Billing, Collecting, Reporting, Enforcement of municipal taxes
Tax Collector is obligated to follow all State Statutes regarding the collection of property taxes including billing, due dates, interest, and tax sale.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS:
Please notify the Tax Collector's Office of any change in address via email or by completing and returning the Change of Address form to the Collector's Office.
***Change of address applies to both Taxes & Utilities
New Jersey State Law: Whether you receive a bill or not, you are charged with the responsibility to ensure your payments are received on or before the due date.
TAX DUE DATES:
(Mandated under N.J.S.A. 54:4-66)
February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st
No grace period is allotted for the City of Cape May. The State of New Jersey does not permit postmark.
If the first falls on a weekend or holiday, payment is due the next business day following the weekend or holiday, without interest.
TAX & UTILITY PAYMENT OPTIONS
In-Person: Bring your payment in to the Tax Office Monday through Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm
Drop Box: Located on the side entrance to City Hall (please do not use the payment box for the court)
Online: Payments accepted online at www.capemaycity.com for a nominal fee.
Mail: Mail your payment early enough to reach Cape May City Hall before the due date.
The State of New Jersey does not permit postmark. Taxes must be received in the Collector's Office on or before the state
mandated due date listed on the Tax Bill Coupon.
ACH Withdrawal: Please complete ACH Form and attach a voided check in advance
To receive a receipt, you must send the entire tax bill & a self-addressed stamped envelope. No receipts will
be returned if the tax bill & envelope are not accompanying payment.
INTEREST AND PENALTIES:
8% per annum on the first $1,500.00 of a delinquency and 18% per annum on any delinquency in excessive of $1,500.00
To receive a receipt for tax/utility payments, please forward the entire bill with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
A 6% year-end penalty will be assessed at the close of business on the last business day of the year for any delinquency (taxes & utilities) in excess
of $10,000 owed for that calendar year.
There is a $20.00 returned payment fee for any item not honored by the bank.
If you are an active or retired Judge, Prosecutor, or Law Enforcement Officer, the State of New Jersey enacted Daniel's Law in late 2020 to "prohibit persons, State and Local Agencies, and businesses from posting or publishing on the internet
the home address or unpublished telephone numbers of eligible individuals & their families. If you are unsure whether you qualify under Daniel's Law or to sign up for Daniel's Law, please visit the Daniel's Law Portal at https://danielslawnj.gov/
STATE OF NEW JERSEY PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS
For information regarding State Property Tax Relief Programs, including eligibility criterion and potential deduction or credit amounts, please visit the Division of Taxation's website at
WATER/SEWER BILLING/COLLECTION INFORMATION
The Tax Collector's Office took over the billing & collecting of water/sewer bills August 1, 2022.
Water/Sewer is billed quarterly as listed below. Each property is billed a base rate for the first 5,000 gallons and an excess charge per 1,000 gallons over 5,000.
Quarter 1: January 1 - March 31: Billed April
Quarter 2: April 1 - June 30: Billed July
Quarter 3: July 1 - September 30: Billed October
Quarter 4: October 1 - December 31: Billed January
Water/Sewer bills are due 20 days from the date mailed. If the due date falls on a weekend or a holiday, the bills will be due the next business day.
Delinquent notices will be mailed approximately 10 days after the due date and will include a $5.00 Late Notice charge. The Delinquent notice will be due 15 days from the date mailed.
Failure to pay by the delinquent notice due date, may result in termination of service. Additional fees will be assessed and the delinquency will be subject to Tax Sale in accordance with New Jersey Tax Sale Law.
If you are selling your property, a Final Water Reading must be requested by the Title Company or Attorney handling the Closing for the date of settlement. There is a $50.00 fee required for the final reading which will be included in the total.
The final reading is only the seller's portion of water/sewer usage from the beginning of the quarter to the date of settlement. The buyer will receive a separate bill at the end of the quarter, please do not prorate this invoice.
Final Reading Requests may be emailed to DRoth@capemaycity.com.
REPORTING LEAKS OR ISSUES:
Please report all leaks or usage issues to Donna Roth in the Water Department. Donna may be reached at 609-884-9575 or DRoth@capemaycity.com