February 1 (on or about): Postcards mailed with assessments for the current year
May 1: Deadline to file Tax Appeal
August 1: Deadline to file Farm Assessment applications
October 1: Valuation date for all real property in district
December 1: Added Assessment Appeal Deadline
* The Notice of Assessment postcards are now white *
Please note that the 2023 assessments are based on the real estate market as of October 1, 2022. The current real estate market will be reflected in the 2024 assessments.
Most Assessor’s Office related business can be handled via phone at 908-204-3082, or by email at email@example.com. If you're looking for residential property information, please click on the "SQUARE FOOTAGE & ASSESSMENT DATA" button on the right side of the page.
The Mission of the Office of Assessment is to maintain a fair and equitable tax base for the Township, based on sound assessment practices, and to treat all property types and owners impartially.
The Assessor is responsible for identifying and placing a value on every parcel of land within the Township's borders. The values are derived through the formulation of models, developed from closed comparable sales, and uniformly applied to comparable properties based on design, quality, and location. These values become the final assessed values for residential properties and should closely reflect market value.
All assessments are reviewed annually and adjusted to reflect market value as of October 1st of the pre-tax year. The 2023 assessments reflect market value as of October 1, 2022, using sales from October 1, 2021, through October 1, 2022. Annual reassessing contributes to more equitable and uniform assessments throughout the Township and a more equitable ratable base for every property owner.
Annual Reassessing requires inspection of all properties over a five (5) year cycle. As such, we inspect approximately twenty percent (20%) of the township’s properties each year. Inspections are conducted throughout the year, weather permitting. The purpose of inspections is to obtain accurate data on each property, therefore helping us to achieve more fair and accurate assessments. Inspections also allow us to assess alterations and/or improvements that may have been completed without building permits.
All properties, physically inspected or not, will have their assessments reviewed annually. Any property not physically inspected during any given year will be reassessed using the current information on record.
Commercial Properties are assessed based upon income and expense information as well as sales data. Chapter 91's, (requests for income and expense information) are mailed annually to all commercial property owners. Data compiled from responses to the Chapter 91 requests enables us to develop economic rents that are uniformly applied to comparable properties. Compliance with this request by commercial property owners is vital in helping us establish assessments that accurately represent market value.
Bernards Township has been actively engaged in a State approved Annual Reassessment Program since 1989. The program has financial advantages, as well as creating a more equitable tax base. The program allows the Township to address fluctuating market trends, upward or downward, resulting in fewer appeals and reduced losses in ratables. Additionally, the apportioned county share of each municipality toward county taxes is more equitably distributed. Sales studies, analysis, investigation, and reviews are conducted annually with values being established reflecting the market as of October 1 of the pre-tax year.
For more information on how property is valued, please click the following link.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each year, in the beginning of February, all property owners are mailed their assessment postcard, containing the assessed value for the current tax year. If you have not received your postcard by March 1st, please contact our office.
Please note that on occasion, the Somerset County Tax Board will grant an extension for the filing of the Tax List. In such cases, the postcard mailing will be extended accordingly.
The value noted on the 2023 assessment postcard reflects the market value of the property as of October 1, 2022. The assessment is formulated using sales from October 1, 2021 through October 1, 2022.
If we are unable to inspect the interior of your home, it will be assumed that updates have been completed to the kitchen and bathroom(s) and that the overall condition of the interior is above average. It will also be assumed that the basement has been finished (if applicable), and any area currently recorded as unfinished, will be assumed to have been finished. The intent of the interior inspection is to make sure the data used in assessing your property is correct.
If you feel your assessment does not accurately reflect its market value as of October 1st of the pre-tax year, we encourage you to contact our office to discuss your assessment. Often times, assessment issues can be resolved during a review. If after speaking with our office you still feel your assessment is unfair, you may file an appeal with the Somerset County Tax Board and go through the appeal process.
Please be aware that if an appeal is filed, the Assessor is required to inspect the interior and exterior of all structures on the property, if applicable.
Assessments under 1,000,000 must file appeals at the Somerset County Tax Board. Assessments of 1,000,000 or more may file at the Somerset County Tax Board, or at the Tax Court of New Jersey. (info below).
Forms and instructions can be found using the link below. Please be advised that the appeal filing deadline is May 1st (should May 1st fall on a weekend or holiday, the appeal deadline is extended to the next business day). Appeals must be received by the deadline; postmarks are not considered.
Please note that you can only appeal the full assessed value. You cannot appeal your taxes. In appealing your assessment, closed comparable sales must be used. Assessments of other properties will not be considered. You can find additional appeal information at the links below. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
Guide to Appeal Hearings:
Petition of Appeal (Form A-1):
For additional information, please visit the Somerset County Tax Boards' website:
Somerset County Board of Taxation
27 Warren Street, 4th Floor Somerville, NJ 08876
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: 908.541.5713 Fax: 908.685.0956
Tax Court of New Jersey:
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market Street, Trenton, New Jersey.
Mailing address: PO Box 972, Trenton, NJ 08625-0972.
Telephone number: (609) 815-2922, press option 1.
Bernards Township Assessor
1 Collyer Lane Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Phone: 908.204.3082 Fax: 908.766.1644
The following programs are available for Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons and Veterans: Annual Property Tax Deduction for Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons: Annual deduction of up to $250 from property taxes for homeowners age 65 or older or disabled who meet certain income and residency requirements. If you are eligible, please file the appropriate form (Claim Form) with the Tax Collector. Annual Deduction for Veterans: Annual deduction of up to $250 from taxes due on the real or personal property of qualified war veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses/surviving civil union partners/surviving domestic partners. If you are eligible, please file the appropriate form (Claim Form) with the Tax Collector. Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans: Full exemption from property taxes on a principal residence for certain totally and permanently disabled war veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses/surviving civil union partners/surviving domestic partners. Unmarried surviving spouses/surviving civil union partners/surviving domestic partners of servicepersons who died on wartime active duty may also qualify. If you are eligible, please file the appropriate form (Claim Form) with the Tax Collector.
To view the NJ Property Tax Benefits Brochure, please click the link below:
The New Jersey Farmland Assessment Act of 1964 permits farmland and woodland actively devoted to an agricultural or horticultural use to be assessed at its productivity value. The link to the Farmland Application below includes instructions and requirements for filing. Additional information can be found at the links below:
Farmland Assessment Guide:
Farmland Assessment Application (FA-1):
Woodland Data Form (WD-1):
** Please note that the Farmland Application is a two-sided document and MUST be filed with the Assessor as a two-sided document. If the application is filed as two separate pages, it will be returned.
Churches and other nonprofit organizations may qualify for an exemption based on their use of the property. Links for the applicable forms and instructions are found below:
Initial Statement of Organization Claiming Property Tax Exemption
Further Statement of Organization Claiming Property Tax Exemption
For a copy of your Assessment Postcard, please contact our office at 908-204-3082 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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