The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for the administration of the borough’s fiscal affairs. His or her duties include the management of various operating, capital and trust funds; budget preparation; collection of revenues; budgetary accounting; payroll; disbursements; and investment of borough funds.
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The CFO position is mandated by state law. He or she is appointed to a four-year term and may achieve tenure after serving five consecutive years. He or she is required to be licensed by the state of New Jersey as a Certified Municipal Finance Officer in order to hold the position. In Mountainside, the CFO holds the position of Treasurer, also a licensed position.
The Collector of Taxes position is mandated by the state law. He or she is appointed to a four-year term and may achieve tenure after serving five consecutive years. He or she is required to be licensed by the state of New Jersey as a Certified Tax Collector. The collector is responsible for the billing, collection, and recording of all taxes and sewer fees levied upon the properties in Mountainside.
* During first 10 calendar days of a tax period our office is open through lunch.
Reconciled tax bills are mailed annually in early July.
1st Quarter February 1st 2nd Quarter May 1st 3rd Quarter August 1st 4th Quarter November 1st (grace period is during the first 10 calendar days of a tax period)
Commercial Sewer Charges are billed annually (usually mid year).
For information on how to read your tax bill, please refer to the back of your bill under “Explanation of Tax Bill”.
It is important to note that the municipal taxes are only a portion of Mountainside's property taxpayer's obligation. There are two other separate entities, Mountainside Board of Education and Union County government that each develop and adopt their own budgets to be funded by your taxes. The current tax rate for 2016 is 7.303 and the 2016 apportionment is as follows:
Board of Education: 3.409
County/Open Space: 1.985
Local Municipal: 1.787
Municipal Library: 0.122
If a home is assessed at the average assessment ($164,831), a property would pay $12,037.61 in total taxes for the year ($164,831 x 7.303%). The breakdown is as follows:
Your taxes are broken into 4 quarterly payments. Do not multiple the 3rd quarter by 4 to determine your taxes since the 1st and 2nd quarterly payments (Feb. 1 and May 1) are half of the prior year's taxes divided equally between the first two quarters. Any increases or decreases in your yearly tax due to tax rate change or assessment change is shown in the 3rd and 4th quarters (Aug. 1 and Nov. 1). To determine your yearly taxes, you multiple your assessment which is located on your yearly reconciled tax bill by the tax rate.
In 2016 the average assessed home in Mountainside saw a tax increase of $249.93 broken down below.
**If you do not know the amount due on any given quarter, please call the office to get the correct amount due before making your payment.
New homeowners who did not receive a tax bill at closing should contact the collector’s office to obtain a copy. The tax office should also be advised in writing of any mailing address changes.
DUPLICATE BILL FEE- $5.00
Borough of MountainsideOffice of the Tax Collector1385 Route 22Mountainside, NJ 07092
Chief Financial OfficerFinance ClerkSewer Utility
Tax CollectorAssistant Tax Collector/Sewer Utility908-232-2400 x240908-232-6831
Finance Assistant Ashley Osieja 908-232-2400 x252
The office is closed for lunch between noon and 1 p.m.
Homestead Benefits no longer come to the property owner in the form of a check. Benefits are applied directly to your tax account as a credit and a new bill for that quarter is then mailed to you. All other questions should be directed to the Homestead Benefit Hotline at 1-888-238-1233 or CLICK HERE.
If you need the Tax Collector to certify your PTR form, please feel free to drop it off at the Tax Office and we will contact you as soon as it is completed. You can also mail your PTR form to the above address with a self-addressed & stamped envelope and we will return it to you as soon as it is completed. The average turn-around is 4 days or less so please allow time as this office is often inundated with requests. All other questions should be directed to the PTR Hotline at 1-800-882-6597 or CLICK HERE.
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1385 U.S. Highway 22 East | Mountainside, NJ 07092 | 908.232.2400