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Richard Hamilton – Municipal Tax Assessor

The Tax Assessor shall perform all the duties imposed by ordinance. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:9-146 et seq. and 54:1-35.25 et seq., the Assessor shall also:

  • Have, perform and discharge all the functions, powers and duties prescribed by law for a municipal assessor.
  • Make assessments of benefits for local improvements, and for that purpose have and exercise the powers and duties of a board of assessment for local improvement as provided by law.
  • Maintain adequate assessment records of each separate parcel of real property assessed or exempted and establish and maintain such files, records and procedures as may be required for the valuation and assessment of personal property pursuant to law.
  • Maintain a current tax map of the Township as a public record and cause to be recorded thereon all changes in ownership or character of the real property assessed, employing for that purpose the facilities of other departments as provided by the code.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

On or before February 1, 2018, my office will mail a post card to every owner of a taxable property in the Township. The post card is a notice of the property’s assessment for 2018. It also includes the original assessment from 2017. If you agree with the assessed value shown, you don’t need to do anything. If you disagree with the assessed value shown, you may file an appeal with the Passaic County Board of Taxation by Monday, April 2, 2018. Forms, instructions and an information guide to tax appeal hearings can be obtained at:

http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/other_forms/lpt/petappl.pdf

Another option is to contact the Passaic County Board of Taxation, 435 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ 07470. Their phone number is 973-720-7399.

If the total assessed value of the property exceeds $1,000,000, you have the option of filing your appeal with the Tax Court of New Jersey, Hughes Justice Complex, PO Box 972, Trenton, NJ 08625. For more information, visit http://www.njcourtsonline.com. Select Tax Court.

Lastly, I want to alert our residents about using the post card for income tax purposes. The card contains information about ‘net taxes billed for 2017.’ CAUTION: PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS AMOUNT IN YOUR FEDERAL AND STATE INCOME TAX RETURNS. It does not reflect any adjustments to your property tax bill nor does it pro-rate added assessment taxes. In addition, it does include pre-payment of 2018 property taxes. Some of our residents who have used the post card’s amount were required to amend their income tax returns. Both the federal and state tax returns want the property taxes PAID in that calendar year. If either a bank or a mortgage company pay your property taxes, they are required to report that information to you by January 31. If you pay your own property taxes, please use your cancelled check or your own financial records.

Thank You.