Hillsborough, NJ 08844
379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
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.
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. 54:4‐23). 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 or 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 the Board 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.
M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
An inequitable assessment occurs when properties aren’t being assessed at the same rate of true market value or are being assessed substantially above or below true market value. Some of the reasons for an inequitable assessment include:
The Assessor’s office has a sales binder that you are welcome to come to look at of recent home sales during our office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Farmland application packets are mailed annually to currently qualified property owners by July 1st. The Assessor’s office is not aware of any changes to the application deadline at this time. Applicants will be notified of any changes when they receive their farmland application packet.
Yes. For new constructions, an inspector will perform a full interior and exterior inspection once the CO is given. This inspection may happen with the builder or the new owner. For any other permit changes that would affect the assessed value, an inspector will come to the property once the permit closes. If it is an exterior change only, an exterior inspection will be performed. If it is an interior change, an interior inspection is needed. If the homeowner is not home, the inspector will leave a note at the door asking the homeowner to call our office. If an inspection is not performed, it will be estimated.
The staff is always eager to assist the public in calculating estimates of value for any structural changes you are considering. Please send an email directly to the Assessor, Debra Blaney firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information as well as information pertaining to the proposed structural changes.
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