Tax Assessor

CONTACT INFORMATION

Tax Assessor: Debra Blaney
Phone: (908) 215-6577
Email: assessor@highbridge.org

GENERAL INFORMATION

How property is valued for property tax purposes: click here
Letter from the County Tax Board regarding refused interior inspections: click here
High Bridge Borough Tax Analysis and Information: click here

TAXPAYER’S BILL OF RIGHTS

Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights: click here

ANNUAL DEDUCTION FOR VETERANS

(N.J.S.A. 54:4-8.10 et seq.as amended by P.L. 2019 c.413; N.J.A.C. 18:27-1.1 et seq.)

On November 3, 2020, an amendment to the State Constitution was approved by ballot vote: Question #2. This amendment provides that N.J. resident honorably discharged veterans, or their surviving spouses no longer need to serve during a specific war period or other emergency to receive the annual $250 property tax deduction.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS All requirements for deduction must be met as of October 1 of the pretax year, i.e., the year prior to the calendar tax year for which the deduction is claimed.

  1. Veteran Claimant as of October 1 pretax year must:
  2. have had active duty service in United States Armed Forces and been honorably discharged; 2. own the property, wholly or in part, or hold legal title to the property for which deduction is claimed; 3. be a legal or domiciliary resident of New Jersey.
  3. Surviving Spouse/Civil Union or Domestic Partner Claimant as of October 1 pretax year must: 1. document that the deceased veteran or serviceperson was a resident of New Jersey at death who had active duty service in the United States Armed Forces and who was honorably discharged or who died on active duty; 2. not have remarried/formed a new registered civil union or domestic partnership; 3. be a legal or domiciliary resident of New Jersey; 4. own the property, wholly or in part, or hold legal title to the property for which deduction is claimed.

Completed application and supporting documentation must be filed with the local municipal Tax Assessor (assessor@highbridge.org).
Click here for the Veterans Deduction Form

If you served in Peacekeeping Missions and Operations, you must also file a Supplemental Form.


PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR DISABLED VETERANS

Full exemption from property taxes on a principal residence for certain totally and permanently disabled war veterans and veterans who served in peacekeeping missions and operations. This exemption also is available to a surviving spouse/civil union/domestic partner who has not remarried.
Claim Form

For information about State Property Tax Relief Programs, including eligibility criterion and potential deduction or credit amounts, please visit the Division of Taxation’s website at https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/relief.shtml

ANNUAL PROPERTY TAX DEDUCATION FOR SENIORS, DISABLED PERSONS

Annual deduction of up to $250 from property taxes for homeowners 65 or older or disabled who meet certain income and residency requirements.
Click here for Form 1 and Click here for Form 2

FAQ

What is an Annual Reassessment?
An annual reassessment is an annual revaluing process that helps to ensure assessment values are at 100% of “full market value,” or what your house could sell for if it were placed on the open market today.

What is Full and Fair Value?
It is the value (price) at which a property would theoretically sell for in a fair and bona fide sale, as of October 1st of the previous year. For example, assessments for the 2019 tax year would be based upon the assessor’s evaluation on October 1st, 2018.

Why is there a need for a Reassessment?
The annual reassessment program helps to spread the tax burden equitably within the municipality and to ensure properties are assessed with the same standard of value so it’s fair for every homeowner within the district.

What is an inequitable assessment?
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:

  • Fluctuations in the economy
  • Changes in the characteristics of a parcel or neighborhood
  • Changes in zoning
  • Improvements completed without permits or without closing building permits
  • Delays in processing building permits
  • Changes in a home’s architectural style
  • Market pressure (Supply and demand)

When are farmland applications due?
Farmland application packets are mailed annually to currently qualified property owners by July 1st. The statutory deadline for property owners to file, with the tax assessor’s office is August 1st.