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Department of Finance

Municipal Building
195 Changebridge Road
Montville, NJ 07045-9498
(973) 331-3300

The Chief Financial Officer receives all funds for the Township and is responsible for depositing all funds in depositories authorized by the Township Committee. All funds are invested safely or deposited in interest-bearing accounts. The Chief Financial Officer must keep an accurate accounting of all cash receipts and disbursements and be prepared to furnish the Township Committee with a statement of all monies received and expended if requested. All checks and vouchers are processed in the Finance Office for payment of salaries, wages and expenses of Township officers and employees. The Chief Financial Officer is also the Purchasing Agent for the Township. Purchasing responsibilities are centralized within this office and include purchasing, storing and distributing supplies, materials, equipment and contracts for services required by municipal departments. Most purchases are covered by bids, proposals, contracts or by the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.

Tax Assessment — (973) 331-3308

The Tax Assessor is responsible for identifying, listing and valuing all real properties within the Township. Sales, income and cost data are analyzed in order to determine the assessed value of each property included on the Tax List, which is presented to the Morris County Board of Taxation each January. This Tax List also includes a directory for property identification, information concerning exempt properties, tax data and a schedule of all tax ratables within the Township.

All appeals of assessed value must be filed with the Morris County Board of Taxation by April 1 of each year. Petitions of appeal with instructions may be obtained at the County office, located in the Hall of Records, Court Street, Morristown, NJ 07963 or by calling (973) 285-6707. In order to appeal the assessment, the petitioner must provide evidence by way of comparable sales in their area. The Tax Assessor and the Township Attorney appear to defend the assessment on behalf of the taxing district.

Senior citizens and disabled persons wishing to apply for a $250 deduction in taxes may contact the Assessor's Office for an application. Annual income cannot exceed $10,000, excluding Social Security payments. Eligible homeowners are those who are at least 65 years of age. Veterans who were honorably discharged and actively served during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, the Panama, Lebanon or Grenada Peacekeeping Missions, Vietnam War, Korean War, World War I or World War II may apply for a $250 deduction.

Tax Collector — (973) 331-3310

The Tax Collector is charged with the receipt and collection of all local property taxes, both current and delinquent. All tax revenues are remitted to the Director of Finance. It is important to note that the municipal portion of a Montville property owner's obligation is a small portion of the total obligation. Three other public taxing entities, the Montville Public School District, the County of Morris and the three fire districts develop and adopt their own budgets which must also be supported by the local property tax. (The school and fire district budgets are subject to voter approval.) Both the Township of Montville and the County of Morris, by voter referendum, initiated dedicated open space trust funds which are also part of the local tax bill. New Jersey law requires that the municipal tax collector serve as the billing and collection agency for all four entities.

Real property taxes are due on February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. The Township Committee has passed a resolution which allows for a ten-day grace period. Any real property tax payments received after the tenth calendar day after the due date are considered late and interest will be charged as follows:

  • On all unpaid and delinquent taxes, the rate of 8% per annum is charged on the first $1,500 of the delinquent payment and 18% per annum on any amount in excess of $1,500.
  • On all unpaid and delinquent improvement assessments, the rate of 8% per annum is charged on the first $1,500 of the delinquent payment and 12% per annum on any amount in excess of $1,500.
  • No interest shall be charged on taxes if payment is made within 10 calendar days after the date upon which the same becomes payable.
  • As authorized by state law, N.J.S.A., 54:5-61, a penalty of 6% (over and above the late fee) is charged for any delinquent payment in excess of $10,000 if the delinquent payment is not made prior to the end of the calendar year.
  • As authorized by state law, N.J.S.A., an additional penalty of 4% is charged when taxes, interest and the costs of a Tax Sale Certificate exceed $5,000 and 6% when the sum exceeds $10,000.
  • There is a $5 charge for duplicate bills.

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