2016 Property Revaluation
When you received your 2016 Final/2017 Preliminary Tax bill from the Morris Township's Tax Collector's Office in July, 2016, you would have seen that your taxes are now based on the new assessed value for your property resulting from the township-wide revaluation conducted in 2015 for the 2016 tax year. The new assessments were implemented as of January 1, 2016 but were not reflected in your tax bill until the new bills were issued in July. As a result, the 3rd and 4th quarter payments are adjusted to reflect any change resulting from the new assessments.
Our last revaluation was effective for the 2001 tax year. Over time, market values in different neighborhoods change at different rates. As a result, inequities begin to occur in the tax list. As that happens, some taxpayers are paying more than their fair share of property taxes, while others are paying less. The objective of a revaluation is to bring all properties to 100% of their true market value, and to correct the inequities and any inaccuracies so that each property taxpayer is paying their fair share. This is why Morris Township was ordered by the Morris County Board of Taxation and NJ Division of Taxation to conduct the revaluation.
Revaluations do not increase the total amount of revenue to be raised by taxation. The revenue needed for county, municipal and school budgets determines the amount of property tax to be collected. A town's general tax rate is calculated by dividing the total dollar amount it needs to raise to meet these budget expenses by the total assessed value of all its taxable property. Individual property taxes are then calculated by multiplying that general tax rate by the assessed value of the particular property. The 2016 municipal tax rate is $.458 per $100 of assessed value. The 2015 municipal rate was $.655 per $100. (Note: both rates include the Municipal Library Tax)
If you believe that your assessed value is in excess of the current market value of your property, you have the opportunity each year to file a tax appeal. Any appeal must be filed by April 1st of the year you are appealing, according to NJ statute. Further information on tax appeals can be found here: http://www.morristwp.com/DocumentCenter/View/3343
As always, the Tax Assessor’s office is available to answer any questions about your assessment. They can be reached at 973-326-7380 Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4:30, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about billing should be directed to the Tax Collector’s office at 973-326-7420 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
You can review information about the 2016 revaluation on the Appraisal Systems, Inc. website at this address: http://www.asinj.com/revaluation.asp?p=current&id=325 .
Information & Requirements
- 2016 Tax Rate: The 2016 tax rate is $1.773 per $100.00 of assessed value.
- 2017 Equalization Ratio: The 2017 equalization ratio is 99.98%
- Added Assessment: Added assessment is an increase in assessed value for improvement to property completed after tax lists are finalized. Added assessments are billed separately in October with payment due November 1.
- Building Permits: Inspections will be made when work is complete for the purpose of updating assessments.
- Change of Billing Address: Please mail or fax a request to the tax assessor.
- Chapter 91 Income and Expense Statements: Forms are mailed to owners of income- producing property each year and must be returned within 45 days after mailing.
- Deeds: A copy of a recorded deed can be obtained by calling the Tax Assessor’s Office or through the Morris County Clerk’s Office. Access the Morris County Clerk's Public Search.
- Demolition: Demolition of a dwelling not complete by January 1 will be taxable for the entire year. This includes property materially depreciated by fire or acts of nature as per Statute 54:4-35.1.
- Farmland Exemption: Forms are mailed to farmland property owners by July 1 of each year and must be returned to the Assessor's office by August 1.
- New Owners: Property ownership cannot be changed until a recorded deed is received from the Morris County Clerk by the Tax Assessor. It usually takes at least four weeks from the date the deed is sent to the County for recording.
- Notice of Assessment Postcard: Each year by February 1, the postcard is mailed to each resident for the purpose of notifying them of their assessment for the calendar year. A copy of your current year post card can be accessed here. Please not that the purpose of your card is not to verify the amount of taxes you paid. You can access that information through the "Pay Online" feature located on the homepage or by calling the Tax Collector's Office at 973-326-7420.
- Property Owners Within 200 Feet List Request: Please complete the form and mail or hand deliver to the Tax Assessor's Office with payment. The request will be available within seven working days.
- Property Tax Relief Programs
- New Jersey Senior "Freeze": The program is administered by the New Jersey Division of Taxation. Call 1-800-882-6597 for more information.
- Senior Citizen Property Tax Deduction: The deduction is $250 per year. Income (including spouse's income) cannot exceed $10,000 per year, not including Social Security or federal, state, county, or municipal government pension. Please call the Tax Assessor for the claim form.
- Veteran Property Tax Deduction: The deduction is $250 per year. Must have active wartime service and copy of Form DD214 (honorable discharge). Please call the Tax Assessor for the claim form. Please be aware that a Supplemental Form is required if you served during a Peacekeeping Mission.
- Revaluation: Township -wide revaluation went into effect for 2016. Previous Township-wide revaluation was in 2001.
- Tax Appeals: Tax appeal filing period is after January 1 and no later than April 1. View further information on tax appeals.
- Tax Maps: Tax maps can be viewed in the Tax Assessor’s Office or on the Morris County website.
- Zoning: The tax assessor will advise how property is assessed, but for actual interpretation, please contact the Engineering Department's Zoning Officer.