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COVID-19 Ratepayer Relief Measures
Release Date: November 18, 2021

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: COVID-19 RATEPAYER RELIEF MEASURES

Certain measures are in place providing relief to ratepayers experiencing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please review this message in its entirety.  For more information, please go to our website at www.harveycedars.org or contact the Utility Collector at clerk@harveycedars.org.

 

SERVICE SHUTOFF MORATORIUM

BE ADVISED that Executive Order 229 currently prohibits a local government from shutting off water or electric service to a residential customer, or to accounts primarily serving residential customers, due to nonpayment of water, sewer, or electric charges unless the disconnection is to prevent or ameliorate a risk to public health or safety.  This shutoff moratorium remains in effect until January 1, 2022. 

Please Note: It is not part of the Borough’s normal policy to shut off customers for non-payment.

 

LATE PAYMENT PENALTY AND LIEN ENFORCEMENT MORATORIUM

BE ADVISED that, until January 1, 2022, Executive Order 229 places a moratorium on local governments enforcing late payment charges and penalties on water accounts, or referring a delinquent water payment to tax sale.  On or after January 1, 2022, charges and penalties may be imposed for delinquent payments, and any payments remaining delinquent may be referred to a tax lien sale held by the municipal tax collector. 

 

BILL ASSISTANCE AND ARREARAGE FORGIVENESS PROGRAMS

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is currently developing a Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).  This program is designed to assist water and sewer customers facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Further information will be provided once the program goes live.

 

OPPORTUNITY TO REPAY ARREARAGES IN INSTALLMENTS

BE ADVISED that residents experiencing economic hardship during COVID-19 and who are behind on their water/sewer payments may be eligible to enter into an agreement whereby the resident agrees to pay their arrearages in installments over a period of time.  As part of the agreement, the resident must keep up to date on all current charges.  For more information on repaying arrearages in installments, email finance@harveycedars.org or call 609-361-6000 option 6.



Borough of Harvey Cedars
7606 Long Beach Blvd., P.O. Box 3185, Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008
(609) 361-6000

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