Departments

Tax Assessor/Property Assessment

Tax Assessor

Debra Blaney, Tax Assessor

 

(908) 369-4313  Ext. 146
(908) 369-0408  Fax
Betsy Hollenbach, Deputy Tax Assessor (908) 369-4313  Ext. 200

 

Tax Assessment Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Mission Statement

The Assessor’s office is committed to distributing the tax burden fairly and equitably for the property owners of Hillsborough Township. The Assessor and staff strive to provide excellence in public service in a courteous, timely, and professional manner, while educating the public of the overall assessment process, the annual reassessment program, and property tax relief programs.

Assessor

The Tax Assessor is responsible to the property owners of Hillsborough Township for the fair assessment of all property which results in the overall goal of distributing the tax burden equitably throughout the district. The primary duty is to “determine the full and fair value of each parcel of real property situated within the taxing district as such prices as, in her/his judgment, it will sell for at a fair and bona fide sale by contract” (N.J.S.A. 45:4‐23). The Assessor works on behalf of Hillsborough Township under the direction and supervision of the New Jersey Division of Taxation and the Somerset County Board of Taxation.   The Assessor is not involved with the total amount of tax collected and the municipal budget. The tax rate for each municipality is calculated by the Somerset County Board of Taxation. The sum of the budget requirements needed each year, by all government entities (Municipal, County and theBoard of Education) divided by the total ratables for the district determines what is called the tax rate. With changes in the budget, tax rates and assessments all affecting the tax you pay, the key to your total yearly taxes due is based upon the amount to be raised by taxation to cover the cost of services from all government entities.

Annual Reassessment Program

Hillsborough Township conducts an annual Reassessment which enables the Assessor to ensure fair, equitable, uniform assessments and each property is assessed at their “true market value”.  The reassessment of your property will be on an annual basis, based upon market trends and will be reflected in the following year’s assessment.

Due to the New Jersey Division of Taxation guidelines for the program, each property will be inspected once every four years. The purpose of this inspection is to verify that your property information is consistent with the information in our database, this is vital to maintaining equity and uniformity.

There will be an exterior and interior inspection and your cooperation is greatly appreciated. If the property owner is not at the property while the exterior inspection is being performed or refuses access to the interior, the township employee will leave a notice with a contact phone number for the owner to contact the office to schedule an inspection.  If the inspector is unable to gain interior access at a later date, the valuation of the interior components will be estimated in accordance with the standards of the neighborhood.

To search for assessment information and to reprint the assessment notice postcard for a specific property, you may click here 
(To print out a copy of the current year assessment postcard, please click on the pdf option next to the property owner’s name once you access the “PROPERTY MOD4 RECORD” SCREEN)

Click here for Frequently Asked Reassessment Questions

 

Appeals

Property owners who feel that their assessed value does not reflect a true market value are encouraged to contact the Assessor’s office to discuss their assessed value. Up to date sales information is always readily available for public review to assist the owner in educating them on the recent market trends in which they may not be aware of throughout the district. After contacting the Assessor’s office and reviewing the sales information, if the owner still disagrees with their assessment, they have the right to file an appeal with the Somerset County Board of Taxation on or before May 1st. Please be advised that the basis for filing an appeal is the disagreement upon the value of the property and not the yearly taxes paid on the property.

Somerset County Board of Taxation

To research comparable sales, you may click here 

 

Property Tax Benefits

Veteran or Surviving Spouse Deductions 

There is an annual $250.00 property tax deduction for veterans or their surviving spouses. To qualify, the applicant must be an honorably discharged US Armed Forces war veteran or the unmarried surviving spouse of such a war veteran or the unmarried surviving spouse of a serviceperson who served in time of war and died while on duty. The applicant must be a property owner and a legal resident of New Jersey and, where applicable, prove that the deceased veteran or serviceperson was a legal resident of New Jersey. If the applicant was in active duty for a Peacekeeping Mission, a supplemental Peacekeeping Mission form is required and submitted with the veteran deduction application. Please visit the following link for the application and additional information or for further assistance, contact the Assessor’s office directly.

Supplemental D.V.S.S.E/V.S.S. 

*Please include a contact number on the claim form and also submit a copy of your driver’s license.

Senior Citizen, Disabled Person or Surviving Spouse

There is an annual $250.00 property tax deduction for a qualified Senior Citizen, Disabled Person and Surviving Spouse who meet specific requirements of the deduction. To qualify, you must be age 65 or older, or a permanently and totally disabled individual or the unmarried surviving spouse,age 55 or more, of such person.  The applicant must be a legal resident of New Jersey for one year immediately prior to October 1 of the year before the year for which the deduction is requested. The applicant must also be an owner of and a permanent resident in the dwelling on October 1 of the year before the year for which the deduction is requested.  Income for the applicant may be no more than $10,000 during the year for which the deduction is claimed, excluding with restrictions, monies received from social security, Federal and State pension, disability and retirement programs. Refer to the links for the application and income statement form. If you need additional assistance, please contact the Assessor’s office directly.

Income Statement PTDSI  

*Please include a contact number on the claim form and also submit a copy of your driver’s license.

Property Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled Veterans or Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner

Applicants that are 100% permanently and totally disabled war veterans or the unmarried surviving spouses of such disabled war veterans are granted a full property tax exemption on their dwelling house and the lot on which it is situated.  To qualify, you must be an honorably discharged disabled veteran who had active service in time of war in the US Armed Forces, or the unmarried surviving spouse of such a disabled veteran.  Unmarried surviving spouses of servicepersons who died in active service in time of war also qualify. Wartime service‐connected disability must be certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Hillsborough Township is one of the few districts that grant the exemption as per the date the applicant is declared 100% permanently disabled by the VA and not by the date the application is filed so long as the applicant held ownership of the property.  The applicant must be the full or partial owner and a permanent resident in the dwelling and legal resident of New Jersey. In the case of surviving spouses, the deceased spouse must also have been a legal resident of New Jersey.

*Please include a contact number on the claim form and also submit a copy of your driver’s license.

Please contact the Assessor’s office for further information you have regarding the overall assessment process and/or to obtain further assistance in reference to property tax benefits. The office staff is available for assistance Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

NJ Division of Taxation Pamphlet – How property is valued for property tax purposes

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