Newark, NJ – November 15, 2010 – Mayor Cory A. Booker and Acting Business Administrator Julien X. Neals, Esq., announced today that the City is offering, now through November 30, 2010, an “Amnesty Program” to assist struggling property owners who are in arrears on their property taxes, Water and Sewer bills, and special taxes by canceling interest and penalties on payments made in full during this period.
“This program is especially needed during these challenging economic times and will not only generate millions of dollars in revenue for our City but will assist our residents who are already overdue on their bills. By participating in this program residents who are in arrears on their taxes will avoid further penalties. This amnesty program is a win-win situation for everyone,” Mayor Booker said.
“The City of Newark, like many communities throughout the State, has been affected by the strained national economic climate. The crisis has also affected our City’s government as revenue collections have been below expectations. Nevertheless, our City has an obligation to its citizens to help find ways to provide relief for taxpayers while the sluggish economy strives to correct itself in the coming months,” said Acting Business Administrator Neals.
“This program is especially needed during these challenging economic times and will not only generate much needed revenue for the City, but will assist our residents who are already overdue on their bills,” said City Tax Collector Michelle Jones.
During this amnesty period, any resident who pays overdue real estate or special taxes, or water and sewer bills, will not have to pay the penalties and interest associated with those bills. Payments must be made for the entire delinquent period, and by “certified funds only.” All payments postmarked after November 30 will be assessed interest and penalties as mandated by law without regard to the amnesty program.
For more information on the Tax Amnesty Program, please contact the following phone numbers:
Water and Sewer Bills: (973) 733-6370
Special Taxes: (973) 733-3770
Property Taxes: (973) 733-8098
Lien Unit: (973) 733-3963
Tax Abatement: (973) 733-5938