New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy has issued a State Executive Order #130 providing for the grace period for 2nd quarter property taxes due on May 1st, 2020, to be extended no later than June 1st, 2020.

Last week, Manchester officials announced that a “relief period” for 2nd quarter property taxes would be extended to June 30th with zero percent interest for delinquent payments in an effort to provide relief due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, given Governor Murphy’s request for uniformity, we needed to make an additional change.

The Manchester Township Council adopted resolutions 20-227 and 20-228 on May 1, 2020, rescinding the previous enabling resolutions, to be filed with the Division of Local Government Services. The resolutions allow the 2nd quarter property tax grace period to be extended to June 1, 2020 with zero percent interest for payments made from the May 1st due date through the extended grace period ending on June 1, 2020.

If by June 1st, the payments for 2nd quarter property taxes should remain unpaid, interest will be charged in accordance with the normal statutory requirements.

If the grace period should be extended further by the Governor, township officials are willing to address the new extension at that time.

The Mayor and Council are committed to providing our residents with latitude in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor and Council are limited by strict state and federal guidelines in providing relief to taxpayers under the current State of Emergency and will continue to seek every legal means of relief for our residents.