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The tax rate is calculated by dividing the net taxable value (the ratable base determined by the assessor) into the total property tax levy each year. The 2022 tax rate is $2.673 per $100 of assessed value. For a general overview on how taxes are assessed, the New Jersey Division of Taxation offers a brochure entitled How Property is Valued for Property Tax Purposes (PDF).
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For information regarding property assessment data, please visit the Morris County Board of Taxation's website.
Despite its description, a tax appeal is not an appeal of property taxes. A tax appeal is an appeal of the property tax assessment determined by the tax assessor. Appeals must be filed with the Morris County Board of Taxation on or before April 1st of the tax year in question. It is recommended that before you file an appeal, you speak to the tax assessor to discuss your assessed value. The New Jersey Division of Taxation has provided an informational brochure regarding tax appeals entitled A Guide To Tax Appeal Hearings (PDF).
For tax appeal forms, please contact the Morris County Board of Taxation at 973-285-6707.
New construction, structural additions, and renovations to a home result in an increased value and an increased property tax assessment. The assessor is responsible for the determination of assessed value for new construction/renovations completed in the tax year. The process includes the review of all permits, certificates of approval and occupancy, inspection of properties, and valuation of the added assessment. An added assessment is prorated based upon the number of months the work has been completed. For example, if construction is completed in February, the added assessment would be prorated for ten months of the year. Added assessment bills are typically sent in early October and due by November 1st.
Property record cards are maintained by the assessor's office and include a detailed description of each property within the municipality. Individual property record card information is available by request at the assessor's office.
The assessor's office is also responsible for maintaining all documents (deeds) concerning all real estate transactions in the township. Surveys, when provided to the assessor's office, are also maintained in the assessor's office.