Tax Collector

The 2017 FINAL/2018 PRELIMINARY tax bills were mailed on July 24, 2017.  The 2017 tax rate is $2.353 per hundred. 
 

The amounts due for the 2017 3rd and 4th quarters and the 2018 1st and 2nd quarters are included on this bill.  On the top right corner of this bill is your total 2017 taxes and shows any deductions you may have received. 
  
The 2016 tax rate was $2.329 per hundred. 
The 2015 tax rate was $2.247 per hundred.
 

Please note that our office does not send out statements of taxes paid for the prior year.  You must use your receipts, cancelled checks or mortgage statement along with your tax bill for income tax purposes.  If you purchased or sold your property during the year, you would also have to utilize your closing papers for any pro-rated amounts. 

PAYMENTS
Payments can be accepted in person or by mail only at this time.  Checks should be made payable to Township of Stafford-Taxes.  If you are paying through your bank online, include your Block/Lot/Qual number as your account number and allow enough time for your bank to send the check to our office. 
To avoid interest, payments must be received in our office by the 10th of the month due.  If the 10th falls on a weekend or holiday, the next business day is the end of the grace period.
There are also drop boxes located near the parking lot in the back of the building and inside the lobby.  Payments deposited in the boxes by 3:00 p.m. are receipted on that day.  Payments deposited after 3:00 p.m. are receipted on the next business day.
 
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 TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE STAFF
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Margaret B. Favorito, CTC - Tax Collector
Nichole M. Erdin, CTC - Deputy Tax Collector
Kim Teschlog - Principal Tax Clerk
Sue Philhower, CTC - Principal Tax Clerk
Gina M. Schreier, CTC - Clerk/Bookkeeper

MAILING ADDRESS:
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP
TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE
260 EAST BAY AVENUE
MANAHAWKIN NJ  08050

609-597-1000 Ext. 8551
609-242-8221 Fax

Overview


Stafford Township is a calendar year municipality.  The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing, collection, reporting and enforcement of taxes. Tax bills are normally mailed in June or July each year. They have the third and fourth quarters of the current year and the first and second quarters of the next year. The tax bill contains the portion of taxes that we collect for the schools and county as well as the municipal taxes.

Property taxes are due on February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from paying taxes or the interest due on delinquent taxes. The governing body has granted a 10 day grace period on each quarter. Therefore, payments must be received in our office on or before the 10th. When the 10th falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the grace period is extended to the next business day.

The Tax Collector is a statutory officer of the State of New Jersey and is obligated to comply with all State Statutes regarding property tax collection including billing, due dates, interest on delinquent tax payments and tax sale procedures.
Assessments
The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of taxes. The Tax Assessor is responsible for establishing the taxable value of your property. If you have any questions regarding the assessed value of your property please contact the Tax Assessor’s Office, 609-597-1000 ext. 8546 or by email.

Appeals


Property owners may file an appeal if they want to dispute the assessed value of their property. Appeals must be filed by April 1st of the current year with the County Board of Taxation. Appeals for added or omitted assessments must be filed by December 1st of the current year. Appeal forms and information is available from The Ocean County Board of Taxation, Ocean County Courthouse, located at the corner of Washington Street and Hooper Avenue in Toms River. You may call the office of the Board of Taxation at 732-929-2008.

Interest Charged on Unpaid Taxes


Any taxes remaining unpaid after the 10th of February, May, August and November are subject to interest at the rate of 8% per year for delinquencies up to $1,500 and 18% per year for delinquencies over $1,500. Please note that once a delinquency reaches the 18% threshold the account must be paid up to date before interest reverts back to 8%. Any account with a current year delinquency together with accrued interest totaling $10,000 or more on December 31st is subject to an additional 6% year end penalty. Call the Tax Collector at 609-597-1000 ext. 8551 to determine the correct amount of interest to submit with any delinquent tax payment prior to sending the payment.

Tax Sale


Any tax delinquency for the current year remaining delinquent on November 11th will be subject to tax sale. The tax sale includes delinquent taxes as well as delinquent water/sewer and all municipal charges as dictated by New Jersey statutes. When a property is included in the tax sale, a lien is sold for the amount of the eligible municipal charges together with interest to the date of the tax sale and costs of sale. Interest rates for liens sold may be as high as 18%. Depending on the amount of the lien sold there are additional penalties of 2%, 4% or 6% charged. The lien holder, under certain circumstances, may also be entitled to legal fees as well. Lien holders may pay any subsequent tax or water and sewer charges and add these charges to the original lien. Interest accrues on the original lien as well as any subsequent charges paid by the lien holder. The sale of a tax lien on a property does not give the purchaser of the certificate any rights of ownership or to trespass on the property. This is acquired by the foreclosure process. A lien holder may begin to foreclose on the property 2 years after the purchase of the tax sale certificate. If the certificate was not purchased by an outside lien buyer at the tax sale, the Township would be the lien holder and may begin the foreclosure process in as little as 6 months from the tax sale date.

Redemption & Change of Address


Fill out the Redemption Request Form (PDF) and fax to (609) 242-8221 or email to Redemptions@staffordnj.gov - Redemptions are calculated in the order they are received and there is a 3-day turn-around for all requests. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:5-54, only a person with legal interest in a property can redeem a Tax Sale Certificate. This form must be completed to obtain redemption figures. Once a lien is redeemed, the canceled certificate will be sent to the redeeming party who must then have the cancellation recorded with the Ocean County Clerk's Office. 
    
ELECTRONIC REDEMPTION REQUEST FORM
PROOF OF LEGAL INTEREST MUST BE EMAILED OR FAXED IN ORDER FOR REQUEST TO BE PROCESSED.
 
Please note: Change of address must be in writing signed by the property owner. Changing your mailing address for taxes will also change your mailing address for water and sewer bills.

Mail the change of address form (PDF) to 260 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 or fax to us at 609-242-8221.

SUBMIT ELECTRONIC CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORM