TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin to ensure homeowners who want to appeal their property taxes are aware of the appeal deadline was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie on Friday. The bill came from an idea from a resident, who felt that the tax appeal information was not easily found on their property tax bill.
“This is a simple step that can go a long way in ensuring that homeowners who want to appeal their property taxes do not miss their opportunity to do so,” said Pinkin (D-Middlesex)
The bill (A-544) would require the statutory notice of annual assessment, usually mailed in late January, to contain the deadline to file an appeal of the assessment in boldface type. Since the notice of assessment does not require any immediate action by a property taxpayer, the consequences of the notice on the amount of subsequent tax bills often passes largely unnoticed until well after the appeal deadline of April 1st.
The bolded notice is intended to remind property taxpayers of the quickly approaching filing deadline for appeals so that they don't loose their opportunity to file an appeal before the deadline.
The bill was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic), Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic), Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson), Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth), as well as Senator Brian Stack (D-Hudson) and former Senator Peter Barnes (D-Middlesex).
Assemblywoman Pinkin represents the 18th Legislative District which includes East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River. She was first elected to the Assembly in 2013 after serving on the East Brunswick Town Council since 2005. The Assemblywoman was re-elected in November 2015.