|Material Damage to Structures as a Result of Hurricane “Sandy” (Updated 1/29/13)|
The Township is in the process of implementing a complete reassessment of all property tax assessments for the 2013 tax year. This project started before “Sandy”. Any adjustments to assessments for material damage to structures as a result of the storm will be for the 2013 tax year. The adjustment process will be incorporated as part of the overall reassessment project for the 2013 tax year.
Typically, tax assessments for any year are finalized and certified by January 10 of the tax year. The Township of Toms River has received an extension from the Ocean County Board of Taxation until March 31, 2013 to complete the reassessment and the material damage adjustment process. When the reassessment process is complete, the result of the 2013 reassessment and the material damage adjustment will be mailed to all property owners. This will be your 2013 tax assessment. This will be approximately April 15, 2013. The notification will be by a post card. This is the post card that all property owners typically receive on February 1. The appeal deadline will be 45 days from the date of the mailing of the post card. If the post card is mailed April 15, 2013 the appeal deadline will be approximately June 1, 2013. The post card you receive will have the appeal deadline date and instructions on filing an appeal if you do not agree with the 2013 assessment.
If any structures on your land were damaged by the storm, New Jersey State law requires the property owner to submit a written request to have your assessment adjusted. The Township has been advised that this requirement may be changed by Executive Order of the Governor; however, until that happens, please be certain that you notify the Tax Assessor. We will post any changes to this policy on our website, if and when they occur. There is a form that was recently made available to us by the Ocean County Tax Board for this purpose. The internet link to that form is:
The form must be completed. You should attach any documentation and photographs to explain the damage.
Current New Jersey State law requires that the notification be received by the Tax Assessor on or before January 10 of the tax year for an adjustment to be made to the assessed value. As previously stated The Township of Toms River has received an extension to complete assessment adjustments for the tax year 2013. The Township of Toms River cannot extend a deadline or filing date set by New Jersey State law. If by chance you were not aware of this requirement to notify the Assessor of damage please do so as soon as possible so the Assessor is aware of the damage sustained to your structure as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
The completed and signed form should be submitted to:
Toms River Township Tax Assessor
33 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08753
If you have already submitted a written claim without using the form, that is acceptable. If we need any additional information on your claim to consider an adjustment to your assessment, we will notify you in writing. Please make sure that you provide us with a way to contact you during the hours of 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.