As of April 1, 2020 The office of the Tax Collector has received no guidance from the State of New York on deferment of tax payments, either in the form of installments or full amounts. The collection due dates and penalty schedules remain in effect. The St. Lawrence County Treasurers Office has reached out to us and confirmed that tax collection will continue as mandated under New York State Tax Law. If things change and the state releases guidance on this issue I will let everyone now on this forum.
Tax Collector/Town Clerk
During the coronavirus threat please avoid unnecessary travel. So far, our community has not yet been hit hard by the virus. If you have been out of the area, possibly where the danger is greater, please take extreme precautions if you decide to return to Morristown.
· Stay at home without going out for 14 days after you return.
· Arrive with enough supplies of food, water and medicine so that you don’t have to go out.
· Avoid contact with others to the greatest extent possible.
· Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-share.
· Keep your distance from others (at least 6 feet).
Thank you for helping to keep all of us safe.
I have had many inquiries concerning the upcoming second Town and County tax installment due on or before March 31st. Taxpayers are wondering how to come into the office to pay or if we are even collecting right now. I have asked for guidance from the county, but they have heard nothing from the State of New York about any extensions. So, in the absence of any information, I assume that the collection protocol remains the same. The majority of payments are made through the mail and I encourage everyone who can do so to mail your tax payments. Remember, if you are mailing your payment, I use the postmark on the envelope, not the date on your check. For cash payers, you may deposit your cash payment, for the exact amount only, in our secure drop box right next to the back door of the Town Hall at 604 Main Street. I monitor that box 2 or 3 times each day. Anyone dropping off a payment in the drop box, please enclose the payment with your slip in a sealed envelope. Please put your name and contact number on the envelope in case I need to reach you. Our office continues to remain open for limited hours, but I assure you all town functions continue. I haven’t put a lot of information on the Town website about COVID-19 because I feel we have been inundated with information from social media and the news media. Please don’t forget to reach out to family and neighbors to make sure everyone is doing ok. Be safe. David Murray-Town Clerk
Links to Information about the Corona Virus
Useful Phone Numbers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1-800-232-INFO
New York State Department of Health 24/7 Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
St. Lawrence County Public Health: 315-386-2325
Declaration of State of Emergency
Town of Morristown Supervisor, Frank Putman, has declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an effort to safeguard Town of Morristown residents and town employees, the Town Courthouse and Town Hall will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17, until further notice.
Essential employees will continue to report to work and will be available to take phone calls from members of the public. The drop box at the Town Offices at 604 Main St. can be utilized by residents to leave documents for the court and other offices. Tax payments will be accepted by mail or by using the drop box. Please make sure all documents are in a sealed envelope and contact information is clearly marked on each envelope. The Court wishes to notify litigants that court proceedings have been adjourned for all non-essential matters and you will be notified of a new appearance date in the manner provided on the Court notification document.
To Contact the Town Court please call 315 375-4148 9AM – 4PM
To Contact the town Clerk please call 315 375-6510 9AM – 4PM
To Contact the Code Officer please call 315 375-8572 7AM – 3PM
To Contact the Assessor please call 315 375-8415 Leave a message
To secure Notary service call 315 375-4148 for an appointment. Please remember to follow social distancing protocols.
Town officials are keeping in contact with the St. Lawrence County Health Director as matters progress.
You are urged to follow the recommendations from the St. Lawrence County and New York State Departments of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
The public can review updates on the coronavirus at health.ny.gov and at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention at cdc.gov