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Online Taxes and Sewer Payments

Online Tax Bill and Sewer Bill Payments are now available on the Township website. Making your payment online is fast, easy, and safe. In just a few minutes, your transaction will be complete. You can choose to pay by a Checking Account ACH Payment (e-Check) or by a Credit Card Payment. There is a $1 ACH fee charged for each transaction. 


To accommodate those who cannot get to the Municipal Building during normal operating hours, a locked Dropbox has been installed in the vestibule of the Police Department. 

Downtown Committee

The Township has developed a committee comprised of approximately 20 members that includes Township officials, business and property owners, local residents and other experts.  


The landing page can be accessed by clicking here

Tree Replacement Plan

If your property had a township tree which fell during a storm or was lost or removed due to disease or age, and you wish it to be replaced let us know. Or, if you would like a tree planted  in front of your house, on public property only, please let us know by submitting your information on the Tree Replacement Program webpage.  

Farmers' Marketplace

The Scotch Plains Farmers' Market has returned for its 25th year. The open-air market will be open in the Municipal Lot (430 Park Avenue) every Saturday until November from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. , unless otherwise mentioned.


Click here to learn more about the Farmers' Market.

Report a Pothole

To help preserve the local roads in Scotch Plains, the Township has implemented a Report a Pothole form for residents. 

Summer Concert Series Schedule

The Township of Scotch Plains is hosting its Summer Concert Series every Thursday evening on the Village Green and invites all its residents to attend at 7:30 p.m. 


The lineup is as follows:  

  • August 17 at 7:30 p.m. -- The 80's Explosion
  • August 31 at 7:30 p.m. -- Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens
  • TBD -- Brother John Brown Band

The Summer Concert Series is presented by Investors Bank. K-9 Resorts is the Gold Sponsor of the concert series. 

Friday Night Family Movie Series

Every Friday in August, the Township of Scotch Plains will host a Family Movie Night on the Alan Augustine Village Green. 


All movies will start at dark and the line-up for the remainder of the month is as follows:

  • August 18 -- A League of Their Own
  • August 25 -- Moana

Friday Family Movie Night is sponsored by Elizabethtown Gas, which made a generous donation to support the summer series. Other generous sponsors include Investors Bank, PSE&G and New Jersey American Water.

Cruising Car Show Set for September 14

Back by popular demand, the Township of Scotch Plains has announced the return of its Cruising Car Show to the downtown district for Thursday, September 14 from 6-9 p.m. on Park Avenue. 


In addition to the countless hot rods and classic cars, there will be live music on the Village Green by Memphis Rain. 


The event is sponsored by the Scotch Plains Cultural Arts Committee. 

Harvest Fest to Return on September 23

NEW: Online Tax Payment and Inquiry Page

The Township of Scotch Plains has simplified the Online Tax Payment process through a new one-stop landing page. The new link will allow residents to find their property by name or address and then will direct how much is due for taxes and sewer payments.    Click here to access the new landing page.    


* Note: The 3rd Quarter grace period has been extended to August 30.

Summer Concert Series Kicks Off

The Township of Scotch Plains kicked off its Summer Concert Series on the Village Green on Thursday evening with a performance by The Revolving Door Band. Join us next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as The 80's Explosion takes the stage.  


Click here to view photos from Thursday's show. 

Interior Renovations at Shady Rest Underway

Renovations of the third and final phase on the interior of the Shady Rest began last month. Walls, flooring and electrical wiring have all be torn down as the historic building is set to receive a significant facelift to complete the renovation process. Work is expected to conclude by the Fall of 2017.  


Click here to view the initial stages. 

Scotch Plains Officials Visit Brookside Camp

Mayor Al Smith, Town Manager Al Mirabella and Special Projects Coordinator Margaret Heisey visited Brookside Camp this week and thanked the staff for a great summer. This is the final week of the camp and it is a summer program the Township is very proud of. 

National Night Out Unites Law Enforcement and Community on Tuesday, August 1

The Township of Scotch Plains and Scotch Plains Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out on the Village Green on Tuesday evening. The outdoor event united local law enforcement officials with the community for an evening of fun. 


Among those in attendance were Mayor Al Smith, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones, Councilwoman Rose Checchio, Police Chief Ted Conley, Police Captain Paul Belford, and Fire Chief John Lestarchick.

Scotch Plains Among Top 100 Towns in NJ

Niche.com, a real estate website that produces rankings of neighborhoods and school systems, has released its list of 2017 “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey. Scotch Plains (A grade, ranked #79 in NJ).  Click here to view the study. 

27th Annual Mayor's Gala Set for December 8

The 27th Annual Scotch Plains Mayor's Gala is scheduled for Fri., December 8 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the Shackamaxon Country Club. A silent auction and raffle will be held.


This year's honorees include:

  • Paulette Coronato 
  • Vincent Losavio
  • Pamela & Rich Duthie

Tickets for this event are $85 and can be purchased through the Community Pass page under activities in Scotch Plains Recreation. 


For more info, call 908-322-6700 Ext. 220.

Scotch Plains Police Launch Medicine Dropbox

In an effort to curb pill and painkiller abuse, the Scotch Plains Police Department has launched the Project Medicine Dropbox for expired medications in pill form only.    


For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Dropbox can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers and similar objects. No liquids, medical waste, or syringes are allowed. Consumers wishing to dispose of these objects should consult their doctor or pharmacists to identify the best way of getting rid of them.    


Once a medication is placed in the box, it cannot be retrieved at any time. Double check the medications you are depositing to make sure you are not putting any current medications in.  


The collection box is located in the lobby of the Scotch Plains Police Department office on 430 Park Ave. Residents have access to the medicine dropbox 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Scotch Plains Police Dept. Gets Accreditation

The Scotch Plains Police Department has officially received its accreditation from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police as it was presented with a certification at the Scotch Plains Council Conference meeting on Tuesday evening.  


Only about one-third of the law enforcement departments in the State of New Jersey have achieved the status of accreditation, which gets renewed every three years.

Sign-Up for Code Red Community Notifications

Be the first to know in the event of emergency situations and critical community alerts by signing up for Code Red. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports. There is also an option to sign up for notifications for general township events.  


Click here to be directed to the sign-up page.    


For more details, visit www.scotchplainsnj.gov.

Union County Surrogate 2017 Hours & Schedule

Union County Surrogate James LaCorte will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Township Hall (430 Park Avenue, Room 202) on the second Monday of the month from 5-6 p.m. by appointment only for the convenience of local residents. The Surrogate is responsible for administering the estate of a deceased person and judging the legitimacy of wills.


Mr. LaCorte will be available the second Monday of each month throughout 2016 on the following dates:


January 9

March 13

April 10

May 8

June 12

July 10

August 14

September 11

November 13

December 11


Appointments for Scotch Plains can be made by contacting Mr. LaCorte at (908) 527-4280 Monday–Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Residents also have the availability to download the information sheet and instructions at www.ucnj.org/surrogate/information-sheet

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