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CALL 844-7041 FOR ALL QUESTIONS REGARDING PROPERTY TAXES AND SEWER BILLS.

Tax Collection
Susan E. McCloskey, CTC, Tax Collector

Email: taxcoll@lawrencetwp.com
Phone: 609-844-7041

Tax Assessment
Ken Pacera, CTA, Municipal Assessor

Email: kpacera@lawrencetwp.com
Phone: 609-844-7040

Peter Kiriakatis, CFO, Director of Finance

Email: pkiriakatis@lawrencetwp.com
Phone: 609-844-7015

Fax: 609-895-1668 (for all offices)

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

All questions regarding property taxes and sewer bills should be directed to the Tax Collector's Office at 609-844-7041.

 

    PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS:

    The grace period for 2nd quarter taxes has been extended to June 1, 2020.  The last day to pay 2nd quarter taxes without penalty is June 1, 2020. There is no further grace period. 

    To maintain our municipal operations through this public health crisis and minimize health risk to our employees, when paying your property taxes please do so by check, money order, or our on-line payment option. Should a cash payment be your only option please note the following; beginning Wednesday, April 29, cash payments will only be accepted Mondays (9am – 12pm), Wednesdays (1pm – 4pm) and Fridays (1pm – 4pm), a copy of your tax bill must be presented with payment.  Payment will be accepted at the North Entrance to the Municipal Building.  

    Click here to make an online payment.

    To obtain a copy of your tax bill click here.

    Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Kevin P. Nerwinski, Esq. – Municipal Manager.

 

ON-LINE TAX INFORMATION SEARCH

Look up your tax payment history and what you currently owe.

 

ABOUT US

The Department of Finance consists of three Divisions: Accounts and Control, Tax Assessment and Tax Collection.

Accounts and Control (609-844-7015)

General functions of the Division are: Central bookkeeping and accounting, cash management, budget management, purchasing and accounts payable, payroll, debt management and fixed asset accounting.

Purchasing / Accounts Payable

Questions regarding status of purchase orders, payments, and all other inquiries regarding accounts payable, please contact the office at 609-844-7011.

 

Key Budget Documents

 

Taxpayers Bill of Rights

Tax Assessment (609-844-7040)

The Tax Assessor is responsible for establishing the value of all land and improvements within the township. This property valuation is the basis by which the cost of municipal, school and county services are apportioned. The Tax Assessor is also the keeper of certain public records including; assessments and property record cards. In addition, applications for tax deductions, exempt property and farmland assessments are processed in the office of the Tax Assessor.

Tax Deductions

  • Qualifying Senior Citizens and surviving spouses - $250.00
  • Qualifying Permanently and Totally Disabled person and surviving spouses - $250.00
  • Veterans and Surviving Spouses - $ 250.00
  • Permanently and Totally Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses - Full exemption
  • Farmland Assessment applications are also available.

Tax Assessment Appeals - County Tax Board

Petitions for appeal of assessment are available in the Assessor's Office. Appeals must be filed with the Mercer County Board of Taxation on or before April 1 of the tax year.

Filing fees are based on assessed valuations:

  • $ 0 - $ 150,000.00 - $ 5.00
  • $ 150,001.00 - $ 500,000.00 - $ 25.00
  • $ 500,001.00 - $1,000,000.00 - $100.00
  • $1,000,001.00 and over - $150.00
  • Appeals on classifications - $ 25.00
  • Appeals on valuation and classification, sum of previous two categories
  • Appeals not covered above - $ 25.00
  • No fee for contesting denial of applications for veterans, senior citizens or disabled persons and their surviving spouses.

Checks should be made payable to the Mercer County Tax Administrator.

Companies/Corporations must be represented by an Attorney when appearing before the Mercer County Board of Taxation or in the Tax Court of New Jersey.

Individual owners may represent themselves.

Tax Assessment Appeals - Tax Court of New Jersey

Direct appeals to the Tax Court of New Jersey must concern assessments in the amount greater than $1,000,000. Tax Court appeals must be filed before April 1 of the tax year. Contact the Tax Court for additional information, procedures and filing fees.

Tax Collection (609-844-7041)

The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of all funds raised by taxation or assessed to property owners for county, school, and municipal purposes. The office also is responsible for the billing and collection of sewer user fees.

PREPAYMENT OF TAXES - The Lawrence Township Tax Collector Office accepts pre-payment of property taxes. For those residents who are making any pre-payments on their taxes, our office requires that you specifically provide us with exactly what the pre-payment should be applied to. You should complete this form and include it with your tax payment. If you have questions call (609) 844-7041.

Tax Due Dates

  • August 1
  • November 1
  • February 1
  • May 1

There is a 10 day grace period from each of the above dates after which interest is charged at the rates of 8% for balances of less than $1,500.00 and 18% for balances in excess of $1,500.00, charged from the original due date.

Sewer Due Dates: April 15 and October 15

Annual Tax Sale: During the last quarter of the year.

Payments: By mail, send check with appropriate payment stub. Canceled check will be your receipt. In person, bring entire bill. Bill will be receipted and returned.

2019 Tax Rate $2.865 per $100 of Assessed valuation:

Municipal Rate

$0.577

Municipal Open Space

$0.030

County Rate (includes Library and Open Space)

$0.732

School Rate

$1.526