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

Municipal Budget
(PDF format)

2016 Budget
2016 Introduced

2015 Budget
2014 Budget
2013 Adopted
2013 Introduced
2012 Budget
2011 Budget
2010 Budget
2009 Budget
2008 Budget

Wantage Zoning Map
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Report of Audit
2014 Report

2013 Report
2013 Financial Statement

2012 Report
2012 AFS
2011 Report

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
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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 Township Clerk
to be named
(973) 875-7192

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

Interim Administrator / 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)

Municipal Court

Court Clerk
(973) 875-7310

Road Department / Public Works

Township Garage
(973) 875-5148

2016 Legal Holidays

Municipal offices will be closed for the following holidays:
Friday, January 1 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 15 President’s Day
Friday, March 25 Good Friday
Monday, May 30 Memorial Day
Monday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 5 Labor Day
Friday, November 11 Veterans Day
Thursday, November 24 Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 25 Day after Thanksgiving
Friday, December 23 Christmas Eve (observed)
Monday, December 26 Christmas (observed)

Mayor & Committee

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

2016 Municipal Roster

Mayor: Ronald Bassani
6 Roberts Way
Republican Term expires 12/31/16
Deputy Mayor: Jon Morris
76 Armstrong Road
Republican Term expires 12/31/17
Committeeman: Bill Gaechter
53 Wantage School Road
Republican Term expires 12/31/18
Administrator: Jim Doherty
201 Old Clove Road

2016 Professional Appointments

Public Defender: James P. Sloan thru12/31/16
Judge: Glenn Gavan thru 01/31/17
Attorney: Glenn Kienz thru 12/31/16
Bond Counsel: Edward McManimon thru 12/31/16
Auditor: Thomas Ferry thru 12/31/16
Architect: Charles Schaffer thru 12/31/16
Prosecutor: William Haggerty thru 12/31/16
Engineer: Harold E. Pellow thru 12/31/18


2016 Mayor's Appointments

Subdivision Approval Certification Officer: James R. Doherty
Recycling Coordinator: James R. Doherty
Assessment Search Officer: James R. Doherty
Qualified Purchasing Agent: James R. Doherty
Municipal Affordable Housing Liaison: James R. Doherty
Public Agency Compliance Officer for Affirmative Action James R. Doherty
Municipal Chief Finance Officer: (4yr apt thru 12/31/19) Michelle LaStarza
PERS/PFRS Certifying Agent: Michelle LaStarza
Tax Search Officer: Melissa Caton
Principal Public Works Manager: Claude Wagner
Animal Control Officer: John Abate
Risk Management Consultant - Health: Frank Covelli, PIA
Risk Manag. Consult. Statewide Insurance: Scott Readlinger, HUB
Emergency 911 Coordinator: Joseph Konopinski

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

2016 Line Officers

Wantage Fire Department  
Department Chief Larry Bono
Deputy Chief: Beemerville Justin Vander Groef
Deputy Chief: Colesville Alex Rubin
Captain: Beemerville Mark Snook
Captain: Colesville Scott Paladino
1st Lieutenant: Beemerville Charles Rokosny
1st Lieutenant: Colesville Todd Tarrant
2nd Lieutenant: Beemerville Griff Adkins
2nd lieutenant: Colesville Steve Merck
Safety Officer: Beemerville Harry Festa
Safety Officer: Colesville John Cannici
Fire Police Captain Joe Marrocco
Fire Police Lieutenant Ben Langevin
Wantage First Aid Squad  
Captain Joseph Martin
1st Lieutenant Michael Puskas
2nd Lieutenant Christopher Little
Training Officer Kayla Ouellette
President William DeBoer
Vice President Cathy Toth
Secretary Krina Hemsworth
Treasurer Trudy Congdon
Engineer Robert Kohle


3-Year Terms – “Currently Inactive”