The Randolph Township Department of Finance's tax assessment and tax collection divisions have put the following information together to address the most frequently asked questions.
In addition, the Association of Municipal Assessors of New Jersey has teamed up with the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Realtors to offer the New Jersey Homeowner's Guide to Property Taxes (PDF).
Property Taxpayers' Bill of Rights
The Property Taxpayers' Bill of Rights (Place 2017, c. 128) ensures that:
- All property taxpayers are accorded the basic rights of fair and equitable treatment under the state constitution and laws of New Jersey
- All property taxpayers receive the information and assistance they need to understand and meet their property tax responsibilities.
Services to Property Taxpayers
As a property taxpayer, you have the right to obtain information explained in simple, nontechnical terms about:
- Your responsibilities and rights as a property owner and property taxpayer.
- Your real property assessment and how it is determined and calculated.
- Your right to appeal and how to appeal an assessment you believe is incorrect as to your property or as to another property in the same county and the time limits involved.
- Your right, in the context of a property tax appeal, to view the property record card of other real property in the municipality.
You have the right to expect questions will be responded to within a reasonable amount of time.
Statements and Notices
You have the right to expect all notices you receive will clearly identify the purpose of the communication and the proper procedure when responding.
For More Information
Many local property tax forms and publications are available on the New Jersey Division of Taxation's website.
Division of Assessments
The assessor's office is responsible for maintaining the listing and description of all real property in the taxing district. Questions? Contact Tax Assessor Glen Sherman at 973-989-7075.
For information regarding property assessment data, please visit the Morris County Board of Taxation's website.
The tax rate is calculated by dividing the net taxable value (the ratable base determined by the assessor) into the total property tax levy each year. The 2022 tax rate is $2.673 per $100 of assessed value. For a general overview on how taxes are assessed, the New Jersey Division of Taxation offers a brochure entitled How Property is Valued for Property Tax Purposes (PDF).
Despite its description, a tax appeal is not an appeal of property taxes. A tax appeal is an appeal of the property tax assessment determined by the tax assessor. Appeals must be filed with the Morris County Board of Taxation on or before April 1st of the tax year in question. It is recommended that before you file an appeal, you speak to the tax assessor to discuss your assessed value. The New Jersey Division of Taxation has provided an informational brochure regarding tax appeals entitled A Guide To Tax Appeal Hearings (PDF).
For tax appeal forms, please contact the Morris County Board of Taxation at 973-285-6707.
New construction, structural additions, and renovations to a home result in an increased value and an increased property tax assessment. The assessor is responsible for the determination of assessed value for new construction/renovations completed in the tax year. The process includes the review of all permits, certificates of approval and occupancy, inspection of properties, and valuation of the added assessment. An added assessment is prorated based upon the number of months the work has been completed. For example, if construction is completed in February, the added assessment would be prorated for ten months of the year. Added assessment bills are typically sent in early October and due by November 1st.
Property record cards are maintained by the assessor's office and include a detailed description of each property within the municipality. Individual property record card information is available by request at the assessor's office.
The assessor's office is also responsible for maintaining all documents (deeds) concerning all real estate transactions in the township. Surveys, when provided to the assessor's office, are also maintained in the assessor's office.
Division of Tax Collection and Treasurer
The tax collection division is responsible for the receipt and collection of all local taxes, both current and delinquent. Questions? Contact Tax Collector Linda Ann Roth at 973-989-7047/7048.
Real estate taxes are due on February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.
The township allows for a ten-day grace period for receipt of the taxes. Any property tax payment received after the tenth calendar day is considered late, and interest will be charged back to the first day due. Payment is date of receipt, not postmarked date. Delinquent interest rate is 8% on the first $1,500 and 18% on amounts above. A penalty of 6% shall be charged for any delinquency in excess of $10,000 which has not been paid, as billed, prior to the end of the calendar year.
The tax collection division is located in the township municipal building and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For your convenience, there is also a drop-off box located by the front door of the municipal building. All transactions deposited in the box will be posted the next day.
Yes! The Township of Randolph is pleased to offer you the opportunity to pay your property taxes online, 24/7, from the convenience of your home or office. The secure online tax payment services are provided at no additional cost to residents.
Yes! The Township of Randolph's payment program enables property owners to have their tax payment directly withdrawn from a checking or savings account every quarter. To enroll in the payment program, download and complete the Direct Debit Tax Payment Agreement (PDF) and return it to the tax collector's office via mail or in person.
The property tax is divided among the County of Morris, the Randolph Board of Education, and the township. The chart illustrates the percentage that each of the jurisdictions receives from the average taxpayer in the township.