Can I appeal my taxes?
Under State law, the actual tax on a property cannot be appealed. However, an aggrieved property owner can file an appeal with regard to the assessment of value. The tax rate and a tax assessment are two distinctly different things, which sometimes are confused. The tax rate is determined by the dollar amount needed to operate South Orange, our School District, and Essex County, while the tax assessment provides the value upon which to apportion the taxes. Taxpayers can appeal a tax assessment, but not a tax rate.

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1. WILL TAXPAYERS BE INFORMED OF THEIR PROPOSED ASSESSMENT?
2. WHAT IS EXPECTED OF PROPERTY OWNERS?
3. WHAT HAS TO BE DONE DURING A REASSESSMENT PROGRAM?
4. WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR A REASSESSMENT?
5. WHAT IS MEANT BY FULL AND FAIR VALUE?
6. WHAT IS A REASSESSMENT?
7. When will the results of the Re-Assessment be applied?
8. Is there an appeal process if I disagree with my assessed value?
9. Can I appeal my taxes?
10. What is the new tax rate?