Court Declines to Invalidate Statute Prohibiting Third-Party Appeals in Tax Court
On September 28, 2022, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Mercer Vicinage, rendered a thirteen (13) page unpublished opinion in New Jersey Citizen Action, et al. v. State of New Jersey et al. that addressed the constitutionality of a recent change to the property tax appeal statute that removed third-party appeals of local property tax... Read More
A CHANGE TO THE (SENIOR) FREEZE IS COMING!
Changes may be on the horizon for the New Jersey’s Senior Freeze program. The Senior Freeze program helps eligible New Jerseyans lower their property taxes by reimbursing property tax payments increases and “freezes” the property tax rate for eligible homeowners and mobile home park site fees. This is particularly helpful for senior residents living on... Read More
Stand Clear: Belleville Prepares to Investigate a New Redevelopment Area
Besides being the hometown of a man who motivated many tri-state attorneys with his courtroom pizzazz, Belleville is also the potential home to a new “area in need of redevelopment” pursuant to the New Jersey Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:12A;1, et seq (“LRHL”). Last week, the Belleville Town Council passed a resolution that... Read More
Tax Court Declines to Extend Recent Expansion of Veteran’s Exemption
Disabled Veteran’s Tax Exemption On September 12, 2022, the Tax Court of New Jersey rendered a six (6) page unpublished opinion in Michael Hutchings v. Borough of Lawnside that addressed whether a Lawnside resident qualified for the “disabled veteran’s exemption” from his local property taxes. The opinion, written by the Hon. Kathi F. Fiamingo, J.T.C.,... Read More
NJ’s ANCHOR Program – IT HAS BEGUN!
Back in June 2022, we informed you that the State’s Affordable NJ Communities for Homeowners and Renters program (“ANCHOR”) was coming to provide “truly historic” tax relief to property owners and renters. In the words of the venerable soul-stealing sorcerer, Shang Tsung, “It has begun!” (Queue Mortal Kombat theme song). The ANCHOR program replaces the... Read More
Chabad of the Beaches “Takes” On the Village of Atlantic Beach
A recent eminent domain case unfolding across the river involves the potential taking of property owned by Chabad of the Beaches (“Chabad”), a Jewish community group, to be used for religious purposes. Chabad was founded by the Rabbi Eli Goodman and his wife, Beila Goodman, to serve the Jewish population of Long Beach Barrier Island.... Read More
No Standing for PA Senators Alleging Taking
Here’s a quick one for a Monday to start the workweek – – – on September 16, 2022, the Third Circuit issued a “precedential” opinion in the Yaw v. Delaware River Keeper case. If you thought that the doors to the federal courts swung wide open when the Supreme Court decided Knick v Scott, you... Read More
A Primer on Tenants’ Rights to Condemnation Awards in New Jersey
When the government takes private property using its power of eminent domain, it is required to pay the property owner “just compensation.” With that being said, the allocation of a condemnation award is not always clear cut and legal disputes often arise in the context of leaseholds. Allocation of a condemnation award to persons claiming... Read More
Bernardsville Redevelopment Project: Full Steam Ahead!
Last week, the Bernardsville Borough Council adopted a resolution approving a controversial designation of certain commercial properties on Olcott Square as an “area in need of redevelopment” pursuant to the New Jersey Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:12A;1, et seq (“LRHL”). The decision, approved by a 4-2 vote, was controversial because it rejected an... Read More