Departments & Services
We now accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express in the office for your tax and sewer payments. A 2.45% convenience fee will be applied when making a payment.
- The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing, collection
and reporting of taxes for all non-exempt Township properties.
Additionally, we bill, collect and report sewer user fees for all
properties within the Bernards Township Sewerage Authority area.
- Property taxes are based on the assessor's valuation of real
property and levied for the calendar year. The taxes for the Township,
local school district, county purposes and both local and county
open space are combined into one levy that is apportioned on the
tax bill by rate and amount for taxpayer information only. Taxes
levied for purposes of the local school district cover the current
- The Tax Collector collected 99.54% of the total tax levy in 2008. The Tax Collection division
services 10,351 tax accounts and 7,169 sewer accounts as of 1/1/2009.
There are 2.5 full time employees staffing the collector/utility billing office.
- Bernards Township's tax rate for 2012 is as follows:
- County Tax $0.309
- County Open Space $0.032
- District School $1.282
- Municipal Tax $.242
- Municipal Open Space $0.040
- Municipal Library $0.036
- Total 2012 Rate $1.941
- Total sewer accounts-7,179 as of 1-1-12
- Total tax accounts-10,347 as of 1-1-12
- Please contact our office for information concerning veteran deductions
and senior/disabled deductions.
- Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Our
mailing address is Bernards Township, One Collyer Lane, Basking
Ridge, NJ 07920. We can be reached at 908-204-3080 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q:Can I pay my taxes online?
- A:Yes, tax payments can be made online.
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You will have three options to pay. The first option is an automatic clearing house (ACH) withdrawal from your checking or
savings account. This is a free service and can be accessed by block and lot and banking information. Secondly, you can pay
with a credit card for a convenience fee and third, by authorizing a direct withdrawal. You will need your block and lot to
access your information.
- Q:Can I pay my sewer bills online?
- A:Yes, sewer payments may be made online by the same three options as above.
here for more details. A convenience fee of $4.95 is added to all sewer credit card transactions. You will need your sewerage
bill account number to access your information. This is located in the upper left hand corner of your bill
- Q:What deductions are available to Bernards Township
- A:Veteran/Widow of a veteran deduction-must be an honorably discharged
veteran from a specified time frame and a New Jersey resident. For a veteran
deduction, proof of discharge will be needed. For a widow of a veteran,
included with the above, a copy of the marriage and death certificate will
be needed to accompany the application.
- Senior deduction is for residents 65 years of age or older as of October
1 of the pre tax year, living in the residence they wish to claim, and
their income does not exceed $10,000 a year, excluding some or all of their
social security or certain pensions. Applications for either deduction
can be picked up at the Collector's office.
- Taxes are due on the first of February, May, August and
November of each year.
- There is a ten calendar day grace period for each, with
all payments due in our office no later than the 10th of
the month they are due.
- Sewer bills are billed in mid-December due January 1 and
mid June, due July 1.
- Sewer user fees have a 30 day grace and must be received
in our office no later than the 30th calendar day in the
month they are due.
- Bernards Township does not accept postmark for tax and
Thank you for visiting our website. Please contact us whenever
an issue is important to you. The Township Committee and Administrator
depend on your thoughts and comments, to ensure that at all times
our service offerings are community driven.