Monmouth County Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey have introduced new legislation that would establish, and require local governments to promote, a Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The bill aims to delineate specific rights that property owners and taxpayers have under State law, and keep residents informed regarding how assessment processes work, and how unfair assessments can be appealed.
“We want to spell out, with no jargon, in clear black and white, what rights property taxpayers have in our state,” said Downey (D-Monmouth), “Understanding your assessment, how it’s calculated, and how to file an appeal, should never be something daunting.”
The bill (A-4007) would require that the Director of the Division of Taxation in the Department of the Treasury promulgate a Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which would specify that property taxpayers have the following rights under State law:
The right to understand the real property assessment process and the requirements of the New Jersey Constitution concerning the assessment of real property.
The right to understand the calculation of the assessment on their real property.
The right to detailed information about how to appeal an assessment of real property; and
The right to view the real property assessment of any other parcel of real property in the municipality in which the taxpayer’s property is located.
The Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights would be posted on the webpages of each county board of taxation and each municipality in the State.
“When residents receive unfair assessments, they often aren’t aware of what options are available to them,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth), “This bill will help the State and local municipalities keep property owners informed and involved, as they should be.”
The bill has been referred to the Assembly Budget Committee and awaits further consideration.