Brigantine - At the May 6th council meeting, Brigantine City Council unanimously passed a resolution asking the Governor to extend the grace period to June 1st for the County and School taxes.
“The City needs to do everything in its power to help the people of Brigantine. There are so many people struggling and we need to do all we can to help them.” said Mayor Andy Simpson.
On April 28th, Governor Murphy signed an executive order allowing local governments to extend the grace period for property tax collections to June 1st.
But in his executive order, he failed to extend the grace period for the County or School taxes.
As of now, Brigantine is still required to make an almost $6 million payment to cover its County and School tax obligations.
If the Governor fails to extend the grace period for County and School taxes, the City would be unable to meet its tax obligations without the May 1st property tax collection.
Since the Governor made the announcement about local taxes, city officials have been trying to find a way to make it work.
“By now, we know many people have already paid their May 1st taxes, but we need to do something to help the people who can’t make the May 10th deadline. The State is having a lot of issues with unemployment and many people are still waiting for their Federal Economic Impact Payment. Extending the grace period could be the difference maker for so many of our Brigantine families and retirees.” said Deputy Mayor Vince Sera.
Brigantine officials have reached out to County and State representatives to request that Governor Murphy extend the grace period for the May collection of the County and School taxes.
Brigantine City Council will keep everyone updated as more information is available.