Lafayette NJ
33 Morris Farm Road
Lafayette, NJ 07848
973-383-1817 phone
973-383-0566 fax
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Welcome to Lafayette

The Township of Lafayette is located in rural Sussex County in the northwest corner of New Jersey. Lafayette is a small community comprising of 18.7 square miles and a population of approximately 2,400 residents. Lafayette Township was incorporated in 1845 and is the first town in the United States to be named after the Marquis de LaFayette.

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Lafayette Residents: Show Off Your Talents!
Enter the Pie Baking or Cake Decorating Competition — Ribbons Awarded
Fire Prevention Poster Contest for Kids — Prizes Awarded
Display your Artwork at the Art and Photography Gallery
Please see the entry form for details

Township Issues Its First Newsletter
Residents should soon be receiving their copy of the inaugural Lafayette newsletter. For those of you who wish a sneak peak, click here to download the PDF version. This issue is titled simply Lafayette Township Newsletter, but with a little help from our residents, the next issue will feature a name suggested by one of our townspeople. See the newsletter for details!

Spring is Here! Register for Your Plot in the Lafayette Township Community Garden
Registration is now being accepted for 6’X10’ plots located at the Lafayette Pond on a first come, first serve basis. Seasonal cost is $25 per plot, which includes a lockable gate, fenced area, prepared raised beds, and water. Great family project.
community garden plot registration
Downloads: Flier | Registration form | Hold Harmless agreement | Garden Rules

Lafayette Day June 4

Lafayette Day — Saturday, June 4
Lafayette Township will be hosting Lafayette Day on Saturday, June 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday, June 5. We will have a fun-filled day of activities and games for children and adults. The event and activities will be held downtown and in the park. We are currently inviting vendors to participate in this year’s event. Vendor space is open to those who would like to promote their organization or business, sell a product or provide a fun activity for the kids and/or adults. If you are selling food, please note that all food vendors must file for a food handler’s license with Sussex County Department of Health. Download Vendor Application / More Information

If you are a Lafayette Township resident or business, there will be no charge for vendor space. Download the Lafayette Resident/Business Vendor Form/ more information.

Vendor forms and payment must be received by May 20. Please call Stephanie at 973-383-1817 ext.11 or email if you have any questions regarding this event.

Property Taxes And Your Assessment
The Tax Assessor has no control over the tax rate or the taxes you pay.   Property taxes are a direct result of your assessment.  The tax rate is a direct result of the County, School, and Municipal budgets.  The tax rate is annually applied to each hundred of assessed value to determine your annual taxes.

If you disagree with your assessment, you have the right to file an appeal on or before April 1, of each year.  However, you must prove your assessed value is incorrect and outside the common level range (Chapter 123). 

You cannot file an appeal of your taxes.  You cannot compare assessments.

The way to prove market value is by SALES of similar properties;  they must be usable sales.  Adjustments must be made for differences in square footage (gross living area), finished basements, number of bathrooms, etc.  Once you have completed that evaluation, then you must see if your assessment falls within the common level range.

As to Zillow, or one of the companies that solicit tax appeals, be wary.  Zillow averages sales and non-usable sales can be included in that averaging.  Companies that solicit you requesting payment for information, provides you with public information that you can obtain online without payment. The Assessor’s office annually, in February, posts a list of all usable sales in the Township which can be considered by taxpayers. But again, you cannot file an appeal of your taxes but must prove your assessment is incorrect.

Foreclosure Assistance
The Department of Community Affairs and New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency recognize that many New Jersey families are currently going through or facing foreclosure. The State of New Jersey and the federal government provide a variety of programs to assist homeowners. Information about these programs is free.
About Foreclosure, First Steps: www.nj.gov/dca/hmfa/foreclosure/about/
Foreclosure Fast Facts in English: www.nj.gov/dca/hmfa/media/download/foreclosure/fc_foreclosurefastfacts_english.pdf
The link for Foreclosure Fast Facts in Spanish: www.nj.gov/dca/hmfa/media/download/foreclosure/fc_foreclosurefastfacts_spanish.pdf
For more information on foreclosure relief programs, please call 1-800-NJ-HOUSE.

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Hurricane Season
Be prepared by monitoring the weather and use common sense to minimize the danger to you and your family. The NJ Office of Emergency Management website is a valuable source of information for preparedness. Please visit this website to learn how to create your emergency tool kit: http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan/kit-plan.html

Hurricane Season Information from the Office of Emergency Management
Click here to download a copy of the New Jersey Hurricane Survival Guide

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management offers readiness steps.

Emergency preparedness is important.
Please click the following links for more information:
http://www.ready.nj.gov , http://www.ready.gov/ , http://www.citizencorps.gov/
and to learn how to build an emergency kit, download at: http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/checklist_1.pdf

Mosquito Tips
DEP, DHSS urge residents to take precautions against mosquitoes. Click here for press release. (PDF)

Elections - Video Guide for First Time NJ Voters
The Hall Institute of Public Policy and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey have created a five-minute video public service (PSA) announcement entitled "What Happens When You Go To Vote in New Jersey: A Step-by-Step Guide". For full details about the PSA, visit www.hallnj.org.

Low Energy Assistance Program
The Department of Community Affairs recently announced that supplemental benefits are available through the federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Eligible households do not need to reapply for the program to receive supplemental benefits. The benefits are available because LIHEAP funding for the year increased beyond the original projection provided by the federal government. read more

NJDEP Reminds Residents of Events & Natural Resources
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would like to remind residents of New Jersey of the various events and natural resources that are available at New Jersey's 39 State Parks, 11 Forests, 50 Historic sites and 121 Wildlife Management Areas.

To help visitors plan for and make the most out of their trips to New Jersey's State parks, forest and historic sites, visit:

Division of Parks and Forestry:
     www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests
Calendar of Events:
     www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/calendar/index.html
The Official New Jersey State Parks and Forests Guide:      www.pocketranger.com/apps/nj/apps.php
Official New Jersey Tourism Website:
     www.visitnj.org

Solutions to Stormwater Pollution
Easy things you can do every day to protect our water: download brochure

Public Service Announcement: Grill Safety
The Department of Community Affairs' Division of Fire Safety recently reminded residents to review fire safety grilling tips to avoid injury this summer. Download Safe Summer Cooking Tips

"The Making of Our Nation's Law" is a four page document that concisely explains how the Legislative Branch operates in the United States Capitol. The pamphlet appears at http://www.njslom.org/nations_laws.html.

Veteran Discount Program
Jeffery Parrott, Acting Sussex County Clerk attended our November 1st meeting to present information on the Veteran Discount Program that is available through the Clerk's office. Participating merchants are posted at: www.sussexcountyclerk.com. This list will be updated as new businesses are added.

Local Business that are interested in participating should email Jeff Parrott at: jparrott.scclerk@nac.net

Phone Scams
Parrott also advised us that residents should be aware of phone scams. Never give out or confirm any personal or financial information over the phone. There are scams involving Social Security, insurance or certified copies of your deed. More information is provided at: www.sussexcountyclerk.com.

Additional information can be picked up at the municipal building or by calling 973-383-1817

Notice to All Veterans and to All Persons/Organizations Interfacing with Veterans
download information, PDF

State Police Issues Warning of Asphalt Paving and Seal Coating Scam; Canadian Lottery Check Cashing Scheme. Click here to read the PSA.