Taxes are due February 1st with a grace period until February 10th. Please have payment to the Tax Collector’s Office by that date as we don’t accept postmarks. If you have already paid your taxes, thank you.
For your convenience, we have installed a secured lock box at the front entrance for after hours payments.
Chester Borough Mayor Janet Hoven and Chester Township Mayor William Cogger signed an agreement on December 20th, 2016 whereby the Township will provide all police service for the Borough. The six Borough officers will become employees of the Township. This agreement will go into effect on January 1, 2017. To read the agreement, please go to the end of this article for the link.
As of January 1, 2017, The Chester Borough Police & The Chester Township Police Department will become The Chester Police Department. There will be no disruption of services and we will continue to provide the highest level of dedication to all residents of Chester. As of March 1st, 2017, the non-emergency phone number, 908-879-5626, for The Chester Borough Police Department will no longer be operational. This number will be forwarded to The Chester Police Department until that date.
If you are a resident or business in Chester Borough and have a Home Security Monitoring or Medical Alert system, please notify your security company of the phone number change. The non-emergency phone number for The Chester Police Department is (908)-879-5514. If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
Click here to read the agreement.
On Tuesday night, December 20th, the Chester Borough Council will be voting on entering into a contract with Chester Township for police services. This meeting commences at 7 pm and is open to the public.
Chester Borough has openings on the following committees / commissions. Open to Chester Borough residents only.
If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please contact Mayor Hoven at email@example.com
There are also openings on the Recreation Commission. If you are interested, please contact Recreation@ChesterBorough.org
With the arrival of frigid weather, PSE&G offers tips to help you stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning, stay warm and save energy.
For safety’s sake: remember that carbon monoxide (CO) is odorless, tasteless and can be deadly. CO poisoning is more common in cold weather when fuel-heating appliances are in use.
Stay warm and save energy:
DEP OFFERS TIPS ON REDUCING POLLUTANTS AND SAFETY THREATS FROM BURNING OF WOOD DURING COLDER MONTHS
TRENTON – With colder weather and the holidays approaching, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin reminds residents to practice safety and take steps to reduce the impact burning of wood has on air quality in their homes and neighborhoods.
“Burning of wood – whether in fireplaces, wood stoves, or outdoor wood boilers – can help reduce energy costs and add a cozy ambience to any home as the weather turns colder,” said Commissioner Martin. “But wood burning also emits small particles and other air pollutants that can be significantly reduced with some common-sense practices, better protecting your health as well as your neighbors’ health and creating the climate for a safer and more enjoyable season.” For some people, even short-term exposure to wood smoke can aggravate lung or heart conditions. Children, teen-agers, older adults and people with lung diseases such as asthma and COPD, or heart conditions are most susceptible to the effects of wood smoke.
The DEP recommends following these guidelines for burning wood at home:
If you plan on burning wood as a major way to heat your home this winter, the DEP recommends upgrading to a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified wood stove or fireplace insert. The newer equipment will reduce air pollution and is much more energy efficient.
For more information on wood burning in New Jersey, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/baqp/woodburning.html
For more on the EPA’s Burnwise program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/
Chester Recreation, along with Girl Scout Troop 94356 and BRMS 8th grade peer leaders, collected over 5 boxes of food and $50 for the Chester Food Pantry at the annual Trunk or Treat event held at Chubb Park on 10/29. Great job, everyone!
Dear West Morris Regional High School Community:
Please remember to vote on November 8. The ballot includes the following question put to the voters by the West Morris Regional High School District Board of Education:
“Shall the West Morris Regional High School District’s annual and special appropriations be apportioned on the following basis: 50% on each municipality’s equalized valuation allocated to the West Morris Regional High School District as provided by state law and 50% on the proportioned number of pupils enrolled from each municipality on the 15th day of October of the pre-budget year?”
If approved, this would change the funding of annual and special appropriations (more simply put, the District’s budget) from the current formula based 100% on each municipality’s equalized valuation.
The attached presentation, which is also available on the District website, is provided to inform your decision. Most of it is self-explanatory, however, a couple of items may benefit from further discussion.
Some basic background provides context for the ballot question. 5 municipalities participate in the two high school District. With only a few exceptions, West Morris Mendham High School is dedicated to the Chesters and Mendhams, which in the current year send 51.2% of the Districts’ students and pay 65.95% of the taxes necessary to run the District. Likewise with few exceptions, West Morris Central High School is dedicated to Washington Township, which in the current year sends 48.8% of the Districts’ students and pays 34.05% of the taxes necessary to run the District.
The current 100% equalized value formula was mandated by a state law adopted in 1975. Prior to that, and dating back to the District’s formation in 1958, the district’s budget was funded based 100% on the proportioned number of pupils enrolled from each municipality.
Pages 9-12 of the presentation contain charts that will give you a qualitative view of the potential tax impact of changing the funding formula. They should not be viewed as providing a statement as to what you will actually pay. This is because your actual taxes will depend on three variables that we can not predict with certainty: (1) number of students; (2) equalized property values and (3) district spending. For this reason, the charts only provide the dollar impact for prior years, for which each of the variables is known. These prior year charts show what would have happened if the new formula had been applied in those years.
Looking forward to years 2017-2020, the charts only provide the percentage of district funding (“% Regional Tax” in the last column) that might be paid by each municipality if the number of students currently in each of the sending K-8 districts arrive at the high school in exactly the same percentages as currently exists in the 5th through 8th grades. The actual numbers may be close, but it is highly unlikely they will be exactly the same. As a result, the calculation of each town’s % Regional Tax should be viewed as illustrative and not absolute.
The best way to look at the charts for years 2017-2020 is to compare your town’s % Regional Tax for the Current Formula of 100% Equalized Value in the top chart on page 7 of the attachment to future years % Regional Tax. Assuming (1) the 5th through 8th grade student populations accurately predict the percentage of student from each town in the high school in a given year, (2) equalized property values hold steady and (3) the district’s spending is unchanged, in any year in which your town’s % Regional Tax is greater than its 2016 % Regional Tax, you will pay more tax than you will in 2016. Likewise, in any year in which your town’s % Regional Tax is less than its 2016 % Regional Tax, you will pay less tax than you will in 2016.
The funding formula has been a source of controversy for many years, however, the Board takes no position on the ballot question other than to urge you to please vote on November 8.
Robert O. Strobel, President
West Morris Regional High School District Board of Education
Please be advised that the Borough’s Annual Tax Reassessment is currently taking place. This will effect approximately 25% of the Borough’s properties. Over the next few weeks an inspector may be visiting to inspect your property. These individuals will be able to provide valid identification. Thank you.