137 Main Street
Andover, NJ 07821
Phone: (973) 786-6688
Fax: (973) 786-7231
email: clerk@andoverboroughnj.org
Hours: Monday - Friday : 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed on Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day)

 

                                                                          

PROPERTY TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS:

 

The Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights states property taxpayers in New Jersey have the following rights:
• The right to understand the property assessment process and the requirements of the state Constitution concerning the assessment of real property;
• The right to understand the calculation of the assessment on their property;
• The right to detailed information about how to appeal an assessment of property; and
• The right to view the property assessment of any other parcel of property in the municipality in which the taxpayer’s property is located.

Check Status of Taxes Online
Andover Borough property owners may now check on line to see if their property tax payments are current. The web site is: https://webportal.municipal-software.com/lookup/AndoverBoro


 

Tax Office

Homestead Rebate:
Questions from taxpayers pertaining to the Homestead Benefit Program should be directed to (888) 238-1233 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays

Mailing Address:
Andover Borough Tax Collector, Attention: Melissa Caton, 137 Main Street, Andover, NJ 07821

Please be advised that the State of New Jersey does not allow the Tax Collector to acknowledge postmarks, therefore, taxes must be received in the office on or before the 10th. However, if the 10th falls on a weekend or legal holiday, you have until the next business day to make payment. Payments received after the grace period will be assessed 8% interest per annum on the first $1500.00 of delinquency and 18% per annum on all balances over $1500.00. Any balances over $10,000.00 at December 31 will be assessed an additional flat 6% penalty.

* Property tax bills are mailed once a year in July and contain four (4) quarterly payments.

* Taxes are due February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.

* If you pay your taxes through your mortgage company, the statement will say "This is not a bill, for advice only". If you receive an "advise only" statement, but do not have a mortgage company, please use this statement to pay your taxes

* When selling your property, this bill must be handed over to the new owner at the time of closing

* Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from paying your taxes or the interest due on delinquent taxes.


Property Tax Reimbursement UPDATE:
The Property Tax Reimbursement (Senior Freeze) Program reimburses applicants for the property tax increases they incur each year. Applicants must continue to meet all the income eligibility and residency requirements and must file an application each year to receive the reimbursement. The Division of Taxation has extended the application deadline from to October 17, 2016.


Tax Relief Programs:

Property Tax Reimbursement: A program only for those 65 or older or those receiving federal disability benefits. They must have paid property taxes on their principal residence directly or through mobile home park fees. Applicants must be NJ residents for at least 10 years and must have lived in the residence on which the reimbursement is claimed for at least 3 years. There are income limitations. Applicants must meet all requirements for the base and reimbursement years. The reimbursements equal to the difference between the taxes paid in the reimbursement year and the base year. This program is administered by the NJ Division of Taxation. Filing deadline is generally June 1; however, the deadline has been known to be extended from time to time. Please call 1-800-882-6597 for information or to request form PTR-1.

Senior Citizen's / Disabled Annual Property Tax Deduction:
An annual $250 deduction for those 65 or older or permanently and totally disabled or qualifies as a surviving spouse of a senior citizen or disabled person with incomes less than $10,000 per year, excluding Social Security payments and other permitted exclusions. Applications must own and reside in the home on which the deduction is claimed.

Click here for Senior Citizens / Disabled Annual Tax Deduction Form

Veteran's Deduction:
An annual deduction of $250 from property taxes is available to qualified veterans or non-remarried widows of veterans. Claimant must be a New Jersey citizen prior to October 1st of pretax year.

Click here for Veteran Tax Deduction Form

Veterans, who were honorably discharged and actively served during the following wars may apply for a deduction: Joint Guard Mission-Bosnia and Herzegovina, Joint Endeavor Mission-Bosnia and Herzegovina, Restore Hope Mission-Somalia, Operation "Desert Shield/Desert Storm", Panama Peacekeeping Mission, Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission, Grenada Peacekeeping Mission, Vietnam Conflict, Korean Conflict, World War I and World War II. Dates of induction/service apply.

Veteran Disabled Exemption:
Criteria for this exemption is explained in the general instructions. click here for form

For more information about property tax relief programs, please refer to the Division of Taxations website:

https://www.nj.gov/treasury/taxation/index.shtml     

Division of Taxation Property Tax Relief Program Info
https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/relief.shtml

 

ANDOVER BOROUGH WATER UTILITY

· The Water Utility payment stubs are mailed on time a year in July and contain four (4) quarterly payments.

· Water Utility payments are due each quarter by February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.

· Payment should be mailed to: Andover Borough Water Dept., 137 Main Street, Andover NJ 07821

** Separate payment is required from property tax. Do not combine water and property tax payments. Combined checks will be returned to you and you will be responsible for late fees. **

Check Status of Water Balance Online:

· Balance Due for Water can be found by searching this link:
https://webportal.municipal-software.com/lookup/AndoverBoro

· Under “Select Service to Query” pull down screen and click on “ Equal Installment Utility”.

 

 

 

Tax Assessment Office

Tax Assessment Records Search: https://www.sussex.nj.us/cn/webpage.cfm?tpid=11778
Tax Maps: click here

 

Farmland Assessment:

Farmland assessment is a reduced rate for property that is at least 5 acres actively devoted to agriculture and meets other requirements on an annual basis. The owner must establish at least two years of activity prior to being allowed into the farm assessment program. The filing and administering of the application is done locally by the Tax Assessor.

Farmland meeting the requirements for eligibility can receive preferential assessment. The assessment is based on productivity and agricultural or horticultural use of the land.

Eligibility Requirements:
  1. Applicant must own the land.
  2. Owner must apply for Farmland Assessment on Form FA-1 with municipal tax assessor annually on or before August 1 of the year immediately preceding the tax year.
  3. Land must be devoted to agricultural or horticultural uses for at least two years prior to the tax year.
  4. Land must consist of at least 5 contiguous acres.
  5. Gross sales of products from the land must total $1,000 per year for the first 5 acres, plus $5 per acre for each acre over 5, except in the case of woodland or wetland where the income requirement $500 per year for the first 5 acres plus $.50 per acre for any acreage over 5.
  6. Owner must represent that the land will continue in agricultural or horticultural use to the end of the tax year for which application is made.
  7. Change to a use other than agricultural or horticultural results in additional taxes referred to as rollback taxes (taxes that would have been paid had the land been valued and taxed as other land minus taxes paid under farmland assessment).

Tax Appeals:

Tax appeals can be filed annually on a property by the owner on or before April 1st of the tax year. An appeal must be filed with the Sussex County Board of Taxation, the Tax Assessor and Township Clerk. Direct appeals to the NJ State Tax Court can only be filed if the assessment exceeds $1,000,000. A tax appeal is an appeal of your tax assessment compared to the market value of your property not on your property tax.
When appealing your assessment, evidence must be supplied that supports the market value of your property. Comparing your assessment to another property assessment is not valid evidence of an incorrect assessment. Once an appeal has been filed, the Tax Assessor will review the evidence presented along with inspecting the property under appeal. Based on this evaluation, a determination will be made to either recommend a reduction to the County Tax Board or a defense of the appeal will be presented to the Tax Board at the time of a hearing.
The County Tax Board will usually hear all tax appeals prior to June 30th of the tax year and will render a judgment based on the evidence presented at the hearing by both the taxpayer and the Tax Assessor for the Municipality.


Forms, Instructions and “A Guide to Tax Appeal Hearings” may be obtained on the County Board of Taxation website: https://www.sussex.nj.us/

Sussex County Department of Taxation
83 Spring Street, Suite 301
Newton, New Jersey 07860
 


Tax Rate and Ratio:

Year:                Rate:             Ratio:

 

2010                      3.635               52.99

 

2011                      3.605               59.80

 

2012                      3.770               59.80

 

2013                      4.062               60.08

 

2014                      4.227               61.32

 

2015                      2.811               99.65R

 

2016                      2.883               98.36

 

2017                      2.916               103.43

 

2018                      3.045               101.97

 

2019                      3.029               102.47

 

2020                                              98.88