Municipal Forms Available for Download
see the forms page
for complete list

Municipal Codes
can be viewed online.

Tax Status
check on line to see if property tax payments are current

Wantage Zoning Map
Download PDF

Master Plan Reexamination Report
(PDF format)

Route 23 Area Redevelopment Plan

Procedure for Submittal of Petitions

Housing Plan and Fair Share Plan Draft - Revised December, 2008
– PDF format

Shelter Activation Procedures
"no heat,
no electricity"

E-Mail List

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Sussex County Community Alerting System
Cell phones can be added. Press Release

Notice to Wantage Township Landlords
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Tenant Letter
View (PDF)

Flu Hotline
Flu Hotline
The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services has opened a toll-free telephone line for the general public to call in regard to H1N1 Influenza and Vaccine.
The telephone line will be operational Monday – Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Municipal Offices

888 State Highway 23
Wantage, NJ 07461

8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

phone: 973-875-7192
fax: 973-875-0801


Public Notices

Effective Sept. 2, 2014
Checks for the Building Dept./ Construction Office should be made out to HARDYSTON TOWNSHIP.

Wantage Township Now Owns Lake Neepaulin
Wantage Township now owns the body of water named Lake Neepaulin, the dam which supports that lake, and the beach property along South Shore Drive. Read notice

Running for Office
Signatures are needed to run for the Wantage governing body (Mayor and Committee). Click here for signature requirements.

Grants to Landlords
The Department of Community Affairs is providing grants to landlords who make vacant rental units available to low- and moderate-income households. This incentive will provide landlords with the fair market rents while assisting low and moderate income households obtain affordable housing. read public notice

JCP&L Expands Outage Information on Website
read full press release

JCP&L Warns Customers About Possible Scams
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers to beware of telemarketers and door-to-door salespeople claiming to be employees of JCP&L or FirstEnergy. Some third-party salespeople are reportedly using deceptive and/or aggressive tactics to convince customers to switch electric generation suppliers. While JCP&L customers have the right to choose an alternative generation supplier under New Jersey's Energy Choice Program, the company urges customers to be cautious if they are contacted via phone or approached at their home, particularly if the salesperson claims to be affiliated with JCP&L. Read complete notice

Township Newsletter

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Wantage Government

Departments & Offices


Administrator and Municipal Clerk
Debra J. Millikin, Q.P.A.
(973) 875-7192

Deputy Clerk / Township Registrar
Christine Von Oesen
(973) 875-7192

Township Treasurer
Michelle La Starza
(973) 875-7193

Tax Office

Tax Assessor Kristy Lockburner (973) 875-7193
Tax Collector Melissa Caton (973) 875-7194
Check Status of Taxes Online
Wantage property owners may now check on line to see if their property tax payments are current. The web site is

Tax information can be accessed by using either your Block and Lot number, or your property location. If taxes are delinquent, the website automatically calculates interest for seven days.

Due Dates for Taxes:

First Quarter Taxes are due on February 01
Second Quarter Taxes are due on May 01
Third Quarter Taxes are due on August 01
Fourth Quarter Taxes are due on November 01

There is a ten-day grace period.

If payment is not received within the first ten days of the due date, interest is due from the first day, at the rate of 8% per annum on the first $1500, and 18% per annum on any amount over $1500.

Payment Procedures

Taxes can be paid by mail. Make check payable to Wantage Township and mail to 888 Route 23, Wantage, NJ 07461, Attn: Tax Collector. Please enclose your payment stub. Your canceled check will be your receipt. If you want a receipt other than the canceled check, please enclose your entire bill along with a self addressed stamped envelope.

Taxes can be paid in person at the Municipal Building. If you want a receipt, please bring your entire bill. If you are paying by cash, please bring the exact amount. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

There is also a drop box on the front of the building for after hours.

Taxes can be paid by credit card only by contacting Official Payments. There is a fee charged for this service. You may call 1-800-272-9829 (Use jurisdiction code 4048) or visit

Property Tax Appeal
Assessment appeals can be filed with the Sussex County Board of Taxation. Assessment appeals must be filed on or before April 1st of the current year or May 1st in a Revaluation/Reassessment year. Any Questions regarding tax appeals should be directed to the Sussex County Board of Taxation at (973) 579-0970
Download more information (PDF)

NJ Property Taxpayers Bill of Rights
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NJ Homeowner's Guide to Property Taxes
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Joint Municipal Court of Wantage, Sussex, Stillwater, and Branchville

Mission Statement
We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State.

Core Values

Wantage Township Municipal Building
888 Route 23
Wantage, NJ 07461
GPS address: 888 Route 23 Wantage, NJ 07461

Municipal Judge : Glenn T. Gavan
Prosecutor : William Haggerty, Esq.
Public Defender : Daniel Agatino, Esq.
Court Administrator : Donna Chernov

Business Hours & Court Sessions
Hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Court Sessions are held the 1st four Wednesdays of the month beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Wantage Municipal Court, 888 Route 23, Wantage.

Contact Information
Phone #: 973-875-7310
Fax #: 973-875-8676
Email address:


  1. If you make a payment in person, fines may be paid by cash, check or money order.
  2. Payment by mail may be made by money order or check, PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH IN THE MAIL. *Please reference your summons or ticket number.
  3. You may also pay payable traffic tickets online at

ADA Coordinator : Donna Chernov

Please advise the municipal court office in advance if you require an ADA accommodation.

If you need the service of an interpreter, please notify the municipal court PRIOR to your court appearance.

Expedited Expungement
If you are charged with a disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense, or a municipal ordinance violation, and those charges are either dismissed, you are acquitted, or your case is discharged without a conviction or finding of guilt, you may be eligible for an expedited expungement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6. For more information and to determine if you are eligible, you may inquire with the municipal court at the time of disposition.

Mediation is a confidential, structured, non-adversarial process that allows a neutral third party to assist disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable solution. The mediation process can be a less expense, informal, and more meaningful alternative than the traditional trial process. This is because of the efforts of trained volunteers and resolution being decided by the participants. The court will refer appropriate cases to mediation.

Important Links
Under this link you can find General Information, and the Opening Statement Video link. You may also find useful information under the Self-help Center. Welcome to New Jersey Courts (English) Welcome to New Jersey Courts (Spanish)
Link to New Jersey DMV point schedule.
Link to pay a ticket on line.
Your Day In Court (English) Your Day In Court (Spanish)
How to File an Appeal (English)
How to File an Appeal (Spanish)
How to Expunge Your Criminal Record

Forms Looking for Municipal Court Records?
Complete the Request Form (PDF)

Road Department / Public Works

Township Garage
(973) 875-5148

2018 Legal Holidays

Municipal offices will be closed for the following holidays:
Monday, January 1 New Year’s Day (observed)
Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 19 President’s Day
Friday, March 30 Good Friday
Monday, May 28 Memorial Day
Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 3 Labor Day
Monday, October 8 Columbus Day
Monday, November 12 Veterans Day (observed)
Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 23 Day after Thanksgiving
Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve
Monday, December 25 Christmas

Mayor & Committee

The Town Committee normally meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Municipal Building. See Meetings & Minutes page for meeting schedule.

2018 Municipal Roster

Mayor: Bill Gaechter
53 Wantage School Road
Republican Term expires 12/31/18
Deputy Mayor: Ronald Bassani
6 Roberts Way
Republican Term expires 12/31/19
Committeeman: Jon Morris
76 Armstrong Road
Republican Term expires 12/31/20
Administrator and
Municipal Clerk :
Debra J. Millikin, Q.P.A.

2018 Professional Appointments

Judge: Glenn Gavan thru 12/31/20
Attorney: Glenn Kienz thru 12/31/18
Bond Counsel: Edward McManimon thru 12/31/18
Auditor: Thomas Ferry thru 12/31/18
Architect: Charles Schaffer thru 12/31/18
Prosecutor: William Haggerty thru 12/31/18
Engineer: Harold E. Pellow thru 12/31/18
Public Defender: Danial Agatino thru 12/31/18


2018 Mayor's Appointments

Subdivision Approval Certification Officer: Debra J. Millikin
Recycling Coordinator: SCUMA
Assessment Search Officer: Debra J. Millikin
Qualified Purchasing Agent: Debra J. Millikin
Municipal Affordable Housing Liaison: Debra J. Millikin
Public Agency Compliance Officer for Affirmative Action Debra J. Millikin
Municipal Chief Finance Officer: (4yr apt thru 12/31/19) Michelle LaStarza
PERS/PFRS Certifying Agent: Michelle LaStarza
Tax Search Officer: Melissa Caton
Tax Collector (thru 12/31/18) Melissa Caton
Principal Public Works Manager: Claude Wagner
Animal Control Officer: John Abate
Emergency 911 Coordinator: Joseph Konopinski
Risk Management Consultant - Health Benefits: Vozza Agency
Risk Manag. Consult. Statewide Insurance: Keith Mitchell, The Mitchell Agency

Fire Prevention
Wantage has entered into a shared service arrangement with Hardyston Township for Hardyston to handle our Fire Prevention needs. Contact info:

Bill Walsh, Fire Official
Hardyston Township
973-823-7020 ext. 9356

149 Wheatsworth Road
Hardyston NJ 07419

2018 Line Officers

Wantage Fire Department  
Department Chief Justin Vander Groef
Deputy Chief: Beemerville Mark Snook
Deputy Chief: Colesville Alex Rubin
Captain: Beemerville Charles Rokosny
Captain: Colesville Steve Merck
1st Lieutenant: Beemerville Griff Adkins
1st Lieutenant: Colesville Todd Tarrant
2nd Lieutenant: Beemerville Hunter Space
2nd lieutenant: Colesville John Cannici
Safety Officer: Beemerville Harry Festa
Safety Officer: Colesville Scott Paladino
Fire Police Captain Joe Marrocco
Fire Police Lieutenant Ben Langevin
Fire Police Lieutenant Joe Vallone
Wantage First Aid Squad  
Captain Regina Cintron
1st Lieutenant Noel Heiden
2nd Lieutenant Christopher Little
Training Officer Regina Cintron
President Jeffrey Post
Vice President Stan Gardner
Secretary Krina Hemsworth
Treasurer Trudy Congdon
Engineer William DeBoer


3-Year Terms – “Currently Inactive”