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Fraternity’s creative arguments no match for Chapter 91

by: Richard De Angelis
4 May 2018
Perhaps not since Otter’s impassioned plea to keep Delta House from being kicked off campus in the 1978 classic movie, Animal House, has a fraternity presented such a creative argument.  Of course, in Gamma-Upsilon Alumni Ass’n of Kappa Sigma, Inc. v. City of New Brunswick, a recent published opinion of the New Jersey Tax Court, seasoned... Read More

Pro Se Redevelopment Challenges Unsuccessful in Union City

by: Joseph Grather
26 Feb 2018
Two recent Appellate Division cases rejected the arguments of a pro se party challenging Union City’s efforts to redevelop “blighted areas”.  Both cases are captioned Larry Price v. Union City.  The first opinion issued on December 21, 2017 and the second February 13, 2018. Links to the full text are below. Price v Union City... Read More

Will it be strike 3 for cost estimating software in the NJ Tax Court? Stay tuned.

by: Richard De Angelis
12 Feb 2018
In a recent decision, ML Plainsboro Ltd Partnership v. Township of Plainsboro, the Presiding Judge of the New Jersey Tax Court denied a taxpayer’s motion to strike the opinion of the municipality’s appraiser who relied upon cost estimating software to determine reproduction costs as part of a cost approach analysis.   While this would appear to... Read More

Two Different Taxpayers Prove Value and Score at Trial

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
6 Feb 2018
Two recent Tax Court valuation trials have resulted in favorable outcomes for the taxpayer.  First, in the trial of 416 Route 10 Associates v. East Hanover, plaintiff’s expert deliberately made no adjustments to his comparable leases in the expert’s income approach. Plaintiff’s expert reasoned that numerical adjustments simply led to more rigorous cross-examination so the... Read More

When it Comes to Farmland Exemption, You Can’t Have it Both Ways

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
8 Jan 2018
The Tax Court recently issued its opinion following trial in Sam. S. Russo v. Twp. of Plumsted.  The central issue at trial was whether plaintiff’s property met the statutory requirements for farmland assessment for tax year 2012.  In addition to income and acreage requirements, agricultural or horticultural use must be the dominant use of the... Read More

Redevelopment Designation Affirmed on Appeal

by: Joseph Grather
4 Dec 2017
A two-judge panel of the Appellate Division recently affirmed a decision of the Law Division (Ocean County) upholding a condemnation redevelopment designation in Tradewinds Marina, Inc. v. Borough of South Toms River (A-273-16T2) (unpublished opinion here).  In short, while the sole objecting property owner complained of some clear irregularities in the proceedings, the owner did... Read More

Stick to the Cost Approach When Valuing Nursing Homes

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
16 Nov 2017
In two recent decisions, the Tax Court addressed the proper valuation methodology in determining the market value of nursing/rehabilitation facilities.   In 962 River Ave., LLC v. Twp. of Lakewood, the property at issue was a 126-unit, 242-bed, skilled nursing facility that provides short-term rehabilitation services, long-term care, and specialty services for Huntington Disease.   Plaintiff filed a... Read More

Tax Court Disagrees with Board’s Dismissal, Denies Motion to Dismiss and Preserves Appeal

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
17 Oct 2017
Under N.J.S.A. 54:51A-1(c), the Tax Court is precluded from reviewing an appeal from the county board of taxation if the appeal to the board was either (1) withdrawn; (2) settled; (3) or dismissed for lack of prosecution.   Non-appearance by a taxpayer at a county board hearing will constitute as a failure to prosecute the appeal,... Read More

Township Ordered to Refund Property Owner that Paid Taxes by Mistake

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
10 Oct 2017
The Correction of Errors statute, N.J.S.A. 54:4-54, provides relief where a taxpayer has mistakenly paid the property taxes of another.  Under this statute, in Hanover Floral Co. v. East Hanover Twp., the plaintiff sought a refund of property taxes paid by mistake of property that was not their own.  By mistake of the Township’s Tax... Read More

Flawed Highest and Best Use Determination Cripples Taxpayer’s Case

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
5 Sep 2017
A valuation trial of a retail bank branch was recently heard before the Tax Court.  Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank v. Twp. of Mount Laurel involved a one-story retail bank branch that is owner-occupied.  The history of the subject property was relevant to plaintiff’s valuation analysis.   Approximately 20 years ago, Rt. 38 was widened from four lanes... Read More