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1 Collyer Lane
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

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Tax Assessor

Location

Administration Building
1 Collyer Lane
Basking Ridge, NJ

Hours

8:30AM - 4:30PM
Monday - Friday

Staff

Important Dates

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

Tax Assessor

Please Note: 

Most Assessor’s Office related business can be handled via phone at 908-204-3082, or by email at assessor@bernards.org. If you feel you need to visit our office, to avoid any unnecessary trips during the pandemic, we recommend calling first to ensure the individual you need to talk to will be available. Please note that all visitors are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing while inside the building. Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.

 

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 2021 assessments reflect market value as of October 1, 2020, using sales from October 1, 2019 through October 1, 2020. 

Annual Reassessing requires inspection of all properties over a five (5) year cycle; therefore, approximately twenty percent (20%) of the township’s properties are inspected each year. Field inspections are a vital part of the program and provide more accurate and complete data. This allows for more accurate assessments and a more equitable ratable base for every property owner. 

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 allows us to assess for alterations and/or improvements that may not have had 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. Annual reassessing contributes to more equitable and uniform assessments throughout the Township.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How am I notified of my property tax assessment?

** Due to the pandemic, the 2021 Tax List deadline was extended to March 1, 2021. As such, the assessment postcards were not mailed until March 3, 2021. If you don't receive your postcard by Friday, March 19, 2021, please call our office. Additionally, you can visit the "How can I get a copy of my assessment postcard" link in Frequently Asked Questions.

Each year, on or before February 1st , all property owners will be forwarded a postcard containing the updated assessed value for that tax year. If you have not received your postcard by February 15th, please contact our office. You can also visit the "How can I get a copy of my assessment postcard" link in Frequently Asked Questions. 

Please note that on occasion, the Somerset County Tax Board will grant extensions for the filing of Tax Lists. In such cases, the postcard mailing will be extended accordingly.

The value noted on your 2021 assessment postcard reflects the market value of your property as of October 1, 2020. The assessment is formulated using sales from October 1, 2019 through October 1, 2020.

 

Property Records Search

Use the MOD4 Search for records such as block/lot number, address, owner name, land description and size, building description, exempt status, floor area calculation, property class, tax data, and zoning classification.

Use the SR1A Search for recent property sales and realty transfers.