Please Contact the Collector for questions regarding tax bills and taxes paid.
Property Tax Assessment in New Jersey
How Property is Valued for Property Tax Purposes Brochure
NJ has an ad valorem based tax system which means that property tax assessment is based on the market value of your property.
NJ Property Tax Records Click Here Free registration is required, after which you can use the Mod IV tab to review your information.
Property Tax Deductions Available to Residents
- Senior/Disabled Tax Deduction
- Veteran Tax Deduction
- Totally and Permanently Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption
Applications for Senior and Veteran deductions are available in the Assessor’s Office. Totally disabled veterans, if qualified, are entitled to real property tax exemptions. Forms are also available in the Collector’s office.
Property Tax Appeals
Petitions to either the County Board of Taxation or directly to the State Tax Court must be filed and received on or before April 1, 2016.
ALL Taxpayers in Mercer County have the right to file tax appeals with the County Board of Taxation, regardless of the amount of their assessment. Those properties with assessments greater than $1,000,000.00 have the option of appealing either with the County Board of Taxation or filing directly to the State Tax Court of New Jersey.
What to Remember When Filing an Appeal:
- Property owners have the right to file an appeal each year
- You must prove that you would not be able to sell your house for its current assessed value by providing comparable sales
- Comparable sales are sales of similar homes that were listed on the open market, have sold within the appropriate time period and are not subject to any extenuating circumstances like duress, a sale between family members, estate sales etc.
- You cannot compare assessments as a basis for appeal
Any questions regarding tax appeals should be directed to the Mercer County Board of Taxation at (609) 989-6704.
Farmland Assessment Applications
Farm Application Checklist
Reminder to all farmland assessed properties in Hopewell Township – Farmland applications for 2017 are due in the Assessor’s Office on or before August 1, 2016.The office will mail the applications in June. The Assessor’s Office is located in the Public Works Building at 203 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd. If the farmland applications are not received in a timely manner, the properties will be denied farmland assessment for 2017.
Changes to Farmland Assessment
Click here for the list of Changes
The following are key changes under Farmland Assessment:
- Income: $500 Gross Sales Criterion for the first 5 acres is increased to $1,000, except for lands under a Woodland Management Plan, which remain at $500 for the first 5 acres.
- 2016 Revised Gross Sales Form: Income will be indicated on this form. Click Here to view a sample.
- 2016 Revised Woodland Data Form: The Woodland Data Form has been revised. When filing your Wood Farm Application, please be sure to use this updated form. You may obtain a copy of this form below.
- Descriptive Narrative: Properties where a farm’s acreage is less than 7 acres must include a descriptive narrative of the agricultural/horticultural uses, a sketch of their location and a number of acres devoted is required to be submitted with the application
Questions? Please Email your farmland assessment questions.