The township has given property owners another reprieve on paying their third-quarter tax bills, extending the grace period to Sept. 5 from Aug. 25.

“The grace period was extended because of a delay in Essex County certifying the 2017 tax rate,” the municipality announced on its website Thursday.

Property owners may use their “advice only” bill to make tax payments, according to the township.

In the first reprieve, in July the Township Council passed a resolution that allowed Montclair property owners to have until Aug. 25 to pay their third-quarter taxes without facing any penalties.

Typically, property owners would have only a 10-day grace period from when a quarterly tax bill is due to pay it without being considered delinquent, so for the third-quarter bill due on Aug. 1 the leeway would have been until Aug. 10.

But this year the township had to delayed mailing out the bills because Montclair’s school district, like others statewide, received its revised state-aid figures late. That, in turn, delayed the county from calculating the tax rates.

A township property owner’s tax bill goes toward municipal, local school district and county services and uses.

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