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Board approves tax grace period

Gloucester County taxpayers will get a brief reprieve in this year’s tax cycle, as the board of supervisors approved an ordinance Tuesday night postponing the imposition of late fees on real estate and personal property payments until Aug. 14.

While the due date for tax payments remains June 30, penalties and interest will not begin to accrue until after the August date. The board voted by a 6-1 margin on this measure following a public hearing during Tuesday’s electronic meeting. The purpose of the postponement is to give taxpayers relief in light of the economic strain caused by the pandemic.

Supervisor Mike Winebarger cast the only dissenting vote. He said he voted against the measure because he felt that the grace period for late fees was not substantial enough to be truly helpful to Gloucester County residents. He would have preferred an actual tax holiday instead of the proposed ordinance.

Board member Ashley Chriscoe agreed with Winebarger’s sentiment of wanting to do ...

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