Penny L. Holenstein, CTA
150 Kennedy Road
P.O. Box 65
Tranquility, NJ 07879
908-852-9333 ext .16
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 9:00am to 3:00pm
Please call for an appointment
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 Green Township 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 Assessor's Office
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).
- 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.
- Exempt Properties – Every third year reviewing all exempt properties and obtaining updated information to ensure qualification.
- Chapter 75 – Assessment notification post cards mailed annually on or before February 1st of the tax year. The notification shows the current year assessment, the taxes paid in the prior year, and appeal information. If taxpayers have any questions with regard to the assessment, they should contact the Tax Assessor’s office.
A taxpayer does not file an appeal of his/her taxes but rather the assessment. Green Township taxpayers who believe that their assessments do not reflect 100% of true market value as of October 1st, of the pretax year (the assessing date) have the right to file an appeal with the Sussex County Board of Taxation on or before April 1st of the tax year. A Petition of Appeal may be obtained from the Sussex County Tax Board located at the 83 Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860 973-579-0790 or visit http://www.sussex.nj.us/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=7&TPID=862
Properties with an assessed value in excess of $1,000,000 may file an appeal directly to the State Tax Court. However, all property owners are urged to speak with the Tax Assessor to discuss their assessment prior to filing an appeal. The Tax Assessor represents Green Township in all tax appeals before the Sussex County Tax Board.
Please review brochure linked below for more information on filing a tax appeal:
The Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights states property taxpayers in New Jersey have the
• The right to understand the property assessment process and the requirements of the
state Constitution concerning the assessment of real property;
• The right to understand the calculation of the assessment on their property;
• The right to detailed information about how to appeal an assessment of property; and
• The right to view the property assessment of any other parcel of property in the municipality.
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New Jersey's Farmland Assessement Program