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Highland Park Mayor Gayle Britt Mittler

Three Middlesex mayors seek property tax relief

Measure would cut interest for late payments to almost zero

By Nikita Biryukov, April 22 2020 11:19 am

Mayors in three Middlesex County towns want to give their residents a break on property taxes.

“I’m continuously shaken by all the cascading effects of this pandemic – overtaxed health care facilities, layoffs and furloughs, closed store fronts, and rising ranks of residents who are justifiably anxious about their futures,” Highland Park Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler said. “The temporary lowering of the interest rate for late payments is a gesture of solidarity and support, to say we hurt with you and we care.”

Brill Mittler, Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey and Metuchen Mayor Jonathan Busch are moving to lower interest rates for late property tax payments to provide residents impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with a measure of safety.

Ordinances passed in Highland Park on Tuesday and expected to pass in Metuchen and Edison Wednesday would bring interest rates for late property tax payments down to 0.000001%, the lowest level allowed under state law.

“This is one way that we might be able to support our struggling property owners,” Busch said. “The economic impact that this pandemic is having on many in our community is overwhelming so we will continue to do our part to support our residents in every way we can.”

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