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 OFFICE

Monday though Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
973-383-1817 , ext. 17

Finance Clerk
Stephanie Fryer
lafayettefo@embarqmail.com

Certified Municipal Finance Officer
Toni Grisaffi
cfo@lafayettetwp.org


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, 1 to 3 p.m.
Phone: 908-713-0722


ZONING

Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to noon, 2 to 3 p.m.
Inspections, noon to 2 p.m.
Greg Suljic
Phone: 973-383-1817, ext. 11
e-mail: zoning@lafayettetwp.org


FIRE PREVENTION

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.
David Korver, Fire Official
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

2020 regular meetings will be held the first and third Tuesday* of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building. *Changed to Wednesday due to elections: June 3 and November 3. Click here for the 2020 meeting schedule.

Members:

Richard Bruning
973-875-1623
term expires 12/22
Additional committees: Building and Grounds, Streets and Roads, Economic Development Committee

Gregory Corcoran
973-579-5612
term expires 12/20
Additional committees: EMS, Board of Health, Recreation

Kevin O'Leary
973-579-9115
term expires 12/21
Additional committees: Finance, Open Space Advisory Committee, Land Use Board

Richard Hughes
973-702-0161
term expires 12/22
Additional committees: Land Use Board, Emergency Mangagement Coordinator, Affordable Housing

Alan Henderson
973-875-5057
term expires 12/20
Additional committees: Personnel, 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 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
Warren Potter
Tamerith Deller
Richard Hughes
Donald Leuthe
Robert Taylor
Suzanne VanSickle
Mark Andersen
Greg Suljic 
Thomas Madewell
Lisa Carlson

Pending Applications
Harmony Foundation of New Jersey
An application was submitted to the Land Use Board for a major site plan for amended preliminary and final site plan as well as bulk variance approval. The Land Use Board has made the submitted documents available for the pubic. Please click on the name of the document to read.
Application | Schedule E Checklist | Checklists | Applicants Summary-Approval Status | NJPDES-complete | Sussex County PB No Interest | Final Site Plan | Harmony Dispensary Plan Harmony Dispensary Planning Submission Package 050720 | Summary of Changes 050820 | Building Expansion Plan 050720 | COGEN energy production facility rendering 050720 | Amended Site Plan 050720 | Transmittal Letter 050820


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:
Patricia Heaney
Stephanie Pizzulo
Greg Corcoran
Bob Watts
Edith McGrath
Suzanne Potter


Open Space Advisory Committee

Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building.

Read about our preservation program.

View the Open Space and Recreation Plan Update. April 2, 2020 - 150+ page PDF, 25 MB

Members:
Kevin O’Leary
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 second Monday of the month at 8 p.m. in the municipal building.

Members:
Kathie Reimels, Chair
Joe Onorevole
Greg Corcoran
Keefe Ostertag
Howard Drake
Dennis Noonan


Economic Development Committee (EDC)

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building.
Email: lafayetteclk@embarqmail.com

Members:
Celia Ostertag, Chair
Richard Bruning
Laura Camp
Nick Corrado
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