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NJ Sports Authority Threatening to Take Municipal Landfill

by: Joseph Grather
29 Mar 2016
  The NJ Sports and Exposition Authority, which runs the Meadowlands’ Sports Complex; New Jersey’s horsetracks; and now the former New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (itself the successor to the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission); recently advised the Town of Kearny that it intends to seize the Keegan Landfill by eminent domain.  It appears that NJSEA has... Read More

Borough Underassesses Property for Years, Unable to Recoup with Omitted Assessment

by: Daniel Kim
21 Mar 2016
In a recent Tax Court decision, the Borough of Franklin Lakes’ attempt to raise an assessment from $12 million to $20 million by imposing an omitted assessment was denied by the court.  The subject property in dispute is located at 100 Sterling Drive in Franklin Lakes, and plaintiff had purchased the property back in 2007... Read More

State and Township Clash Over Property Tax Exemption

by: Daniel Kim
8 Mar 2016
The Tax Court of New Jersey recently issued a ruling resolving a property tax exempt dispute concerning approximately 400+ acres of land in Monroe Twp. purchased by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (“NJTA”).  As some may be aware, the NJTA has been involved in a project to widen and reconfigure a portion of the Turnpike from interchange... Read More

Tell the Truth and Nothing But the Truth, or Get Dismissed!

by: Daniel Kim
2 Mar 2016
We have emphasized many times on our blog about the importance of responding to the assessor’s annual request for income and expense information for income-producing properties, commonly referred to as a Chapter 91 request.  A property owner’s failure to respond is frequently cited as the basis for dismissal for many appeals involving income-producing properties.  However, usually any effort... Read More

Court Forces Plaintiff to Disclose Unconsummated Contract of Sale

by: Daniel Kim
17 Feb 2016
In Broadway-Somerset, LLC v. Twp. of Franklin, the parties were in dispute over the disclosure of an unconsummated contract for the sale of the subject property.  During the course of discovery in plaintiff’s 2015 tax appeal, plaintiff disclosed in its answers to Interrogatories that “[a] confidential contingent agreement to sell the property exists, but a... Read More

Tax Court Gives Cold Shoulder to Freeze Act Application.

by: Richard De Angelis
9 Feb 2016
  In a recent unpublished opinion, Newton West Ltd. v. Town of Newton, the Tax Court denied a motion for the application of the Freeze Act, N.J.S.A. 54:51A-8.  Under the Freeze Act, a judgment by the Tax Court is “conclusive upon the municipal assessor” for the year under appeal and the next two years immediately... Read More

Turning a “Blind Eye” to Property’s Actual Use Sinks Taxpayer’s Appeal

by: Daniel Kim
2 Feb 2016
The New Jersey Tax Court’s recent decision in Forsgate Ventures IX, LLC v. South Hackensack mirrored many aspects of the its earlier opinion in Clemente v. South Hackensack from 2013, and again reminded appraisers of the importance of the highest and best use analysis.  Forsgate challenged the assessments imposed by South Hackensack for tax years 2009, 2011,... Read More

Appraiser’s Lack of Support for Adjustments Once Again Dooms Taxpayer’s Appeal

by: Daniel Kim
27 Jan 2016
Despite presenting an expert witness at trial, another taxpayer failed to convince the NewJersey Tax Court that its property was over assessed.  In Arteaga v. Wyckoff, the taxpayer challenged the original assessments of a single-family home for tax years 2012, 2013, and 2015.  Wyckoff underwent a revaluation for tax year 2015.  The taxpayer filed appeals... Read More

Relevant Parcel Question on the U.S. Supreme Court Docket for 2016

by: Joseph Grather
19 Jan 2016
Last week, the Court granted a cert. petition, which presented the following question: “In a regulatory taking case, does the “parcel as a whole” concept as described in Penn Central Transportation Company v. City of New York, 438 U.S. 104, 130-31 (1978), establish a rule that two legally distinct, but commonly owned contiguous parcels, must... Read More

2016 ALI CLE Eminent Domain Conference Around the Corner

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
13 Jan 2016
This year’s version of the annual ALI CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Conference is just around the corner, and promises to be another good one.  The conference will be held in Austin, Texas, includes soup to nuts coverage of the hottest issues in eminent domain law from around the country, and offers prime networking... Read More