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Tax Office

Phone:  (908) 454-5500
Fax:       (908) 454-6511

What are the duties of the Tax Collector?

• Collection of Taxes, Sewers, Liens and other fees imposed by Ordinance. 
• Reconciliation of State Reports and Municipal Account.
• Maintaining rapport w/ residents and lending institutions. 

Tax Collector:  Sandra A. Callery, Ext. 307
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Tax Clerk:  Rebecca Schneck, Ext. 355
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Sewer Clerk:  Donna Johnson, Ext. 310
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To see a specific property's tax history, click here: TAX INQUIRY


Our Business Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Property Tax Due Dates:
(Quarterly Payments)


Sewer Due Dates:
(Quarterly Payments)


You always have a 10 day grace period after each tax and sewer due date.
If the 10th day falls on a weekend, you have until the following business day.

Tax Deduction Programs:
• Veterans (Widow or Widower)
• Senior Citizens (Surviving Spouse of a Senior Citizen)
• Disabled Persons (Surviving Spouse of a Disabled Person)

Tax Relief Programs:
• Homestead Benefit
• Property Tax Reimbursement/Freeze

Tax Collector's Office Information:
Office Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm

The Tax Collectors Office is responsible for billing and collecting all taxes and sewer rents, as well as other accounts receivable.
For Information on Property Tax Liens, Please Call: (908) 454-5500 x 307

Collection Hours for Tax and Sewer: 8:00am to 4:30 pm



Tax Bills:

Tax bills are due on a quarterly basis. Tax bills are mailed once a year during the summer. The bill you receive has 3rd and 4th quarters of the current year, and 1st and 2nd quarters of the following year. The due dates for each quarter are printed on the payment stubs of the bill, February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. There is no discount for pre-payment.

There is a ten calendar day grace period each tax quarter for payment of taxes without interest being charged. Failure to pay within that period will result in interest being charged back to the first day of the month.

NOTE: When mailing payments, please specify that your payment is for Property Tax. This office will not accept "post-dated" checks. Postdated checks will be returned to the sender.

A Drop Box has been provided for the convenience of our residents. Delinquent payments must still be paid inside the Municipal Building. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED IN THE DROP BOX! You may deposit Current Property Tax Payments, Current Sewer Bill Payments, The DROP BOX is located on the wall by the police entrance.


Remittances requiring a receipt MUST be accompanied by the ENTIRE tax bill and a self addressed, stamped envelope. Otherwise, it is acceptable to detach the appropriate stub to mail along with your check, and the cancelled check will serve as your receipt.


Each year, there is a Tax Sale for unpaid taxes and other municipal charges from the previous year. A list is published in the newspaper for four weeks preceding the sale and the cost of advertising is added to the delinquent amount owed. The amounts due, however, may be paid up to the day before the sale in the form of a certified check, cash or money order. If the delinquent accounts are not cleared and the property goes into the sale, a lien is placed against the property. If the lien is picked up by the Town of Phillipsburg, foreclosure proceedings will begin six months from the date of the sale. If an outside buyer picks up the lien, he must hold it for two years from the date of sale before starting foreclosure proceedings. All liens must be paid by cash, certified check or money order.

Change of Ownership:

Tax bills should be given to the new owner or his paying agent upon closing. A charge may be imposed for a duplicate bill. A final water meter reading must be scheduled when there is a change of ownership or tenant. If you own property within the Town of Phillipsburg, and no longer live at that address, please contact the Tax Collector's Office for change of information.

Mortgage Escrow:

If the money is escrowed by a lending institution for tax payment, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to have the institution send to the Tax Office the correct bank code.

If any property is refinanced or sold to another lending institution, it is the agency's responsibility to provide to the Tax Office the new bank code.

When a mortgage is satisfied, please contact the tax office for the removal of the bank code.

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of tax collection, please call the office and our staff will assist you.

Sewer Bills:

Sewer Rent Billing Cycle: Quarterly - Due Dates: 30 days from date of bill

NOTE: When mailing payments, checks should be made payable to the “Phillipsburg Sewer Utility”.

For Information on Sewer Billing, Please Call: (908) 454-5500 ext. 310 or 355.
For Information on Water Service (PRIVATE, AQUA NEW JERSEY), Please Call: 1-877-987-2782.

Finance & Payroll:

Chief Financial Officer:  Robert J. Merlo, Ext. 311, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Accounts Payable/Payroll:  Brenda Cyphers, Ext. 308, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Accounting Assistant:  Joan Garrett, Ext. 435, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The Treasury is an internal accounting department that services all the departments of the Town of Phillipsburg. The Treasury is responsible for custody of all municipal funds and day to day financial management of the Municipal Budgets, Capital Ordinances and Trust Funds. Two of the principal functions of the Treasury are payroll and accounts payable.
For information, Please Call: (908) 454-5500 ext. 311.

Open Public Records Act
P.L. 2001, CHAPTER 404
N.J.S. 47:1A-1 et seq.
The Legislature finds and declares it to be the public policy of this State that:



All records shall be accessible

Government records shall be readily accessible for inspection, copying, or examination by the citizens of this State, with certain exceptions, for the protection of the public interest, and any limitations on the right of access accorded by P.L.1963, c.73 (C.47:1A-1 et seq.) as amended and supplemented, shall be construed in favor of the public's right of access;…

To see the entire OPRA law, click here: OPRA

To obtain public records from the Town of Phillipsburg, the OPRA form (download the PDF file below) must be completed and submitted to the appropriate department.

Cost of Document Copies:

State Statute NJSA 47:1A-2 sets forth the following costs for copies of documents requested through the Town Clerk's office:

.05 cents/page letter size
.07 cents/page legal size

Town of Phillipsburg OPRA Form: PDF File



Open Public Records Act (OPRA)

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