“A Word of Many, Too Many Meanings….” Supreme Court Opinion Alert
“Jurisdiction, this Court has observed, is a word of many, too many, meanings.” Wilkins v United States (Slip op. March 28, 2023). Well, whatever the word means, the 12-year limitations period contained in the Quiet Title Act (28 U.S.C. Sec. 2409a) is not a bar to a federal Court’s jurisdiction. Wilkins and neighbor Stanton live... Read More
One Week Left! Are You Over-Assessed?
There is only one week left until the April 3 property tax appeal filing deadline for 2023 for most towns in New Jersey. For municipalities with reassessments or revaluations put into effect this year outside Monmouth County, the filing deadline is May 1. Are you over-assessed, or even comfortable that your 2023 assessment represents your... Read More
N.J. Appellate Court Rejects Another COVID “Shutdown” Order Challenge
The New Jersey Appellate Division has rejected yet another challenge to one of Governor Phil Murphy’s COVID “shutdown” Orders. At issue in this case was Executive Order 107 (“EO 107”), which became effective on March 21, 2020 and implemented certain social mitigation strategies requiring “every effort to reduce the rate of community spread of [COVID-19.]”... Read More
Two Week Warning! April 3 Tax Appeal Deadline Looming in New Jersey – Should You File an Appeal?
The annual filing deadline for 2023 property tax appeals in New Jersey is just around the corner – April 3, 2023 in most towns. That means there’s little time left to determine whether an appeal should be filed in an effort to reduce your tax assessment. Real property taxes are usually the second biggest expense... Read More
Great 8, Number 8: Pennsylvania Coal v. Mahon
For the final case in my “Great 8”, who else but Holmes? Before we get there, a quick caveat on “great cases” (from Holmes): “Great cases like hard cases make bad law. For great cases are called great, not by reason of their real importance in shaping the law of the future, but because of... Read More
It’s the Same Old Song, This Time in North Carolina
“Now it’s the same old song, But with a different meaning since you been gone” Those lyrics have stood the test of time, as has the use of eminent domain power for purposes that probably were not contemplated by our founding fathers when they created the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution and... Read More
NJ Supreme Court – Malanga v West Orange – Redevelopment Criteria “d” Interpreted
Hot off the presses, Chief Justice Rabner issued the Court’s unanimous opinion on Monday reversing a “blight” designation by the Township of West Orange. The full opinion is here. While we are still digesting the opinion, I believe its the first substantive interpretation of criterion “d” by our Supreme Court since Wilson v. City of... Read More
NJ Property Taxes Are Skyrocketing – What Else is New?
A recent report concluded the obvious – along with the cost of living, the average cost of a residential property tax bill in New Jersey increased in 2022 over the average cost in 2021. While the average increase was reported to be a little over 2%, making the average residential property tax bill nearly $9500/year,... Read More
Atlantic City Casinos at Center of Property Tax Dispute
This is a reminder that, in most NJ municipalities, the deadline to file a 2023 property tax appeal is fast approaching on April 3, 2023. If you believe you may be overassessed, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a complimentary evaluation of your 2023 property tax assessment. Last year, a Superior Court judge struck down a... Read More
Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Exemption Upheld on Appeal
A 2021 decision by the Tax Court of New Jersey that granted a property tax exemption to a local religious organization in Monmouth County was recently affirmed by the Appellate Division in a reported per curiam opinion. The Township of Neptune had appealed the determination of the Tax Court granting an exemption to the Ocean... Read More