New tax collector brings years of experience – Essex News Daily

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – With longtime Southern Orange tax collector Aderonke Zaccheus retiring on Tuesday, November 30, the village has a new one in Irma Weir. A veteran of the department, Weir also worked at Maplewood before coming to South Orange in 2013.

“During this period, I was first a chief tax clerk, then deputy tax collector before being appointed current tax collector. Prior to working for South Orange, I worked in the Maplewood Township Tax Office for several years,” Weir said in an email to The News-Record on Monday, Dec. 6. “Before entering government local, I was employed in the federal government for 17 years, for a total of 27 years of public service to date.

Weir has only been officially at work for a week, but she’s been preparing for a while. Having worked in the department throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she had to return to the role when things weren’t quite back to normal yet.

“Taking over amid the COVID pandemic has presented its challenges,” Weir said. “Fortunately, I was able to seize the opportunity. That said, I must give credit to a small group of my current peers and fellow department heads who have provided guidance and technical support along the way. If these last two years haven’t taught me anything else, they’ve taught me that it’s always important to show appreciation to those who extend their time and help you, no matter the degree.

Tax collectors handle all aspects of property taxes: billing, collecting, recording and enforcing.
“So if anyone asks me if I can waive interest on a given overdue amount, I should always refer individuals to the governing laws of New Jersey, which clearly state that a municipal tax collector has no no power to reduce a tax or waive interest,” Weir mentioned.

Weir said she doesn’t plan to change anything in the way the South Orange tax office works, but she’s encouraging more residents to sign up for tax bill alerts and reminders. Communication is one of the things that made him want to work at South Orange in the first place.

“From my first day here, I can say that what struck me the most was the level of communication that exists between employees in all departments,” she said. “It only makes sense that knowledgeable staff who can share their knowledge and communicate effectively with each other have the ability to do the same for the residents of the community they serve. Also, I appreciate the fact that my daily travel decreased considerably when I started working in the SOMA area. »

Esther L. Steinbach