stanhope Tax Collector, 77 Main Street, Stanhope, NJ 07874, or drop off the letter at Borough Hall, to the attention of the Tax Collector. The Tax Collector will see that the information is passed on to the proper authority.

If there is a misspelling on your Water & Sewer Bill only, please make note of the correct spelling and send a written note as above to Toni Grisaffi, Water & Sewer Collector.

If the error is on your tax bill, this means that the spelling is incorrect at the county level, and may mean that your deed is incorrect. Please contact the Tax Assessor, Maureen Kaman, to find out what information will be required to make the correction to your record. Her number is (973) 347-0159 Ext. 31.


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2. What is the difference between the Tax Collector and the Tax Assessor?

The Tax Assessor is responsible for the values assessed to your property, while the Tax Collector is responsible for the billing, collection and enforcement of property taxes based on that value. If you have problems with your bill, payments or receipting of payments, speak to the Tax Collector. For issues related to the value of your home or for filing an appeal, speak to the Tax Assessor.


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3. How much is the penalty for late payment of Water & Sewer billings?

Utility Charges are due and payable quarterly within 30 days of the billing date, after which time they are delinquent and subject to interest at the rate of 8% on the first $1500 and 18% over $1500. Interest charges accrue beginning the first day after the due date.


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4. How and where can I make Tax Payments?

Payments may be made in person, in the drop box on the front door of the Municipal Building, or by mail. Your cancelled check is your receipt. If you cannot come to the tax office, and wish to have a receipt, mail your entire tax bill with payment and a self addressed stamped envelope.


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5. If I lose my property tax bill, can I get another copy?

Property Tax bills are mailed out once per year, usually in mid-July, with (4) coupons attached. All property tax bills can be used to make payments, but note that when your mortgage pays for your taxes on your behalf, your bill will be imprinted “For Advice Only”. If you lose your bill or for some reason did not receive your bill, please notify the Tax Collector as soon as possible. Non-receipt of a bill is not a valid excuse for non-payment.


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6. Can I pay my Tax Payment or Utility Payments online or by credit card?

We do not accept credit cards at this time, nor do we currently have the ability to accept payments online. You can however use your own online banking to make payments. Please note on your check stubs your block, lot and qualifier number so that we can accurately apply your payment. It is also helpful to note whether the payment is for taxes or water & sewer, since some payments are similar in size and we do not want to post your payment to the wrong place. When using online banking, please note that the bank is still mailing a check to us – please leave sufficient time for your check to reach our office. The date of receipt is the date of payment - we do not accept postmarks.


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7. How much is the penalty for late payment of property taxes?

Taxes are due and payable quarterly on the first day of February, May, August and November, after which time they are delinquent and subject to interest at the rate of 8% on the first $1500 and 18% over $1500. You have a 10-day grace period to pay taxes with no penalty, after which interest will accrue back to the actual due date. If the 10-day grace period falls on a Saturday or Sunday, you may make payment by 4:30 pm on the next business day with no penalty.


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8. What portion of my tax bill supports the municipality?

Approximately 28% of your tax bill is for the support of the Local Municipal Budget, 17% supports the County of Sussex, 35% supports the Local School District, and the remaining 20% supports the Regional (Lenape Valley) School District. The County bill includes County Health Services, County Library, Open Space and General County Expenditures.


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9. How is the Tax Bill calculated?

Each year the Municipality, Board of Education, and County must introduce and pass their individual budgets, and once they are all completed, the year’s tax rate is verified by the County. Most municipalities are on a calendar year cycle. Since the 3 budgets are not completed until approximately May or June, bills are not mailed until July of the budget year, by the Tax Collector. Thus, you receive a bill labeled “200X FINAL/200Y PRELIMINARY TAX BILL”. The tax bill includes 4 stubs that are laid out in the order in which they are due, to make it easy to tear off the stub for inclusion with your payment. The quarters on the bill are the FINAL 2 quarters of the current year, and the PRELIMINARY 2 quarters for the next year. The current year’s tax rate is multiplied by your property value, and the result is the total tax due for the current year. The first two calendar quarters (billed the previous year) are then subtracted from that total, and the balance is divided between the final two calendar quarters – due August 1 and November 1. That is why that portion of the bill is considered “FINAL”. The total tax for the current year is then divided by half, and half of that amount is then due in each of the first two quarters of the following year. Thus, the wording “PRELIMINARY” is on your tax bill.


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10. Are the cards we receive in January proof of payment of taxes?

Each January you receive a card from the Tax Assessor, intended to inform you of your PROPERTY VALUE, in case you wish to file an appeal of your value. The amount of your prior year’s taxes has been printed on the card, but it merely indicates the amount of taxes that would be due on that value. Even someone who has been delinquent in their taxes all year will receive a card with the full amount of taxes listed on it. The card is NOT proof of paid taxes. It is NOT mailed for that purpose.


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11. My mortgage company no longer pays my property taxes on my behalf – what should I do?

Please notify our office if your mortgage holder is no longer responsible for payment of your property taxes. We will need to change the coding of your account so that you receive the original copy of your tax bill, but note that the ADVICE COPY of your bill has all the information on it and may be used for payments. You are ultimately responsible for the payment of your property taxes, so please advise this office if you need a copy of your bill or are unsure of how much is due or when payments are due.


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12. I feel that my taxes are too high in comparison to similar properties in town – what can I do?

Your taxes are based on the value of your home, and therefore if you feel that your taxes are too high, you must appeal the value of your property. We recommend that you speak to the Tax Assessor before you consider filing an appeal, or whenever you feel that your property value is not correct. The Tax Assessor can go over your property record card with you, and help you to understand how your property value is determined. If you decide to file an appeal, please note that all appeals must be filed with the Sussex County Board of Taxation, 83 Spring Street, Suite 301, Newton, N.J. 07860 on or before April 1st of the Current Tax Year, (per N.J.S.A. 54:3-21).


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13. What is a Tax Sale and when is it held?

A Tax Sale is held each year when there are prior year delinquent property taxes and/or water & sewer charges. The sale is usually held sometime after September of the year, in the Meeting Room of Borough Hall. We are not selling your property, but we are selling a lien on your property for the amount of delinquent charges as well as interest and penalties. The Borough of Stanhope will sell the lien at auction to interested parties at a rate not to exceed 18%, and you will have two years in which to pay back the lien or potentially face foreclosure by the lien holder. During the two year period following the Tax Sale, the lien holder will have the right to make subsequent payments on your delinquent billings, and they will accrue interest on those payments made on the resident’s behalf. To redeem the lien, the homeowner will need to pay all charges at one time – no payment plan is available on the redemption of a lien.


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