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Robert M. Vance, Tax Administrator

Dawn Guttschall, Deputy Tax Administrator

Phone:           908-541-5701
 P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876
Location:   27 Warren Street, 4th Floor, Somerville
  • Maintains all county records on taxable property.
  • Supervises and directs all municipal tax assessors.
  • Approves all assessments and orders revaluations when necessary to maintain tax equity for all citizens.
  • Hears appeals filed by taxpayers on their assessments and orders changes where justified.

Tax Appeal Forms and Information

If you intend on filing appeal on your property tax assessment for the year 2020, please wait until you receive the postcard (usually in February) that notifies you of the 2020 assessment.  We will not accept any appeals before this time.   Your tax assessment appeal must be filed by April 1, 2019 in the following municipalities:  Montgomery Township, North Plainfield Borough, Raritan Borough, Somerville Borough and South Bound Brook Borough.  With reference to revaluation and reassessment districts, the petition of appeal must be filed by May 1, 2020 and those towns are as follows: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville Borough, Bound Brook Borough, Branchburg Township, Bridgewater Township, Far Hills Borough, Franklin Township, Green Brook Township, Hillsborough Township, Manville Borough, Millstone Borough, Peapack-Gladstone Borough, Rocky Hill Borough, Warren Township and Watchung Borough.

The following forms are available to download to file an appeal.  The Petition of Appeal should not be filed until after you receive the postcard notice of the 2020 assessment and will not be accepted by our office until that time (generally around mid- February).  Before the end of the year, it may be helpful to contact your municipal assessor if you have questions regarding your assessment.  You may find that an appeal is not necessary.

Tax Appeal Form With Instructions
Comparable Sales Analysis Form with Instructions
Legal Guidelines for Tax Appeal Process
Understanding Tax Appeal Hearings
Additional Instructions Regarding Comparable Sales
Added and Omitted Appeal Form  (Deadline to appeal an added assessment is December 1st)
Municipal Assessor Contacts

To look up sales information to help verify comparable sales, you may find this link for the  SR1A Search useful.  Follow the instructions on the page to find out when properties sold, if it is listed as a "usable" sale and for how much.   

To search for your assessment information and to reprint the assessment notice postcard, you may click on this link,  Records Search and follow the instructions.


2018 NJACTB Cape May Conference

2017 NJSLOM Presentation

NJ Homeowner's Guide to Property Taxes

Tax Payer Bill of Rights

Tax Board Proceedings

Regular Tax Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12 noon with the exception of the Re-organization meeting on Monday, May 1, 2019.

                2017 Minutes                                2018 Minutes                                  2019 Minutes

January 2017                                 January 2018                                   January 2019

February 2017                              February 2018                                February 2019

March 2017                                    March 2018                                      March 2019

April 2017                                        April 2018                                         April 2019

May 2017                                         May 2018                                          May 2019

June 2017                                        June 2018                                         June 2019

July 2017                                          July 2018                                          July 2019

August 2017                                   August 2018                                    August 2019

September 2017                          September 2018                            September 2019

October 2017                                October 2018                                  October 2019

November 2017                           November 2018                             November 2019

December 2017                           December 2018                              December 2019


Appeal Hearing Dates

The hearing dates for the 2020 Appeals will not be begin to be scheduled until after May 1, 2020.   All appellants will be notified in writing as to their hearing date via regular mail.

The judgment of the county board of taxation may be appealed to the Tax Court of New Jersey by filing a complaint with the Tax Court Management Office within 45 days from the date of the mailing of the judgment.  The Tax Court of New Jersey is located at the Richard J Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market Street, Trenton, NJ.  

Mailing Address:  PO Box 972, Trenton, NJ 06825-0972.   Phone number:  (609) 292-5082

Publications from the Tax Board

Final Equalization Tables

Abstract of Ratables

Abstract of Added & Omitted Assessments

Breakdown of County Tax Rates by Municipality 

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