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Frequently Asked Questions...
No. During power outages, the Police Department's emergency call volume increases dramatically as we respond to various situations around town.
If you have an emergency during a power outage please do call us.
However, if you are calling only to inquire as to when the power will be restored, just like you we do not know. When this is done, it prevents our dispatchers from answering calls with emergencies pending. You may call the power company or check the power companies website from a mobile device during a power outage to get an estimate when the outage will be restored, however we do not know when you will get your power back.
Yes. We have a program for our senior citizens in town where the individual will call our phone at 201-568-1400 to check in that they are ok, usually between 7:00am and 11:00am. Should a member of the list fail to check in with us via telephone, we will attempt to call them to check their status. If we cannot make contact over the phone, an officer will be dispatched to their home to physically check on them.
If you or your loved one wishes to be added to our list, please call our department to answer a few short questions and you will be added to the list.
Yes. We have a vacant house list that officers get each morning. The officer will drive by your house to spot check and see if everything appears ok. If you are going away on vacation and would like to be added to the list, please call us at 201-568-1400. You will be asked several questions from our form over the phone by one of our dispatchers who will then add you to the list.
No. Vehicles are not allowed to be parked on any street in Cresskill when the road is snow covered. The D.P.W. has to plow the road and your vehicle cannot obstruct their path. Vehicles that are parked in the street are subject to a summons and/or being towed at the owner's expense.
Solicitors are allowed to go to your home provided that they have a valid permit issued from the Borough of Cresskill. Always ask a solicitor to see a valid permit to solicit along with a picture I.D. before any interactions. If you feel the activity of the solicitor to be suspicious, do not hesitate to call the Police Department and we will send an officer to check.
Overnight street parking is prohibited in Cresskill between Oct. 15 to April 15. Those that need to park due to an exigency such as no room must request permission from the Police Department by calling 201-568-1400 after 7:00 pm. Permission maybe be denied due to weather forecast or other reasons. We will need your license plate, location the vehicle is parked in front of, and an emergency phone number should we need to have the vehicle moved from the road.
This program is for seniors 60+ and disabled that are homebound.Call for more information 201-358-0050 or 201-336-7420.
Standard Tax Sale: When prior years taxes and/or other municipal charges remain owing and due in the current year, pursuant to the above N.J. Statute, the municipality will enforce the collection of those charges by offering same for sale which will cause a Tax Lien Certificate to be sold and filed against the property, and can become subject to foreclosure proceedings if not redeemed timely.
Accelerated Tax Sale: When current years taxes and/or other municipal charges remain owing and due after the statutory due date (Nov 10th.), the municipality may enforce the collection of those charges by offering for sale, the property, which will cause a Tax Lien Certificate to be sold and filed against the property, and will become subject to foreclosure proceedings if not redeemed timely.
If you owe one, two, or three quarters in taxes the amount due with interest becomes much greater.
Please note: If you pay a portion of your tax bill, the payment will go toward the oldest payment due. For example, if you owe for your 1st, 2nd and 3rd Quarter tax bills and you make a partial payment in September, the payment will go towards the principle and interest owed on your 1stQuarter tax bill.
If you have outstanding tax payments for the prior year, still outstanding in the current year, the property will be subject to TAX SALE pursuant to New Jersey State Law, N.J.S.A. 54:5-19.
If your taxes are paid after the due date (inclusive of the 10 day grace period), interest will be assessed at the rates permissible by law, 8% on the first $1,500.00 and 12% on the remaining balance.
Property taxes are due quarterly:
- February 1
- May 1
- August 1
- November 1
We allow a 10 day grace period. Whenever the 10th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the taxes are due on the following business day.
The amount of taxes assessed to support the municipal budget. To operate and maintain the Municipality, provide municipal services such as garbage collection, street lighting, street maintenance and public safety.
Your TAX BILLS consists of your Municipal, County and School taxes.
Currently your garbage contractor is picking up brush along with the grass and garden debris. Branches must be less than 4 feet in length, tied and bundled, and placed at the curb. NO PLASTIC BAGS or LOOSE BRANCHES.
Branches that are too big to tie and bundle can be dragged to the curb. The DPW will come by and chip them at our convenience. If the chipper went by before you put out you branches, you are responsible to have them removed. So get them out ASAP.
If your branch is too big to drag to the curb you must find other means of disposing them.
We would like to remind you that your garbage contractor is currently picking up grass and garden debris curbside on Wednesdays through November. It must be placed in barrels no larger than 30 gallons and placed at the curb prior to 7:00 AM. NO PLASTIC BAGS. You are reminded that there is a Borough ordinance that prohibits dumping of debris on boroughstreets.ovsites.com/departments/dpw/edit/104
Residents may also bring their grass, garden debris and branches to the DPW Recycling Center. NO PLASTIC BAGS. The Recycling Center is located at 325 Piermont Rd. and is open Tuesday and Saturday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Please note: there will be no curbside grass and garden debris pick up from December 1st, 2020 to March 1st, 2021. Garden debris can be brought to the DPW yard.