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Posted on: July 28, 2021

[ARCHIVED] The 2021 Tax Rate is 2.957

2021 FINAL TAX RATE 2.957

To Our Residents,

On July 14, 2021, the County Tax Administrator provided the final approved tax rate to be used for calculating the 2021 property taxes. The new rate is 2.957.  This new rate is a decrease of .192 from the 2020 rate of 3.149. 

In 2021, the value of the average home in Manville is $264,923.  Based on the final tax rates, the average homeowner in Manville will pay approximately $7,834 in total property taxes.  Of this amount, $2,587 will go to the municipality to provide the services that you, the resident, benefit from including police protection, infrastructure maintenance, garbage collection, recreational programming and many other services; $4,193 will go to the School District to educate our future leaders; the remaining $1,054 will go to the County.

The chart below presents the total taxes (in dollars) to be raised by each governmental body in 2021.  The school district accounts for 54.10% of the total taxes raised, while the municipal tax accounts for 32.98%, Somerset County taxes make up the remaining 12.92% of the total taxes to be raised.

The 2021 tax rate has decreased due to the overall increase in residential home values. Your property tax increase can be attributed to the following factors: the percentage increase in the assessed value of one’s home, the increased Somerset County tax levy of $197,317, an increase in our municipal tax levy of $112, 539 due to a significant increase in pension expenses of $135,000. Any decrease in taxes can be attributed to the stabilization of your property’s assessed value as compared to the 2020 assessed value of your property. There was no increase in the school tax levy from the previous year.  


Messages of Note


The Borough of Manville entered into an annual re-assessment program in 2017. This program considers the current real estate market and updates the assessed values of all properties in the Borough each year. Maintaining the annual program also eliminates the need for a costly full re-valuation program every 10 to 15 years.  This program has been successfully implemented in 15 other Somerset County municipalities and has shown greater accuracy of assessments which ensures a fair and equitable distribution of taxation across the town.

A condition of the re-assessment program is that an inspection of every Borough property occur once every five years. This translates into a 20% requirement annually.  Commencing in 2017, the Borough began inspecting properties in the areas commonly known as the Claremont and Lost Valley sections, representing the first 20%.  In 2018, the Borough hired inspectors from a revaluation firm, Appraisal Systems Inc., to complete the inspections of the next 20% of the properties in the North Side section of the Borough.  For 2021, Appraisal Systems Inc. will continue completing inspections in the same manner as 2018, 2019 & 2020.  A letter explaining the process will be sent to the property owners in this year’s areas.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Assessor’s office at 908-725-9478, Ext. 109.


Please make sure your sump pump discharges properly outdoors and not into the city’s sanitary sewer system.  This practice is illegal in most cities, townships, and boroughs.  Illegal hook ups can lead to hundreds of gallons of extra flow, which can increase backups and ultimately increases the cost for sewerage treatment.  Down spouts from your house should not be tied into the sanitary sewer system for the same reasons.  Water should be discharged to the street or to the storm water system.

The Storm water catch basin system and the sanitary sewer collection system are two separate infrastructures.  The storm water catch basin system, which are grates along the roadway curb lines, collects rainwater and directs it to the waterways through catch basins and outfalls.  The Sanitary Sewer Collection System, which begin as sewer lines from your home to the main sewer lines and manholes, transfers sewer waste water to the treatment plant.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the DPW at 908-725-5512



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