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OUR BUILDING IS CLOSED TO THE PULIC DUE TO COVID-19 - PLEASE SUBMIT ANY TAX APPEAL EVIDENCE VIA MAIL TO SOMERSET COUNTY TAX BOARD, PO BOX 3000, SOMERVILLE, NJ 08876.  

At this time the staff will be working in the office but may be on alternate shift times.  Please allow more time to respond to calls and emails during this time.

 Thank you for your understanding that we are all in this together - please be safe.

Robert M. Vance, Tax Administrator

Dawn Guttschall, Deputy Tax Administrator

Phone:           908-541-5701
Fax:
908-685-0956
Mail:
 P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876
Email:
TaxBoard@co.somerset.nj.us
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

The Appeal Deadline for 2020 has now passed.  The hearings will be scheduled mid August through September and you will be notified by mail. 

Your tax assessment appeal must be filed by April 1, 2020 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.

Presentations

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, 2020.  

*****ATTENTION****

The August 11, 2020 meeting will be held electronically.  If you wish to attend this electronic meeting you may obtain a link by emailing the

County Tax Administrator,  Rob Vance at TaxBoard@co.somerset.nj.us

Click here for the Agenda for the July 14, 2020 Zoom Meeting

 

2020 Minutes  2019 Minutes  2018 Minutes  2017 Minutes 
January 2020  January 2019  January 2018  January 2017
 February 2020  February 2019 February 2018 February 2017
March 2020  March 2019  March 2018 March 2017
 April 2020 April 2019 April 2018 April 2017
 May 2020 May 2019 May 2018  May 2017 
 June 2020 June 2019 June 2018 June 2017 
 July 2020 July 2019  July 2018 July 2017 
 August 2020 August 2019 August 2018 August 2017 
 September 2020 September 2019 September 2018  September 2017
 October 2020 October 2019 October 2018  October 2017 
 November 2020 November 2019 November 2018  November 2017
 December 2020 December 2019 December 2018  December 2017

Appeal Hearing Dates

The hearing dates for the 2020 Appeals have been scheduled and will be held in person.  We have begun to send out the hearing notices via regular mail.  Below is a list of the dates that the town's will be heard ; your specific time to appear will be on your written notice. These dates may be altered due to COVID restrictions so please refer to your written notice for official information. Due to the small window of time to get all of the hearings in before the deadline of September 30th, changes to your hearing date cannot be altered.  If you cannot make that date, you should reach out to the assessor to see if you can settle, withdraw or affirm your appeal.  These hearings will be held in person in our building in the first floor conference room - instructions will be in your hearing notice;  masks and social distancing measures will be in place.

Aug 20, 2020  - Bridgewater and Manville

Aug 26, 2020 - Bedminster, Bernards, Hillsborough, North Plainfield, Raritan,  Somerville and South Bound Brook

Sept 3, 2020 -  Far Hills and Peapack/Gladstone

Sept 8, 2020 - Branchburg and Green Brook

Sept 14, 2020 - Montgomery

Sept 17, 2020 - Bernardsville and Bound Brook

Sept 23, 2020 - Franklin Twp

Sept 24, 2020 - Warren and Watchung

 

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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