Municipalities will be able to send local tax bills by email under a bill sponsored by State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton).
The proposal was approved on Tuesday by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
“A large percentage of state residents rely on email as their primary means of communication, and for those who have mastered email, it is easy to track any bills or receipts in digital folders,” Bucco said.
Bucco’s legislation requires hard copies of tax bills to be mailed at no charge while towns transition themselves into the digital age.
“Over time, more and more people will move away from paper, but until then, towns will still mail out copies, as usual,” stated Bucco. “It is the first step in changing a system that will, in the end, be easier for the user and save taxpayers money.”
The bill gives local government the option of adopting an email ordinance.
Bucco’s late father, State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (R-Boonton), pushed a similar proposal that also moved through a Senate committee but never received a floor vote.
Similar versions of the bill have been considered for more than a decade.