East Windsor Township property owners are running out of time to make their third-quarter property tax payment, which was due Aug. 1, but extended to Sept. 10 without incurring a penalty.
East Windsor officials extended the due date to Sept. 10 because the 2018-19 property tax bills were late in being mailed out. If the third-quarter property tax is paid after Sept. 10, interest will accrue from Aug. 1.
Property owners are seeing a small increase in their property tax rates and the amount owed. The total tax rate for 2018 is $3.33 per $100 of assessed value, compared to the 2017 tax rate of $3.31 per $100 of assessed value.
For a home assessed at the township average of $258,691, the total tax bill for 2018 is $8,614. This is an increase of $39 over the 2017 property tax bill, which was $8,575 and based on an average assessed value of $258,287.
When the property tax bill is broken down into smaller pieces, the East Windsor Regional School District property tax rate of $2.08 per $100 of assessed value accounts for 62.58 percent of the total tax bill.
The municipal property tax rate of 43 cents, which has remained unchanged for six years, accounts for 13.01 percent of the total tax bill. The garbage district tax of 12 cents, which is also unchanged, makes up 3.72 percent.
“The 2018 municipal budget again reflects a zero tax rate increase, while retaining the same service level,” Mayor Janice S. Mironov said. “Thus, the municipal tax component has remained the same for six straight years.”
The combined Mercer County property tax rate of 69 cents makes up 20.69 percent of the tax bill. It includes the county government, the county library system and the county open space tax.
Mironov pointed out that the township serves as the tax collector for itself, the school district and the county. Although property owners make their checks payable to East Windsor, the township is responsible for distributing the money that is due to each governmental entity.