Weekday Road Closure alert for Blackwell Road

Blackwell Road between Pennington-Lawrenceville Road and Federal City Road will be closed to traffic starting today, September 15, 2014 and continuing for the next 2 weeks for gas line maintenance.

The east bound detour will be Pennington-Lawrenceville Road to Federal City Road.

The west bound detour will be Federal City Road to Pennington-Lawrenceville Road.

Residents living on Blackwell Road will be able to access their homes at all times from either side.

 

Scam Alert:

JCP&L Utility Scam Alert
A recent scam involves a caller posing as an electric company employee threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made, using a pre-paid debit card such as a Green Dot card. These pre-paid cards are available at convenience stores and drug stores, and customers can use them to pay bills or add money to online accounts. JCP&L does not endorse the use of Green Dot cards as a bill payment method. If a customer receives a call from someone demanding payment of their electric bill by using a Green Dot card, they are being scammed and should report the crime to local authorities. Although JCP&L representatives sometimes do call customers to remind them that a payment is past due, they explain how a payment can be made using one of the following established payment options: • Direct Debit • Automated Phone Payment - 1-866-569-4770 • Authorized Payment Location - www.firstenergycorp.com/forms/paymentagencies • Mail Any customer who has doubts about a call from someone claiming to be from JCP&L, especially one demanding immediate payment, should call JCP&L’s customer service number at 1-800-662-3115. For more information, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/paymentoptions.

 

PSE&G is once again urging customers to be vigilant to a telephone scam where callers threaten to shut off electric or gas service if payment is not made that day.

The scam, which has been reported across the country, involves payments using Green Dot MoneyPaks, and currently seems to be targeting customers in Mercer County.  (PSE&G alerted the public to a similar scam several times in 2013.)

 how does the scam work? 

  • Individuals pretending to be PSE&G employees call customers and demand that they make payment within hours using a Green Dot Money Pak, a type of pre-paid card.
  • Customers are told to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak at a pharmacy or convenience store, use cash to put money on to the card, and then provide the number on the card to the person who called them.
  • Customers are advised that if they do not immediately call back and provide the MoneyPak information, their gas/electric service will be shut off that day.
  • Typically, after the customer provides that MoneyPak number, the scammer transfers the funds to a prepaid card, and cashes it in at an ATM.

 what should customers know?

  • Customers should be wary of callers who demand immediate payment and threaten service termination.
  • PSE&G does not accept Green Dot Money Pak cards.  PSE&G offers a variety of payments options, and would never require a customer to use one specific type of payment.
  • When PSE&G makes an outbound phone call to customers, customer-specific information is shared with the customer.  That information includes the account name, address, number and current balance.  If customers do not receive this correct information, they likely are not speaking with a PSE&G representative.
  • Any customer who has doubts about the legitimacy of a call from PSE&G — especially one in which payment is requested — should call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
  • PSE&G customers scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment receive written notice on their bill at least 10 days in advance.  Customers who are struggling to pay their bill are encouraged to call PSE&G at 1-800-357-2262 to discuss payment options and visit pseg.com/help to learn about programs that can help.


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Tax Assessor: Deborah Fox

(located in the Public Works Building)
737-0607 ext. 624, 648, & 622
fax - 737-2813

Property tax deductions available to residents. (click here)

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING PROPERTY TAX APPEALS

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.

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, 2014.

Any questions regarding tax appeals should be directed to the Mercer County Board of Taxation at (609) 989-6704.

REMINDER – FARMLAND APPLICATIONS

Reminder to all farmland assessed properties in Hopewell Township – Farmland applications for 2015 are due in the Assessor’s Office on or before August 1, 2014.  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 2015

Changes to the farmland assessment rule will now not take place until 2015.

Senior & Veteran Deductions

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 Assessment in New Jersey

NJ has an ad valorem based tax system which means that property tax assessment is based on the market value of your property. 

How Property is Valued for Property Tax Purposes Brochure PDF

NJ Property Tax Records Click here Free registration is required, after which you can use the Mod IV tab to review your information.


HOW TO ACCESS PROPERTY TAX APPEAL FORMS

If you go to the web site of the State of NJ division of taxation when it opens  at the left click on Local Property Tax then click on Local property tax forms  then click on under forms A-1 Petition of appeal. You will need four copies: 1 for the county , 1 for the assessor’s office, 1 for the township clerk, and one for your records. http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/other_forms/lpt/petappl.pdf

Things to Remember about the Appeal Process

  • 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

Please Contact the Collector for questions regarding tax bills and taxes paid.

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