Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Exemption Upheld on Appeal

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
9 Mar 2023
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

MROD Hits Early Milestone in Office Tax Assessment Reductions for 2023

by: Matthew Erickson
7 Mar 2023
McKirdy Riskin Olson & DellaPelle, a boutique law firm handling both condemnation and property tax matters, has already surpassed one of its internal milestones for the 2023 year by achieving reductions in taxpayer assessments of over 30 million dollars of total market value for commercial office properties.  These reductions in tax assessments, which apply to... Read More

“Too Little, Too Late” – Appeal of $118,000,000 Assessment Dismissed as Untimely

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
6 Mar 2023
Ouch.  This is a huge reminder that, in most NJ towns, property tax appeals must be filed this year on or before April 3, 2023.  And you better be on time! Last month, the Tax Court of New Jersey dismissed a commercial taxpayer’s appeal of a new assessment resulting from a municipal revaluation as being... Read More

Great 8, Numbers 6 & 7: Cat in the Hat & Suydam

by: Joseph Grather
3 Mar 2023
Two for one Friday, or the Daily-Double! There was a raging debate twenty years ago (tempus fugit!) about what happens when government acquires allegedly contaminated property for public use.  Parties clashed over whether property seized by eminent domain should be valued considering the impact of the alleged contamination upon the value, or whether the contamination... Read More

Eminent Domain and Professional Sports Worlds Collide Again

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
27 Feb 2023
The SoCal city of Inglewood is back in the news, as it appears likely that it will be seizing private properties again in connection with its new sports and entertainment district which includes a $2 billion basketball arena that will become home to the LA Clippers professional basketball team.  In early 2021, Inglewood first authorized... Read More

LA County Agrees to Pay $20 Million for Bruce’s Beach

by: Michael Realbuto
21 Feb 2023
In November 2021 and August 2022, we covered a story where California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, signed a law authorizing Los Angeles County to return a beach property taken by eminent domain back to descendants of the original property owners. Those blogs can be found here and here. In mid-July 2022, an oceanfront ceremony officially marked... Read More

Great Eight, No. 5 – Nollan v. California Coastal Commission (US)

by: Joseph Grather
15 Feb 2023
1987. My penultimate year in high school and the year the United States Supreme Court decided Nollan v. California Coastal Commission.  483 U.S. 825. Justice Scalia’s opinion is worthy of a full read, especially the continued – and almost comical – retorts to Justice Brennan’s dissenting opinion. The issue is on appeal is immediately established: ... Read More

Great 8, Number 4: Wilson – Municipal Redevelopment Sustained

by: Joseph Grather
31 Jan 2023
The above image apparently depicts a downtown urban blighted area in Connecticut.  (But, today’s post will not be about the famous Little Pink House in Connecticut). This post is about the judicial progenitor of redevelopment in New Jersey, Wilson v City of Long Branch (1957) (Francis, Assoc. Justice).  The case was the first to challenge... Read More

Harrison Tp Redevelopment Faces Heavy Opposition

by: Joseph Grather
26 Jan 2023
A quick break from the “great 8” – – reports that a rural Gloucester County municipality has been targeted in two lawsuits seeking to invalidate a “warehouse” friendly redevelopment plan. To refresh everyone’s recollection, the New Jersey Constitution declares that “redevelopment” of a “blighted area” is a public use and public purpose for which... Read More

Morristown Property Tax Revaluation Delayed to 2024

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
23 Jan 2023
Morristown’s first property tax revaluation in nearly 20 years looks like it will have to wait yet another year to be completed.  Delays in performing inspections of the properties are the principal reason for the delay in the revaluation, which had been ordered to take place by the Morris County Tax Board and was originally... Read More