New Jersey Real Estate Assessments Must Discount Remediation Costs As Against Entire Tax Parcel

December 19, 2013
MGKF Litigation Blog

In BASF v. Township of Toms River, No. 002155-2011 (N.J. Tax Court Dec. 5, 2013), the Court was asked to decide in advance of trial, the proper methodology for determining the assessed value of a large tract of land that had been designated as a Superfund Site, but which contained large portions of uncontaminated and developable land. While the Township sought to discount the value of only the polluted areas of the property, the owner contended that the pollution discount must be applied to the entire parcel. And that is exactly how the Court saw it.  Read the full blog post.