Union County Notifies Residents Of Property Tax Relief For Hurricane Sandy Victims

UNION COUNTY – In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to notify county residents whose homes suffered any flooding or structural damage due to the super-storm that they may be eligible for a reduction to their property tax assessment.

“Hurricane Sandy dealt Union County a devastating blow,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We are diligently seeking new avenues of relief for our residents and this is one that we encourage them to take advantage of.”

To apply for the reduction, residents must download the Assessment Review form, at www.ucnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/tax-form.pdf. The form must be completed and submitted, with any supporting documentation concerning the property and the referenced damage, to the corresponding municipal tax assessor by Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.

Submission of the Assessment review form does not guarantee there will be a resulting change in the property tax assessment, as material depreciation is being evaluated on a case by case basis.

To qualify, the home must have suffered flooding or structural damage; damage to trees and landscaping do not qualify as property damage for the sake of this program.

Assessment reductions will take effect as of January, but will not be adjusted on your tax bill until the third quarter of 2013.

For additional information, contact the Union County Board of Taxation at 1-908-527-4775, or contact your local tax assessor. For a listing of municipal tax assessors and their local contact information, visit www.ucnj.org/taxation-phone-sheet/.

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