Departments

ADMINISTRATION

Municipal Clerk /Registrar
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
AnnaRose Fedish
Phone: 973-383-1817, ext. 10
lafayetteclk@embarqmail.com

Finance Officer
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Gail Magura
Phone: 973-383-1817, ext. 17
lafayettefo@embarqmail.com

TAX OFFICE

Tax Collector
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Daryn Cashin
Phone: 973-383-1817, ext. 14
lafayettetc@embarqmail.com

Check Status of Taxes Online
Lafayette Township property owners may now check on line to see if their property tax payments are current. The web site is http://65.41.80.24

Tax information can be accessed by using either your Block and Lot number, or your property location. If taxes are delinquent, the website automatically calculates interest for seven days.

Information from the tax collector
Property taxes are due quarterly: February, May, August & November on the 1st day of the month. There is a 10-day, interest-free grace period (we must have your payment no later than the 10th; postmark is not accepted). If the 10th falls on a holiday or weekend, the grace period will be extended to our next business day. Occasionally, the August tax quarter is extended due to budget preparation. If the quarter is extended, a notification will be included with your annual tax bill, which is mailed in July (please note that there is no grace period with an extended tax quarter, and if delinquent, interest will accrue from August 1st).

As a courtesy and reminder, we send delinquent notices immediately after the tax quarter ends to you and to your mortgage company, if applicable. Delinquent interest rates are 8% for the first $1,500.00 of delinquency and 18% for any delinquency over $1,500.00, (the rate then remains at 18% on any amount of delinquency, until the account becomes current). Interest accumulates from the 1st day of the tax quarter. In addition, we impose a 6% year-end penalty on all delinquencies exceeding $10,000.00 at the end of our fiscal year (12/31). When applying payment, we must collect interest first and apply the remainder to the principal (per state statute). If your taxes have become delinquent, whether you are mailing your payment or paying in person, please call our office, as we can provide you with the exact amount to remit to become current; you can also look up the amount due on our website.

Tax payments by property owner:
By Mail: Send your check, along with the appropriate tax “stub” to: Tax Collector, Township of Lafayette, 33 Morris Farm Road, Lafayette, NJ 07848. If you would like a receipt, please enclose the entire bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your bill. Please be sure that the amount of your check is correct (not every tax quarter is the same amount!) and never post-date your check….it will be immediately returned to you (by state statute, we cannot accept post-dated checks).

In Person: Taxes can be paid at the Municipal Building, Monday through Thursday between 9 AM & 1:00 PM. Make checks payable to “Township of Lafayette.” If paying with cash, please bring the exact amount; we may not have adequate change on hand. Bring your entire tax bill with you and we will receipt it; otherwise, your cancelled check will be your receipt. If for any reason we are not in the office, your check and stub can be left in the exterior drop box, on the left side of the main entrance to the Municipal Building. If you would like a receipt, leave the entire bill with your payment and we will receipt it and return it to you by mail. Payments left in the drop box after 3:00 pm will be credited on the next business day.

Please do not leave cash in the drop box!

Taxes paid by bank or mortgage company
If the tax bill you receive is marked “FOR ADVICE ONLY,” our records indicate that your taxes are escrowed and paid by a bank or mortgage company and we have sent the original bill to them. If your taxes are not escrowed and you are responsible for making your own tax payments, or if your loan is paid off within the current billing cycle, please contact our office so that we can take the steps to remove the bank code from your account and send you the original tax bill in the future. You can then use the “ADVICE ONLY” stubs to submit your payment (see above information on how to make tax payments). If you have received an original tax bill but a bank or mortgage company is escrowing for the taxes, please forward a copy of your bill to them, and ask that they supply our office with a “Tax Authorization” (as per NJ State Statute) so that we can code the tax account correctly.

Tax Deductions/Programs
Applications at Municipal Level (contact our office for applications and further information, or access the links to these application on our website)

  1. Senior citizen (age 65), surviving spouse of a senior, or permanently and totally disabled and your income (excluding social security or government pension) does not exceed $10,000.00, you may be eligible for a tax deduction of $250.00 annually.
  2. Veteran or widow of a veteran: you may be eligible for an annual $250.00 deduction.
  3. Veteran permanently and totally disabled during war time while on active duty: may be eligible for a property tax exemption.
The State of New Jersey currently offers two other programs for property tax relief:
  1. The Property Tax Reimbursement Program (PTR, also known as the Senior Freeze). This program reimburses senior citizens (age 65) and disabled persons the difference between the “base” year (which is determined by the date of your initial application) and subsequent tax years. Income limits apply. First-time applications are available in our office in April. Information regarding this program may be obtained by calling the Reimbursement Hotline at 800-882-6597, or online at http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ptr/
  2. Homestead Benefit Program. Rebates eligible homeowners 5-10% of the property taxes paid in a prior year. Amounts vary depending on household income; income limits apply. Rebate is currently given as a credit against property taxes due. Applications are mailed in summer, http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/homestead/geninf.shtml or you can call the Homestead Benefit Hotline at 888-238-1233.

Assessments
Questions regarding property values, assessments, or appeals should be directed to the Lafayette Tax Assessor, at 973-383-1817, ext. 13.

Forms and instructions for Senior/Disabled and Veteran deductions
Senior Disabled | Veteran
Print and complete the form and return to us with the required supporting documentation.

Current information on NJ property tax relief:
state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/relief.shtml

Tax Assessor
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Jason Laliker
Phone: 973-383-1817, ext. 13
tax.assessor.nj@gmail.com

Information about the tax office: download pdf document

The Division of Taxation has issued a new appeal form which can be accessed through the County Tax Board website. Appeal packets will be available as of February 1, 2013. Please use this link to the Tax Board website. www.sussex.nj.us

CONSTRUCTION

Building Dept./State Representatives
Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 3 p.m.
Phone: 908-713-0722

ZONING

Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, 2 to 3 p.m.
Inspections, noon to 2 p.m.
Greg Suljic
Phone: 973-383-1817, ext. 11

Fire Prevention

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.
William Paterson
Stephanie Pizzulo, Secretary
Phone: 973-383-1817, ext 11
e-mail: landuse@lafayettetwp.org

Board of Health

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Stephanie Pizzulo, Secretary
Phone: 973-383-1817, ext 11   
e-mail: landuse@lafayettetwp.org

Wantage Township Animal Control
973-875-9390

Recycling Coordinator

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m
Stephanie Pizzulo
Phone: 973-383-1817, ext. 11
e-mail: landuse@lafayettetwp.org


Boards and Committees

Township Committee

Regular meetings held the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building.

Members:

Richard Bruning
973-875-1623
term expires 12/19
Additional committees: Building and Grounds, Recreation Commission

Gregory Corcoran
973-579-5612
term expires 12/17
Additional committees: EMS, Board of Health, Land Use Board, Finance

John D'Angeli
973-875-6210
term expires 12/18
Additional committees: Road Department, Personnel

Richard Hughes
973-702-0161
term expires 12/19
Additional committees: Land Use Board, Emergency Mangagement Coordinator, Affordable Housing

Alan Henderson
973-875-5057
term expires 12/17
Additional committees: Open Space Advisory Committee, Court, Police, Fire

Land Use Board

Workshop meetings held the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
Regular meetings held the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
All meetings held in the municipal building

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Stephanie Pizzulo, Secretary
Phone: 973-383-1817 ext 11 
fax: 973-383-0566
e-mail: landuse@lafayettetwp.org

Members:
Kevin O’Leary, Chair
Carl Luthman
Tamara Didyk
Richard Hughes
Greg Corcoran
Donald Leuthe
Robert Taylor
Suzanne VanSickle
Vanessa Aikens
Jim Cutler
William Allison

Board of Health

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Stephanie Pizzulo, Secretary
Phone: 973-383-1817 ext 11 fax 973-383-0566
e-mail: landuse@lafayettetwp.org
Members:
Dave Muscalo, Chair
Patricia Heaney
Stephanie Pizzulo
Greg Corcoran
Bob Watts
Edith McGrath
TBA

Open Space Advisory Committee

Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. in the Municipal Building.

Members:
David Muscalo, Chair
Kevin O’Leary, Board Vice-Chair
Carl Luthman
Karen Mitchell
Lisa Carlson
Alan Henderson
Linda Gloshinski (The Land Conservancy of NJ) - Preservation Consultant (973) 541-1010

Recreation Commission

Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of every month at 8 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

Members:
Kathie Reimels, Chair
Joe Onorevole
Greg Corcoran
Keefe Ostertag
Stephanie Pizzulo
Deborah Johnson
Richard Bruning
Howard Drake
Dennis Noonan

Economic Development Committee (EDC)

Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm. in the Municipal Building. Email: lafayetteclk@embarqmail.com

Members:
Celia Ostertag, Chair
Richard Bruning
Laura Camp
Nick Corrado
Richard Hughes
Don Kihlstrom
Warren Potter
Joan Smith
Sal Torre
Suzanne VanSickle

Joint Municipal Court

151 US Highway 206, Augusta, NJ
Clerk of Municipal Court: Suzanne Oakley, 973- 948-4045

County Departments

Sussex County Health Department, 973-579-0370
Municipal Building

973-383-1817
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday through Friday