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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. 


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

Online Tax Account Page

The Township of Scotch Plains has simplified the Online Tax Payment process through a new one-stop landing page.


The new link allows residents to find their property by name or address and then directs the amount due for taxes and sewer payments. Click here to access the new landing page.    

Report a Pothole

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

Important Info About Your August Tax Payment

Due to the Division of Local Government’s delay in certifying the municipal budget, there will be a delay in the certification of the 2018 tax rate.  


Therefore, the mailing of tax bills will be delayed.  An extension to the grace period for the payment due on August 1st will be given.  


The date your August payment will need to reach the tax office will be reflected on the tax bill.

Summer Concert Series Every Thursday

The Township of Scotch Plains and the Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to announce its Summer Concert Series on the Alan Augustine Village Green will kickoff on Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. ft. a performance from Eric Harrison’s Crash Chorus. The remainder of the series is as follows:

- Thursday, July 19: Wolf Creek
- Thursday, July 26: The Broadcasters

We hope you can attend!

Scotch Plains Community Night at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:05 p.m.

Join us on Wednesday, July 25th for Scotch Plains Community Night at TD Bank Ballpark as the Somerset Patriots host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 7:05 p.m. Mayor Al Smith will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.  


For the game there will be discounted group tickets that can be purchased for $8.50 exclusively for Scotch Plains residents. Visit the Patriots group portal ticket page for more details and enter the password "ScotchPlains" before checking out. 

SP-F PAL Football Registration Day Sat., July 28

Families can sign up for the upcoming 2018 Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Football season on Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Green Lawn along the front and side of the Scotch Plains Municipal Building on Park Ave. and Front St. 


Registration is open for kids in Grades K-8 for both contact and flag football programs. The PAL Board of Trustees and coaches of all levels will be on site to answer any questions that you may have. 

Social Media Scavenger Hunt for Parks & Recreation Month

Celebrate 2018 Park and Recreation Month by participating in our social media scavenger hunt. Compete by collecting and posting photographs in categories at parks in Scotch Plains while tagging the Recreation Department @scotchplainsrecreation, and using the hashtags #SPRec2018, #discoverjuly, #SPscavengerhunt for a chance to win.  


Click here to view a larger scale of the poster.   Click here to view a list of activities for Park & Recreation month.


A press release with more details on the events can be accessed by clicking here.   For more information on any of these programs, contact the Scotch Plains Parks & Recreation office at 908-322-6700 Ext. 223. 

Live Band Karaoke! on the Village Green

The Township of Scotch Plains will be hosting Live Band Karaoke Night on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Scotch Plains on the Alan Augustine Village Green (430 Park Ave).    


Live Band Karaoke Night will feature the band The Golden Boyz of New Brunswick, and participants will get to be the “lead singer” for the band and sing songs live from a variety of genres including Rock, Pop, Punk, Funk, Motown, Metal, and R&B.      


Click here for more information on the inaugural event. 

Visual Preference Survey Results for Downtown

The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) released the results of its two week long visual preference survey today on architectural themes that are preferred in downtown Scotch Plains. 2,139 people participated in the survey.


The results of the survey will be used to assist in defining the architectural themes and requirements in the redevelopment plan.  


Click here to see which was the most popular choice and to read the full analysis of the survey. 

Township Hosts Annual Fireworks Celebration

Hundreds of residents turned out for the Third Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on Saturday, June 30 as the Township put on display a great show at the Shady Rest at the Scotch Hills Country Club.  


Mayor Al Smith, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Councilman Ted Spera, Parks and Recreation Director DJ Salvante, Special Projects Coordinator Margaret Heisey and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe were among those in attendance for the spectacular evening. 


Click here to view the entire photo album on Facebook. 

VIDEO: Third Annual Fireworks Celebration

Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 2018

The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its 3rd Annual Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer on Wednesday, June 27 with hundreds of local residents in participation. The race, which also featured a one-mile Fun Run for the kids, was followed by a celebration on the Alan Augustine Village Green.


Mayor Al Smith, Councilman Ted Spera, Township Building Official Bob LaCosta, and Special Projects Coordinator Margaret Heisey were among those who participated in the annual run.


The benefit race was started by a group of local runners, who wanted to see a great event in their own downtown for the betterment of the downtown. And that group has joined with another group of local residents to who have previously put on the Patrick J. Allocca Memorial 5K.


Click here to view more photos from the event. 

Swimming Pool Safety

Swimming Pool Safety  As we get closer to summer, and winter quickly becomes a faded “bad” memory, we have visions of installing a swimming pool in our backyard and enjoying the summer months ahead.    


Swimming pool safety doesn’t just “happen”; and adhering to regulations can prevent an accident….The S in Safety is more than just Supervision.  Children must be watched closely.    


There is no substitute for an adult watching a child.  Do not let anything distract you when a child is in or near a body of water – not even for a second!  


Keep your eyes on the pool at all times!  Click here for more information on Pool Safety.

Scotch Plains Welcomes New Firefighters

The Township of Scotch Plains welcomes new firefighters its force: FF-Kilgore, Cornejo and Grzywacz!    


From left to right: Captain Michelle Weinstock, Emily Kilgore, Deputy Chief Rutland Paal, Luis Cornejo, Samantha Grzywacz, Municipal Manager Al Mirabella, Chief John Lestarchick.

New Jersey Special Needs Registry for Disasters

“Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters” allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.  


The information collected here is confidential and will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.


Click here to be register for New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters. 


For Registry Assistance, dial 211 (toll-free) and an operator will assist you in registering.

Important Info Regarding Sewer Utility Changes

The Township of Scotch Plains recently revised the billing schedule for annual sewer user fees.


Sewer bills will be mailed out in June; one payment only; due on September 1st (10 day grace period will apply).

Recycling Update: Bagged Recyclables Will NOT Be Picked Up

Effective immediately, recycling will no longer be picked up if it is bagged as the guidelines for recycling processing have recently been updated. This includes clear plastic bags. Specific protocols on recycling contamination have been revised this year with significant changes affecting the industry worldwide.    


When non-recyclable items (contamination) end up in recycling loads, they have the potential to turn the entire load into the trash and increase processing costs resulting in contamination and/or result in additional service charges.    


Please note that recycling should be placed at the curb in appropriate bins or containers as recycling placed in plastic bags will not be picked up. The Township does not supply recycling bins or containers.    




For more information on the Recycling Do's and Don'ts, please refer to the graphic below or visit www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.

Recycling Do's and Don'ts

Report a Pothole

The Department of Public Property is working effortlessly to fix any and all potholes throughout town.  


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

Housekeeping Tips: Think at the Sink & Don't Rush to Flush

Out of sight does not always mean out of mind, especially when it comes to your home.


Before you rinse anything down your kitchen sink or flush anything down the toilet it is important to be cognizant of the potential consequences. Click on the graphic to view tips and recommendations to protect your home. 

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. If residents are interested in dropping medicine off beyond office hours, they must check in at the intercom at the side of the building to be buzzed in. 

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 2018 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 except for February and October 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 2018 on the following dates:


March 12

April 9

May 14

June 11

July 9

August 13

September 10

November 12

December 10


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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