Maureen E. Kaman, CTA 973-347-0159 ext. 31
Office Hours: Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. and by appointment
2014 Equalization Rate: 89.68% of true market value
2013 Tax Rate: $3.655 per hundred of assessed valuation
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING FILING AN APPEAL IN 2014, PLEASE NOTE:
YOU DO NOT FILE AN APPEAL OF YOUR TAXES BUT OF YOUR ASSESSMENT. TAXES ARE A RESULT OF THE COUNTY, SCHOOL, AND LOCAL BUDGETS LESS STATE AID.
YOU MUST PROVE YOUR ASSESSMENT IS OUTSIDE THE COMMON LEVEL RANGE (CHAPTER 123) BY VIRTUE OF COMPARABLE SALES. (76.23-103.13)
A LIST OF ALL SALES WHICH TOOK PLACE IN STANHOPE BOROUGH FROM 10/01/12 TO 10/31/13 WILL BE POSTED AT THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING AFTER 1/31/14 YOU MAY ONLY USE USABLE SALES DURING THE PERMITTED TIME FRAME. SALES CLOSER TO 10/01/13 ARE BEST. YOU MUST RELY ON 3 VALID, USABLE COMPARABLE SALES OF SIMILAR PROPERTIES.
DO NOT USE OTHER ASSESSMENTS AS A COMPARISON
DO NOT USE TAXES AS A CRITERIA FOR AN APPEAL
DO NOT USE PROPERTIES THAT ARE CURRENTLY ON THE MARKET
DO NOT USE SHORT SALES, FORECLOSURES, SHERIFF SALE
DO NOT USE OTHER SALES MARKED NON-USABLE
DO NOT SUBMIT MARKET TRENDS AND/OR OTHER ANALYSIS, LISTINGS OF PROPERTIES CURRENTLY FOR SALE, SALES OF PROPERTIES THAT SOLD BEFORE OR AFTER THE PERMISSIBLE DATES NOTED ABOVE, ASSESSMENTS OF OTHER PROPERTIES, TAXES NEIGHBORS PAY, SALES IN OTHER TOWNS, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, ETC.
DO USE SALES THAT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE MARKET AND ARE BETWEEN A WILLING BUYER AND A WILLING SELLER AND REFLECT FAIR MARKET VALUE.
IF, AFTER READING THE INSTRUCTIONS, REVIEWING YOUR PROPERTY RECORD CARD PREVIOUSLY MAILED TO ALL PROPERTY OWNERS, AND REVIEWING APPLICABLE COMPS YOU BELIEVE YOU SHOULD FILE AN APPEAL, ENSURE YOU HAVE ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS ATTACHED, FILE THE ORIGINAL WITH THE SUSSEX COUNTY TAX BOARD, SERVE A COPY ON THE BOROUGH CLERK AND TAX ASSESSOR, AND THEN IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE ASSESSOR TO SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION OF THE PREMISES. INSPECTIONS ARE ON FRIDAYS, 12:00 TO 4:00 PM.
Please access the Sussex County Board of Taxation Website for forms and additional information. Click the link below:
Sussex County Board of Taxation
If you receive a solicitation requesting payment for tax information, please contact the tax assessor first. In all probability, most of the information you will be provided with or need is free and available through the Tax Assessors office or on-line. If you receive a letter from anyone indicating you should file an appeal, again, please first contact the assessors office to discuss your assessment or stop at the Municipal Building and pick up information on filing an appeal.
The Tax Assessor is a quasi-judicial position, a creature of the Legislature, whose authority is statutory and based in the New Jersey Constitution. The Stanhope Borough Tax Assessor holds a Certified Tax Assessor Certificate from the State of New Jersey, Department of the Treasury, Division of Taxation. Although the Tax Assessor is hired and paid by the Municipality, the immediate supervisor of the Tax Assessor is the County Board of Taxation.
The municipal Tax Assessor is responsible for the following activities:
Location and ownership of all real property in the taxing district; listing and describing property in a manner as prescribed by the Division of Taxation.
Determining taxable value of all property in the taxing district.
Equalization via district wide revaluation and maintenance and for purposes of State aid to schools.
Defense of Appeals appearances at County Tax Board and State Tax Court.
Process and review copies of construction permits and valuation for added and omitted assessments and for COAH fees.
Sub-Divisions assign block and lot numbers and valuation of newly created lot(s).
Tax Apportionment,Farmland assessment valuation, review of applications, inspections, in addition to rollback assessments.
Continual Review of Property Cards to ensure accuracy.
Deductions review for qualification pursuant to NJ State Statutes of Veteran, widow, senior & disabled.
Every third year reviewing all exempt properties and obtaining updated information to ensure qualification.
Assessment notification post cards mailed annually on or before February 1st of the tax year. The notification shows the current year assessment, the taxes billed in the prior year, and appeal information. If taxpayers have any questions with regard to the assessment, they should contact the Tax Assessors office.
Other functions in the assessors office are numerous and many including but not limited to updating the tax and sales maps; processing deed changes; updating property record cards; reviewing and updating claims for tax deductions and exemptions; maintaining exempt property, assessments, added and omitted assessment lists; sending out and reviewing Income and Expenses statements to income producing properties; and processing sales ratio data. In addition to which taxpayers, appraisers, attorneys, and others are constantly in and out of the Assessors office to discuss assessment issues. Public relations is an integral part of the role of the Tax Assessor.
The Tax Assessor, Maureen Kaman, is available to speak about aspects of the assessment process to local organizations.
For more information visit the State of New Jersey websites at the following links:
State of NJ Treasury/Taxation
For more information on Property Tax in New Jersey please visit the following webstite: NJ League of Municipalities