Our vision is to have all real property within the County of Essex fairly and equitably assessed utilizing the most accurate, uniform and objective methods available. We will strive at all times to assist property owners/taxpayers of Essex County in a courteous, timely and professional manner. The Tax Board is committed to empowering its employees and local tax assessors by supporting continuing education and integrating the use of modern technology into our everyday work environment.
Our mission is to:
The county tax administrator, under supervision of the county board of taxation, is responsible for the administrative functions of the tax board. Some of the major duties of this full time position include:
“The county boards of taxation were established to supervise municipal tax assessors, equalize assessments of municipalities for the fair apportionment of county taxes, provide for revision and review of assessments, and enforcement of the laws and guidelines for property tax assessment. County boards of taxation are creatures of the legislature and have such power as conferred upon them by statute or by an implication therefrom.”
Each commissioner in Essex County is appointed to a five (5) year term by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.
The tax board reorganizes every May 1st at which time a President of the board is selected from among its members and serves for a one (1) year term. The president presides over meetings, acts as the presiding commissioner at appeal hearings and is responsible for the annual report of the board which outlines the disposition of appeals.