Credit Card Payments Made Online
Now you can pay your property taxes, water, and sewer bills from the comfort of your home or office by using our online payment service. Credit cards accepted are MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Visa. A per transaction service fee of 2.65% of the total bill or $3.00 minimum will be charged by the payment processing company for this service.
Electronic Check Payments Made Online
Wharton now accepts electronic check payments using our online payment service. Payments will be charged to your checking or savings account at your bank. You will need your 9-digit routing number, as well as your account number from your personal checks (see example below). A per transaction service fee of $1.50 will be charged by the payment processing company for this service.
IMPORTANT: When Payment Options appears, click on the “Switch to Pay with Check” link and then continue entering your information.
As a statutory officer of the State of New Jersey, the Tax Collector is obligated to follow all the State Statutes regarding property tax collection. Property taxes are due on a quarterly basis. Tax bills are mailed once a year during the summer and the first payment is due August 1. This bill covers the last half of the current year and the first half of the following year. The due dates for each quarter are printed on the payment stubs of the bill and are as follows:
February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.
There is no discount for pre-payment. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from paying taxes or the interest due on delinquent taxes.
There is a ten calendar day grace period each tax quarter for payment of taxes without interest being charged. If the 10th day falls on a weekend or holiday, taxpayers will have until the next business day to pay without penalty. If payment is not received by the last day of the grace period, interest reverts back to the 1st of the month.
NOTE: When mailing payments without a payment stub, please specify that your payment is for Property Tax and indicate property address, block and lot, and/or tax account number.
Click here to access the online tax look up system.
Sewer bills are due on a quarterly basis. They are mailed once a year in the beginning of the year and are due February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.
There is no discount for pre-payment.
NOTE: When mailing payments, please specify that your payment is for Sewer.
You can pay taxes or utilities via cash, check, money order, or by credit card online
You can pay taxes or utilities in the following ways:
- In Person 8:30 a.m.-4:30p.m. Weekdays. Check the Borough calendar for holidays and changed hours
- By Mail: Borough of Wharton Water, Sewer, or Tax Department 10 Robert St. Wharton, NJ 07885
- Drop Box inside the vestibule on the West Central Avenue entrance of Town Hall
NJ Low Income Household Water Assistance Program
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced that the application period for the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is now open as of 3/8/22. The program will provide financial assistance to low-income households to reduce the balances they have on their residential water and wastewater bills.
The LIHWAP program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide benefits directly to water and wastewater companies, on behalf of residential customers. The assistance can be used, in order of priority, to:
- restore services where services have been terminated and pay reconnection fees and other charges accrued due to a disconnection;
- avoid service disruption for those residential customers who are in danger of disconnection (i.e., received shut off notices or have past due balances) and to help them afford bill payment going forward; and
- support those household customers who are current in their bills but might be in danger of falling behind in the near future.
Priority will also be given to families with elderly or disabled household members and/or with children under the age of five, no matter which category they fall into.
To be eligible for LIHWAP assistance, applicants must be water/wastewater bill holders who are responsible for paying their water and sewer bills directly to the vendors. Also, applicants’ total gross household income must be at or below 60% of the state median Income ($6,439 a month for a family of four). The LIHWAP frequently asked questions webpage has additional information about maximum income limits and other items.
People can apply online through the DCAid application portal.
People who do not have access to computers or the internet can call 1-800-510-3102 to be directed to one of the community action agencies to assist them with starting, completing, and submitting an application online
Remittances requiring a receipt MUST be accompanied by the ENTIRE tax bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Otherwise, it is acceptable to detach the appropriate stub to mail along with your check, and the canceled check will serve as your receipt.
Bills for Added Assessments
If the Assessor establishes an added assessment on a property for improvements made, the tax bill for the added assessment is mailed in October and due November 1. These bills are sent to the property owner only, and not to the mortgage holder. If the mortgage holder normally pays the taxes, the property owner is responsible for ensuring that the taxes are paid. If the Assessor establishes an added assessment on a property for improvements made, the tax bill for the added assessment is mailed in October and due November 1. These bills are sent to the property owner only, and not to the mortgage holder. If the mortgage holder normally pays the taxes, the property owner is responsible for ensuring that the taxes are paid.
Each year, there is a Tax Sale for unpaid taxes and other municipal charges from the previous year. A list is published in the newspaper for four weeks preceding the sale and the cost of sale is added to the delinquent amount owed. The amounts due, however, may be paid up to the day before the sale in the form of a certified check, cash or money order. If the delinquent accounts are not cleared and the property goes into the sale, a lien is placed against the property. If the lien is picked up by the Borough of Wharton, foreclosure proceedings will begin six months from the date of the sale. If an outside buyer picks up the lien, he must hold it for two years from the date of sale before starting foreclosure proceedings. All liens must be paid by cash, certified check or money order.
Change of Ownership
Tax bills should be given to the new owner or his paying agent upon closing. A charge may be imposed for a duplicate bill. A final water meter reading must be scheduled when there is a change of ownership or tenant.