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TAX AND WATER BILLS & PAYMENTS

Tax Bills:
Tax bills are due on a quarterly basis.  Tax bills are mailed once a year during the summer.  The bill you receive has 3rd and 4th quarters of the current year, and 1st and 2nd quarters of the following year.  The due dates for each quarter are printed on the payment stubs of the bill, February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.  There is no discount for pre-payment.

There is a ten calendar day grace period each tax quarter for payment of taxes without interest being charged. Failure to pay within that period will result in interest being charged back to the first day of the month. 

NOTE:  When mailing payments, please specify that your payment is for Property Tax.

Tax Rate 2017 (per $100 of Assessed Value):

Tax   Rate per $100 of  Valuation     
County   1.408  24.83 %
County Open Space  0.020  
School  3.092    53.76 %
Local Municipal   1.167  21.41 %
Local Library  0.064   
Total  5.751 100.0%

Receipts:
Remittances requiring a receipt MUST be accompanied by the ENTIRE tax bill and a self addressed, stamped envelope.  Otherwise, it is acceptable to detach the appropriate stub to mail along with your check, and the canceled check will serve as your receipt.

Bills for Added Assessments:
If the Assessor establishes an added assessment on a property for improvements made, the tax bill for the added assessment is mailed in October and due November 1.  These bills are sent to the property owner only, and not to the mortgage holder.  If the mortgage holder normally pays the taxes, the property owner is responsible for ensuring that the taxes are paid. 

Tax Sale:
Each year, there is a Tax Sale for unpaid taxes and other municipal charges from the previous year.  A list is published in the newspaper for four weeks preceding the sale and the cost of advertising is added to the delinquent amount owed. The amounts due, however, may be paid up to the day before the sale in the form of a certified check, cash or money order.  If the delinquent accounts are not cleared and the property goes into the sale, a lien is placed against the property.  If the lien is picked up by the Borough of Hawthorne, foreclosure proceedings will begin six months from the date of the sale.  If an outside buyer picks up the lien, he must hold it for two years from the date of sale before starting foreclosure proceedings.  All liens must be paid by cash, certified check or money order.

Change of Ownership:
Tax bills should be given to the new owner or his paying agent upon closing.  A charge may be imposed for a duplicate bill.  A final water meter reading must be scheduled when there is a change of ownership or tenant. 


Water Bills 
Water Rent Billing Cycle: Quarterly and Due 30 days from date of bill. Please specify your payment is for WATER. 

Water Rates for metered usage (per quarter):

    2014   2015   2016   2017
1st 7,000 gal or part thereof  $33.48  $35.86  $37.29  $38.78
1st 7,000 gal (elig for Sr Citizen tax deduction)  $26,77  $27.84  $28.95  $30.11
Each add'l 1,000 gal (all)    $4.55    $4.73    $4.92    $5.12

NOTE: State Statute R.S.40:62-79 allows water to be shut-off if in arrears for six (6) months, the charges will also go to Tax Sale.  An addiitonal charge of $120.00 - $300.00 will be assessed if service is terminated. 

Louise Siano, Tax Collector & Collector of Water Rents 

For information on Tax Billing & Payments (973) 427-1242
For Information on Water Billing & Payments (973) 304-2060
For Information on Water Service/Issues & Final Readings (973) 427-2378 (DPW)

Collection Hours for Tax and Water Bills: 8:30 am to 4 pm

The Borough now accepts payments by credit card both online and in the Tax Office, and by direct bank debit online only. Convenience fees will be assessed: 2.65% for credit cards (with a $3 minimum), and $1.50 for direct bank debit from a checking or savings account. 

Drop Box for payment of Water & Tax Payments: 
Use our convenient drop box located on the island in the parking lot of the Municipal Building. 

Drive-up drop box


CHECKS ONLY / NO CASH PAYMENTS. Deposit your check and payment stub.The box is emptied twice each day.  Only current payments are to be placed in the box, any delinquent payments must be paid inside the office. Payments are not necessarily recorded on the date placed in the box, but on the date retrieved by the office. Payments placed in the box after 3 pm on weekdays are not deemed to be received by the Borough of Hawthorne until 8:30 am on the following business day.  Payments placed in the box after 3 pm Friday are not deemed to be received until 8:30 am the following Monday.