The responsibility of the Tax Assessor is to value all real estate properties in the Borough at a state-mandated percentage of market value. Any questions regarding the assessed value of your property should be directed to the Tax Assessor.
Each property owner's real estate taxes are based on the assessed value of his/her land, home, and accessory buildings. The taxes shown on your yearly tax bill show your share of the expenses for the services offered and performed by the Municipality, School District, County, and Fire District for that year. The Tax Assessor's Office is also a library of tax maps, property ownership records, real estate sales, property descriptions, and information on each property in the Township.
A green and white assessment card is mailed in late-January, which lists your tax assessment for that year. If a property owner feels that the current year assessment is inaccurate he or she may file a Tax Appeal with the Middlesex County Tax Board, prior to April 1st of the current year. Appeals for added or omitted assessments must be filed by December 1st of the current year.
Please note that you do not file an appeal of the amount of taxes your are billed but rather the assessment of the property. Tax Appeals must focus on the assessment vs. market value. Real estate sales are on file in our office for public viewing to aid in determining current market value.
Appeal forms and information is available from the Middlesex County Board of Taxation:
75 Bayard Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
You may call the office of the Board of Taxation at 732-745-3350. It is suggested that taxpayers meet with or call the Borough Tax Assessor to review their property assessment card prior to appeal.
- What tax deductions are available?
There are several tax deductions available for qualified Senior Citizens, Surviving Spouses, Disabled Persons, Veterans, and Widows of Veterans. Qualified recipients receive a $250 deduction from their annual tax bill. For further information and applications, please contact the Tax Assessor.
- What state rebate programs are available?
There are two separate and distinct property tax relief programs available to New Jersey homeowners.
Property Tax Reimbursement Program
This program is commonly known as the Tax Freeze. It is designed to freeze the burden of increasing real estate taxes for qualified applicants by establishing a base year of eligibility, comparing that base year with any subsequent years, and refunding the difference to the eligible homeowner. Eligibility must be continuous, otherwise, a new base year would be established.
Qualifications are as follows:
- Must make application to the State annually
- Homeowners must be age 65 or older, or receiving Federal Social Security Disability Benefits, paying property taxes on the PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE in New Jersey
- Age requirements apply to the base year as well as the application year
- Must meet income limits as set by the State annually. Income limits apply to the base year as well as the application year
- Property taxes must be paid in full by December 31st of each year
- Failure to pay property taxes within the year due disqualifies the applicant. A new application would have to be filed the following year that would establish a new base year.
Application booklets are mailed out by the State in late January each year. For further information or to request an application, please contact the State of New Jersey at 800-882-6597 or visit the State of New Jersey website.
Homestead rebates are sent by the State of New Jersey for qualified homeowners on their primary residence. The qualifications, income limitations, and amounts of the rebates vary and are determined by the State each year. In a few cases, your income tax return establishes eligibility; however, in most cases an application is required. Applications, when required, are sent by the State, usually in the spring.
For further information on Homestead type of rebates or to determine eligibility:
- What is the 'Notice of Assessment' (green post card) used for?
This is an official notice of your property's assessment value for the current year only and is not intended for income tax purposes. This notice is mailed prior to February 1. The Borough Tax Collector's Office does not have these cards. If you do not receive your notice, please contact the Tax Assessor's Office for assistance.