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New Law Allows Slogans for School Board Candidates

Effective immediately, school board candidates are permitted to have slogans appear with their name on the November General Election ballot. Much like independent candidates that participate in the General Election, school board candidate slogans are limited to three words and cannot contain the name of any party participating in New Jersey’s primary elections. The same law also permits school board candidates to file joint petitions and share the same slogan. For more information about the new law, please call the Clerk’s Office at 973-579-0900, ext. 1501.

County Clerk extends hours for in-person voting

Registered voters who will not be able to get to the polls for the June 5 Primary Election may vote early in-person at the Sussex County Clerk’s Office in Newton.

Because the deadline to receive a mailed ballot has passed, voters now must apply for an absentee ballot in person. Early voting is being conducted at the Clerk’s Office during regular hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours offered Saturday, June 2nd from 9 a.m. to noon. Voters also may vote early in person up until 3 p.m. Monday, June 4th.

The County Clerk’s Office is located on the main floor of 83 Spring Street in Newton, Suite 304, accessible from either Spring Street (front entrance) or Trinity Street (rear entrance). More information about voting can be obtained by calling 973-579-0900 or by visiting the Clerk’s Website at www.sussexcountyclerk.org.

Calling All School Board Candidates!

The New Jersey School Boards Association’s 2018 November Election Candidates Kit is now available for downloading; visit  NJSBA Candidates Kit.  Residents interested in board member candidacy can download the free kit, which includes information on:  Important Dates, How to Become a School Board Member, Frequently Asked Questions, Requirements of the New Jersey School Ethics Act, Criminal Background Checks, Campaign Reporting Requirements, Candidate Briefings.

Pursuant to S-868/A-2030 enacted on May 30, which allows board of education candidates to circulate a nominating petition jointly and to be bracketed together on the ballot, below are two sample petitions: one for an individual filing and one for joint filing.

Candidate Petition for School Board (individual)
Candidate Petition for School Board (joint)

School Board Candidate Petitions must be submitted to the County Clerk no later than 4 p.m. Monday, July 30th.

Passport Fee To Increase April 2

When applying for a U.S. Passport in person, an execution fee is charged by the accepting agency. The current fee imposed is $25 per application, but that fee is set to increase by $10 in April.

Effective April 2nd, the execution fee will be $35.00 per application, payable in cash only. Applications received prior to April 2nd will be assessed the $25 amount.

Income Tax Exemption for Veterans

$3,000 Exemption for Veterans

You are eligible for a $3,000 exemption on your Income Tax return if you are a military veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States on or any time before the last day of the tax year. Your spouse (or civil union partner) is also eligible for an exemption if he/she is a veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances and you are filing a joint return. This exemption is in addition to any other exemptions you are entitled to claim and is available on both the resident and nonresident returns. You cannot claim this exemption for a domestic partner or for your dependents.

Claiming the Exemption

  1. When completing your tax return, you must fill in the oval (resident return) or check the box (nonresident return) to indicate that you are claiming this exemption. Otherwise, the exemption(s) will be disallowed.
  2. You must provide a copy of Form DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, with your return the first time you claim the exemption(s).

Providing Documentation

You must provide a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214, the first time you claim the exemption. We can only accept the member 4 copy of DD-214. This form does not need to be provided each year. The United States National Archives and Records Administration can assist with obtaining a copy of your DD-214.

You can certify for the exemption by sending a copy of your DD-214 and Veteran Exemption Submission Form to the Division before you file, which may help process your return faster. To certify:

Note: We can only accept the member 4 copy of DD-214.

If you do not certify before you file for the exemption, you will need to submit a copy of your DD-214 when you file using:

  • A Paper Return. Enclose a copy of your DD-214 with your return;
  • NJ Fill’nFile. Upload your DD-214, along with all of your other documentation, into the repository;
  • Other Electronic Filing Methods. If you file your return using NJ WebFile, third-party software (such as TurboTax), or you have a tax professional who electronically submits your return, you can send a copy of your DD-214 and Veteran Exemption Submission Form using one of the three certification methods listed above.

More information from New Jersey Division of Taxation.

Clerk’s Office email address recently spoofed

If you or someone you know recently received an email claiming to be from the Sussex County Clerk’s Office, requesting that certain documents be executed, please delete it. Our email address was spoofed. We strongly recommend you NOT open any attachment or click on any links in the email, as the email undoubtedly contains some kind of malware/malicious content, e.g., phishing, spyware, etc.  BEWARE!

In Effect May 1 – Recording Cover Page required on all land recordings

Please read the following Information Regarding Changes to the New Jersey County Clerks’ Recording Law:

Effective May 1, 2017 all land recordings in New Jersey must be accompanied by a cover sheet issued by the county in which the document is being recorded. The new cover sheet contains mandatory indexing fields which are to be completed by the submitter.

The cover sheet is part of the submitted land record.

The recording cover sheet will be included in the calculation of recording fees for documents with booking and paging fees ONLY.  There is no additional fee when recording flat fee instruments.

Failure to submit a cover sheet with any land recording* (including flat fee instrument types) will result in a $20.00 indexing charge per N.J.S.A 46:26A-5.

Click this link for Sussex County’s Recording Cover Page .  The form is a fillable PDF. It is important to note that the cover sheet is specific to the county where the document is being recorded.

Please contact the Sussex County Clerk’s Office at 973-579-0900 if you need further information regarding the submission of the recording cover sheet or any other questions regarding these recording changes.  Thank you.

*Note:  The following document types are exempt from the cover sheet requirement:  Military Discharges, Maps, and Trade Name Certificates.

Jeffrey M. Parrott Sussex County Clerk

Veterans: Kosa Veteran Support Center Now Open

Now Open

The Kosa Veteran Support Center, Inc.

48 Wyker Rd. Franklin, NJ

What the Center does:

  • Provides a safe place for veterans to access support and resources
  • Provides veterans a safe place to talk with one another and build community
  • Gives veterans a place to advocate for other veterans’ needs and work in partnership with Catholic Family & Community Services to meet those needs
  • Gives veterans a place to bring their needs, whatever they may be
  • Counseling services – a trained clinician will provide services to veterans and their families.  Counseling can be provided for individuals, couples and/or families, or in groups by calling 973-827-4702 to schedule an appointment

The Kosa Veterans Support Center is currently open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Do you have a heart for helping your fellow veterans?  Can you paint?  Are you able to do handyman work?

We are looking for volunteers to man the Center, help other veterans who may need assistance with their living quarters as well as provide other various supports and/or resources.  Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

We are excited to be able to help our fellow veterans in need, but we can’t do it without you!