Division of Tax Collection
Danielle C. Peacock Tax Collector
Telephone: (732) 244-7400 ext 240
Fax: (732) 818-0372
Upon the filing of certified adopted budgets by the Township, the Township's Regional and Local School Districts, and the County, the tax rate is struck by the Ocean County Board of Taxation based on the certified amounts in each of the taxing districts for collection to fund the various budgets. The statutory provision for the assessment of property, levying of taxes and the collection thereof are set forth in N.J.S.A. 54:4 et seq.
The Township mails tax bills annually in June, the first two quarters are estimated tax bills and the last two quarters are adjusted billings to bring about the actual tax billing for the year. The taxes are due February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1 with a ten (10) day grace period for each period.
Tax installments not paid by the due date are subject to 8% interest on the first $1,500.00 of the delinquency and 18% on any amount in excess of $1,500.00. Also, any delinquency exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) pays a six percent (6%) penalty. These interest and penalties are the highest permitted under New Jersey statutes. Delinquent taxes open after the year-end is included in a tax sale in accordance with New Jersey statutes. Tax liens are annually assigned to the Township Attorney for "in-rem foreclosures" in order to acquire title to these properties.
The Township's financial operations were fully computerized. This permits the Township to closely monitor tax collections and delinquencies. If a shortfall occurs in the collections, delinquent notices can be sent immediately. By implementing up to date collection methods, a constant 98.00% collection rate has been achieved.
How To Read Your Tax Bill
The Township of Berkeley sends out tax bills once a year. The first and second quarter, plus the third and fourth quarter will provide the total of the full current year tax amount. The first two quarters are estimated and the last two quarters are adjusted for the total amount of taxes due for the year. Your taxes are based upon the assessed valuation of your property.
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