Finance

Finance Department

The Finance Department is responsible for the receipt, disbursement and accounting of all municipal funds.

Services

  • Receives all Funds
  • Disburses all Funds
  • Interaction with Vendors
  • Interaction with Department Heads, Administrator and Council
  • Daily Maintenance of Municipal Budget

Tax Assessor Office

In compliance with state statutes, as well as procedures set forth by the County Board of Taxation, the Assessor values and assesses all real property in Raritan Borough for the purpose of equitable distribution of the real property tax requirements of the municipality, as well as the school system and county government.

State law requires the Tax Assessor to assess all real property on a yearly basis by October 1st. The Tax Assessor is responsible for the maintenance of ownership lists and property transfers. The Tax Assessor also represents the township in all tax appeals.

View the Borough's Tax Map Here

Tax Deduction Information For New Jersey Residents

You may be eligible for one of more of the following tax deductions. If you have not already applied and you meet the requirements, you can pick up an application from your local Tax Assessor, Tax Collector or find it online at the New Jersey State Department of Taxation website. (link to www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation) To download a claim form for Senior Citizen, Disabled Person or Veteran deductions, Click on "Forms", then "Property Tax Relief Programs", then "Other Property Tax Benefits".

Senior Citizen Deduction

To be eligible for this deduction you must be age 65 or over as of December 31st of pre-tax year.

Ownership and / or life rights to the property, as well as claiming the property in question as your principal residence as of October 1 of the pre-tax year.

Income limit of $10,000.00 or less after the exclusion of ONE of the following: Social Security, railroad retirement or government pension (limit is maximum Social Security amount). Include income of spouse.

Surviving spouse may also be eligible, but must be 55 years old or older and not remarried.

Permanently or Totally Disabled Persons Deduction

Must meet all the requirements of the senior deduction except age requirement. The applicant must have been declared permanently and totally disabled by Social Security (form SSA-30) or by a physician.

If you are receiving a Senior Citizen or Disabled deduction, you must file an Annual Post Tax Year Statement on or before March 1st of the post tax year.

Veteran Deduction

Must have had active wartime service in the US Armed Forces and been honorably discharged (copy of DD214). Must be a citizen and resident of N.J. and have owned the property by October 1 of the pre-tax year. Wartime service dates are listed on application.

Surviving spouse must comply with the above and not be remarried. The Veteran had to have been a resident of the State of New Jersey at the time of his/her death.

100% Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption

100% Totally and permanently Disabled Veterans and surviving spouses of Disabled Veterans who have not remarried may be exempt from property taxes if they meet all the requirements. Requirements include:

  • Active wartime service in the US Armed Forces
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Ownership and occupancy of dwelling as principal residence
  • Must be a citizen and domiciliary resident of New Jersey
  • Have a United States Veterans Administration certification of wartime service-connected disability as described on the form or other wartime service-connected disability that is totally disabling and 100% permanent in accordance with the VA Schedule and not so evaluated because of hospitalization or surgery and recuperation.
  • Surviving spouse of veteran who died on active wartime duty may also qualify.

Property Tax Reimbursement (Freeze)

Homeowners, age 65 or older, or receiving Social Security disability benefits, who paid property taxes on their principal residence in New Jersey may be eligible. Applicants must be NJ residents for at least the past ten years, lived in the home for which reimbursement is claimed for at least the last three years, and meet certain income limits. Applicants must meet all requirements for both the base year and the reimbursement year.

For more information regarding Property Tax Reimbursement please call 1 (800) 882-6597

Tax Collector

The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of Property Taxes, delinquency notices, and the calculation of interest on delinquencies.

Services

  • Property Tax Payment
  • Property Ownership Information
  • History of Tax Payments collected per property

Pay Your Taxes Online

If you would like to pay with a credit card or through your checking account please go to the online payment website.

Please note that there is an additional charge for this service. You can also obtain your block and lot information when you are making the payment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Q

    Can I pay my taxes online?

    A

    Yes, you can go directly to the online payment website to pay your taxes online. Please note that there is an additional charge for this service.

  • Q

    Are my property taxes current?

    A

    You can now access your property information on line.

  • Q

    When are property taxes due?

    A

    1st Quarter – February 1st , 2nd Quarter – May 1st, 3rd Quarter – August 1st, 4th Quarter – November 1st. . Payments are considered received the day they are delivered by the post office to the municipal building, not by the date postmarked on the envelope. Therefore, please make sure you mail your payments and provide sufficient time for delivery.

  • Q

    What is the grace period before interest is charged?

    A

    Each quarter has a 10 day grace period, after which interest will be assessed. Interest: is calculated at 8% for the 1st $1,500.00 of delinquent taxes and 18% for any amount over that. If by December 31st there is a balance owing of more than $10,000.00 including interest, a "YEAR END PENALTY" of 6% will be assessed.

  • Q

    When does a Tax Sale occur?

    A

    Any unpaid delinquent taxes due from the prior year which are still owing, the property may be subject to "TAX SALE".

Finance Department

Chief Financial Officer:

Location:
22 First St. Main Floor
Raritan, New Jersey 08869

Tel: (908) 231-1300

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Tax Assessor Office

Tax Assessor:

Location:
22 First St.
Raritan, New Jersey 08869

Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:30am-12pm
Wednesday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

Tel: (908) 231-1300 ext.19

Tax Collector

Location:
22 First St.
Raritan, New Jersey 08869

Tel: (908) 231-1300 ext. 18

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:15pm

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