Deputy Tax Collector
***E-Bills are available for your SEWER accounts. If you would like to receive an email instead of a paper sewer bill in the mail, please send an email email@example.com subject line "E-Bill Request" and include your name and property address.***
The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing, collection and reporting of taxes for all non-exempt Township properties. Additionally, we bill, collect and report sewer user fees for all properties within the Bernards Township Sewerage Authority area.
Property taxes are based on the assessor's valuation of real property and levied for the calendar year. The taxes for the Township, local school district, county purposes and both local and county open space are combined into one levy that is apportioned on the tax bill by rate and amount for taxpayer information only. Taxes levied for purposes of the local school district cover the current calendar year.
The Tax Collector collected 99.00% of the total tax levy in 2022. The Tax Collection division services 10,678 tax accounts and 7,227 sewer accounts as of 1-1-23.
- Bernards Township's tax rate for 2022 is as follows:
- County Tax $ 0.312
- County Open Space $ 0.031
- District School $ 1.335
- Municipal Tax $ 0.299
- Municipal Library $ 0.034
- Total Rate 2022 $2.011
Final 2023/Preliminary 2024 Tax Bills are expected to be mailed by mid-July 2023.
Please contact our office for information concerning veteran deductions and senior/disabled deductions.
***Please note, postmark dates are not an indication of receipt by the Tax Collector. Physical custody by the Tax Collector determines receipt for our purposes.***
Taxes are due on the first of February, May, August and November of each year.
There is a ten calendar day grace period for each, with all payments due in our office no later than the 10th of the month they are due.
Sewer bills are billed in mid-December due January 1 and mid June, due July 1.
Sewer user fees have a 30 day grace and must be received in our office no later than the 30th calendar day in the month they are due.
Bernards Township does not accept postmark for tax and sewer payments.
Yes, tax and sewer payments may be made online. Click here for more details.
You will have three options to pay. The first option is an automatic clearing house (ACH) withdrawal from your checking or savings account. This is a free service and can be accessed by block and lot and banking information. Secondly, you can pay with a credit card for a convenience fee and third, by authorizing a direct withdrawal. You will need your block and lot or sewerage bill account number to access your information.
Veteran/Widow of a veteran deduction-must be an honorably discharged veteran from a specified time frame and a New Jersey resident. For a veteran deduction, proof of discharge will be needed. For a widow of a veteran, included with the above, a copy of the marriage and death certificate will be needed to accompany the application.
Senior deduction is for residents 65 years of age or older as of October 1 of the pre tax year, living in the residence they wish to claim, and their income does not exceed $10,000 a year, excluding some or all of their social security or certain pensions. Applications for either deduction can be picked up at the Collector's office.