Lafayette NJ
33 Morris Farm Road
Lafayette, NJ 07848
973-383-1817 phone
973-383-0566 fax
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Welcome to Lafayette

The Township of Lafayette is located in rural Sussex County in the northwest corner of New Jersey. Lafayette is a small community comprising of 18.7 square miles and a population of approximately 2,400 residents. Lafayette Township was incorporated in 1845 and is the first town in the United States to be named after the Marquis de LaFayette.

NOTICES:

Lifeguards Needed
Lafayette Township is seeking lifeguards for the 2014 summer season. Good pay. Must be waterfront certified. Employment applications can be downloaded here or picked up at the municipal building. Please mail or drop off completed applications to: Lafayette Township 33 Morris Farm Road Lafayette, NJ 07848 Attn: Stephanie

Property Taxes And Your Assessment
The Tax Assessor has no control over the tax rate or the taxes you pay.   Property taxes are a direct result of your assessment.  The tax rate is a direct result of the County, School, and Municipal budgets.  The tax rate is annually applied to each hundred of assessed value to determine your annual taxes.

Your assessment is reflective of market value.  In 2013, the Township of Lafayette was at 100% of fair market value.  The ratio, of 94.62% in 2013, is a result of the SR1A program which separates usable sales (fair market value – arms length transactions) from non-usable sales (foreclosures, short sales, estate sales, etc.)

If you disagree with your assessment, you have the right to file an appeal on or before April 1, 2014.  However, you must prove your assessed value is incorrect and outside the common level range (Chapter 123). 

You cannot file an appeal of your taxes.  You cannot compare assessments.

The way to prove market value is by SALES of similar properties.  The properties should have sold between 10/01/12 and 10/01/13.  They must be usable sales.  Adjustments must be made for differences in square footage (gross living area), finished basements, number of bathrooms, etc.  Once you have completed that evaluation, then you must see if your assessment falls within the common level range.

As to Zillow, or one of the companies that solicit tax appeals, be wary.  Zillow averages sales and non-usable sales can be included in that averaging.  Companies that solicit you requesting payment for information, provides you with public information that you can obtain online without payment. The Assessor’s office annually, in February, posts a list of all usable sales in the Township which can be considered by taxpayers. But again, you cannot file an appeal of your taxes but must prove your assessment is incorrect.

In an effort to assist you in determining whether your assessment is equitable and to assist you in understanding property taxation, I’ve listed some articles and included the appropriate website.  DOWNLOAD PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION

Foreclosure Assistance
The Department of Community Affairs and New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency recognize that many New Jersey families are currently going through or facing foreclosure. The State of New Jersey and the federal government provide a variety of programs to assist homeowners. Information about these programs is free.
About Foreclosure, First Steps: www.nj.gov/dca/hmfa/foreclosure/about/
Foreclosure Fast Facts in English: www.nj.gov/dca/hmfa/media/download/foreclosure/fc_foreclosurefastfacts_english.pdf
The link for Foreclosure Fast Facts in Spanish: www.nj.gov/dca/hmfa/media/download/foreclosure/fc_foreclosurefastfacts_spanish.pdf
For more information on foreclosure relief programs, please call 1-800-NJ-HOUSE.

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Hurricane Season Information from the Office of Emergency Management
Click here to download a copy of the New Jersey Hurricane Survival Guide

Storm Updates

Traffic Incidents: 511nj.org

The County of Sussex Division of Emergency Management will provide regular updates on the County website and social media:
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Subscribe to Email Alerts
Visit ALERTS web page for the latest updates


Emergency preparedness is important.
Please click the following links for more information:
http://www.ready.nj.gov , http://www.ready.gov/ , http://www.citizencorps.gov/
and to learn how to build an emergency kit, download at: http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/checklist_1.pdf

Elections - Video Guide for First Time NJ Voters
The Hall Institute of Public Policy and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey have created a five-minute video public service (PSA) announcement entitled "What Happens When You Go To Vote in New Jersey: A Step-by-Step Guide". For full details about the PSA, visit www.hallnj.org.

 

Low Energy Assistance Program
The Department of Community Affairs recently announced that supplemental benefits are available through the federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Eligible households do not need to reapply for the program to receive supplemental benefits. The benefits are available because LIHEAP funding for the year increased beyond the original projection provided by the federal government. read more

NJDEP Reminds Residents of Events & Natural Resources
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would like to remind residents of New Jersey of the various events and natural resources that are available at New Jersey's 39 State Parks, 11 Forests, 50 Historic sites and 121 Wildlife Management Areas.

Last year, New Jersey's State Parks had 19 million visitors and offer opportunities to experience first-hand our natural and historic beauty by visiting our wildlife management and interpretation centers, hiking trails, lakes, rivers, forest, beaches and historic monuments and battlefields covering nearly 800,000 acres.

The NJDEP is pleased to announce the launch of our new mobile phone application to help visitors plan for and make the most out of their trips to New Jersey's State parks, forest and historic sites:

Division of Parks and Forestry:
     www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests
Calendar of Events:
     www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/calendar/index.html
The Official New Jersey State Parks and Forests Guide:      www.pocketranger.com/apps/nj/apps.php
Official New Jersey Tourism Website:
     www.visitnj.org

Solutions to Stormwater Pollution
Easy things you can do every day to protect our water: download brochure

Public Service Announcement: Grill Safety
The Department of Community Affairs' Division of Fire Safety recently reminded residents to review fire safety grilling tips to avoid injury this summer. Download Safe Summer Cooking Tips

Hurricane Season – New Jersey Office of Emergency Management offers readiness steps.

"The Making of Our Nation's Law" is a four page document that concisely explains how the Legislative Branch operates in the United States Capitol. The pamphlet appears at http://www.njslom.org/nations_laws.html.

Veteran Discount Program
Jeffery Parrott, Acting Sussex County Clerk attended our November 1st meeting to present information on the Veteran Discount Program that is available through the Clerk's office. Participating merchants are posted at: www.sussexcountyclerk.com. This list will be updated as new businesses are added.

Local Business that are interested in participating should email Jeff Parrott at: jparrott.scclerk@nac.net

Phone Scams
Jeff also advised us that residents should be aware of phone scams. Never give out or confirm any personal or financial information over the phone. There are scams involving Social Security, insurance or certified copies of your deed. More information is provided at: www.sussexcountyclerk.com.

Additional information can be picked up at the municipal building or by calling 973-383-1817

Notice to All Veterans and to All Persons/Organizations Interfacing with Veterans
download information, PDF

Attention Residents:
You can register with FEMA for disaster assistance.
Call: 800-621-3362 (FEMA)
Online: www.disasterassistance.gov or www.fema.gov

Have the following available:
* Social security number
* Private insurance information, if available
* Address and zip code of the damaged property
* Directions to the damaged home or property
* Daytime telephone number

Mosquito Tips
DEP, DHSS urge residents to take precautions against mosquitoes in wake of heavy summer rainfall. Click here for press release. (PDF)

Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority Recycling
The SCMUA provides FREE recycling services to residents and businesses.
Household Hazardous Waste Days: June 1, November 2
Electronic Waste Recycling Days: March 16, May 4, July 20, October 5
Click here for SCMUA information flier.

State Police Issues Warning of Asphalt Paving and Seal Coating Scam; Canadian Lottery Check Cashing Scheme. Click here to read the PSA.

Hurricane Season – New Jersey Office of Emergency Management offers readiness steps.