Borough of Highlands, NJ
  40.40422oN by 73.990674oE

 
Finance
Finance & Purchasing Depatment
Financial Information
Tax Collection
Tax Department Forms
Frequently Asked Questions

Finance & Purchasing

The Finance & the Purchasing Departments work together as one department. The functions performed within these departments consist of maintaining account payable, preparation of bank reconciliations, payment of bills, monitoring monthly budget controls and all other related accounting responsibilities. All purchases made by the Borough must go through purchasing with prior approval from the departments. This department also prepares specifications for purchases that exceed the state bid threshold of $40,000.00 which is state statue. All state contracts and Monmouth County cooperative pricing contracts are maintained with this department. The Borough participates in multiple county co-ops as well as the national co-op.

Department Head / Staff Information

Patrick J. DeBlasio - CPA, CMFO, CGFM, CTC pdeblasio@highlandsborough.org
Charles Heck - Tax Assessor, CTA check@highlandsborough.org
Kim Gonzales - QPA kgonzales@highlandsborough.org
Donna Conrad - Cashier dconrad@highlandsborough.org
Jorgi Craig – Sewer Billing jcraig@highlandsborough.org
Patrick J. DeBlasio  - Tax Collector pdeblasio@highlandsborough.org

Finance Information 
(Budget Audits & Statement Lists)

Department Information

Tax Collection
The Tax Collection Department is responsible for maintaining over 8,000 individual tax accounts and a like number of sewer usage accounts. Amounts charged and payments made are all individually maintained. The office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Tax bills are mailed annually in July by the Borough. The taxes are due February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. A ten (10) grace period is provided by Borough resolution.

Tax installments not paid by the due date are subject to 8% interest on the first $1,500.00 of the delinquency and 18% on any amount in excess of $1,500.00. Also, any delinquency exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) pays a six percent (6 %) year -end penalty. These interest and penalties are the highest permitted under New Jersey statutes. Delinquent taxes open for one year or more are annually included in a tax sale in accordance with New Jersey statutes.

Online Tax and Sewer Payments 
Tax and Sewer Payments Online

Tax Sale
 Tax Lien Auction

Tax Assessors Office 
The Tax Assessors Office is responsible for all assessment figures, addresses, mortgage holders, veteran deductions and senior deductions.

Senior Citizen /Veteran Deductions
Seniors — If you were 65 years or older as of December 31'` of the previous year, you may be eligible for a deduction of $250.00 annually, from your gross tax amount. Applicants must own and reside in the home on which the deduction is claimed. There is an income limitation of $10,000.00 combined income if married, excluding social security.

Veterans — If you have served in the armed forces or if you are a widow of a veteran that never remarried, you may be eligible for a deduction of $250.00 annually, from your gross tax amount. There is 100% permanently disabled veteran deduction which grants full tax exemption for qualified veterans.


APPLICATIONS AND QUESTIONS FOR THE ABOVE DEDUCTION MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE TAX ASSESSOR'S OFFICE AT 732-872-1224 Ext. 211

Property information can be obtained from The New Jersey County Tax Board Association

NJ Rebate Programs 
There are some separate and district property relief programs available to New Jersey Homeowners:

Property Tax Reimbursement Program 1-800-882-6597 Click Here

Homestead Property Tax Rebate Program 1-800-238-1233 Click Here