Finance and Tax Overview

Our Staff

Vince Buono
Chief Financial Officer
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Lynn Hemmer 
Acting Treasurer & Payroll
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Doreen Kern
Finance Assistant
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Tim Henderson
Tax Assessor
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 Mike Apicella
Tax Collector
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Joann Orlowski
Tax Clerk
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Our Hours

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm. 

Tuesday 8:30am - 8:00pm

Friday 8:30am - 12pm

Important Information

Remember, New Jersey law states that not receiving a tax bill does not mean you don't have to pay.

The Finance Department is responsible for all financial transactions relating to the revenues and disbursements of the Borough.  This department keeps a full account of all cash receipts and disbursements of the Borough, has custody of all investments and invested funds of the Borough in a fiduciary capacity, keeps all monies not required for current operations safely invested or deposited in interest bearing accounts, handles the payroll for municipal employees, processes requisitions and purchase orders for payment and collects current and delinquent taxes.  The CFO oversees the financial operations of the Borough.                

The Tax Collection Office is responsible for billing and collecting property taxes on property located in the Borough of Leonia.  Your tax bill include revenues collected by the Borough on behalf of the municipality, county, and school district.  The Billing and collection of real estate property taxes is governed by state law and applies to every municipality in New Jersey.

In accordance with NJSA 54:4-64 failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt a taxpayer from paying taxes or delinquent interest of taxes.  It is the property owner's responsibility to ascertain from the proper official (tax collector) the amount due.  Please contact the tax office immediately if you have lost your bill, have difficulty paying online or do not receive an email notification (if applicable) to obtain the amount due. 

Paying your taxes

Pay your taxes online

Residents are able to pay tax bills online:

Pay your taxes in-person

Bring your tax bill with you, and come to Borough Hall during business hours to pay your taxes in-person.

Other Services available

Vehicle permits:

On line registration (preferred option), mail in registration, drop off registration.  Applications can be obtained and dropped off at Borough Hall, Leonia Public Library, or the Recreation Center.  Documents needed for permit: Driver's License, Vehicle registration, proof of residency (Cable bill, bank statement, etc.). Please note that your yellow hang tag is also your resident parking pass.


Passports are processed in the Finance office on the first floor on Wednesday and Thursday 9am - 1pm & 2pm - 3pm, and Tuesday 9am - 1pm & 2pm - 6pm.   No passports will be processed on Mondays and Fridays.  

First time passports require an original U.S. birth certificate or original naturalization papers and another acceptable form of identification, such as valid drivers’ license or County ID. For a minor child under the age of 16 both parents need to be present or the absent parent must complete the specified form and have it notarized. All minor children are required to be present the time an application for them is filed. All applications require two passport photos (school pictures are not acceptable). Adults applying for a first time passport must supply an original U.S. Birth Certificate (Birth Certificates from Jersey City and Secaucus are bit acceptable) or Original naturalization form and one other acceptable form of ID. Passports are generally taking 6-8 weeks. For additional information call Doreen Kern, 201-592-5780 ext. 225.

While most people are required to submit passport applications in person, you can download the Passport Application on line. For additional information, visit U.S. Department of State Website, call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778, or email

Garage sales

All garage sales require a permit. Applications for garage sales are $10 and can be filled out in Borough Hall, at least seven days ahead of the first scheduled day.