2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 40A - MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES
Section 40A:12A-66 - Tax abatement within redevelopment area; special assessments.

40A:12A-66 Tax abatement within redevelopment area; special assessments.

3. a. A municipality that has designated a redevelopment area or a municipality in which a redevelopment project is undertaken by a State entity redeveloper pursuant to a State entity redevelopment agreement may provide for tax abatement within that redevelopment area and for payments in lieu of taxes in accordance with the provisions of P.L.1991, c.431 (C.40A:20-1 et seq.) and P.L.1991, c.441 (C.40A:21-1 et seq.); provided, however, that the provisions of section 12 of P.L.1991, c.431 (C.40A:20-12) establishing a minimum or maximum annual service charge and requiring staged increases in annual service charges over the term of the exemption period, and of section 13 of P.L.1991, c.431 (C.40A:20-13) permitting the relinquishment of status under that act, shall not apply to redevelopment projects financed with bonds.

b. A municipality in which a redevelopment project is undertaken by a State entity redeveloper pursuant to a State entity redevelopment agreement regarding real property that is or may be abated by applicable law may provide for a tax abatement within the redevelopment area and for payments in lieu of taxes pursuant to a financial agreement between the municipality and the State entity redeveloper receiving the benefits of P.L.2004, c.112 without regard to the limitations and other provisions of P.L.1991, c.431 (C.40A:20-1 et seq.).

c. In addition to, or in lieu of, the tax abatement provided for in subsection a. or b. of this section, the municipality may provide by ordinance for one or more special assessments within the redevelopment area in accordance with chapter 56 of Title 40 of the Revised Statutes, R.S.40:56-1 et seq., provided, however, that the provisions of R.S.40:56-35 shall be applied so that if any installment of a special assessment shall remain unpaid for 30 days after the time at which it shall become due, the municipality may provide, by ordinance, either that: (1) the whole assessment or balance due thereon shall become and be immediately due; or, (2) any subsequent installments which would not yet have become due except for the default shall be considered as not in default and that the lien for the installments not yet due shall continue; and provided, further, that the ordinance may require that the assessments be payable in quarterly, semi-annual or yearly installments, with legal interest thereon, over a period of years up to but in no event exceeding the period of years for which the bonds were issued, or for 30 years, whichever shall be less. In levying a special assessment on the lands or improvements, or both, located in the redevelopment area, the municipality may provide that the amount of the special assessment shall be a specific amount, not to exceed the cost of the improvements, paid with respect to property located in the redevelopment area. That specific amount shall, to the extent accepted by the owner of the property benefitted, be deemed the conferred benefit, in lieu of the amount being determined by the procedures otherwise applicable to determining the actual benefit conferred on the property. Special assessments levied pursuant to an ordinance adopted under this subsection shall constitute a municipal lien under R.S.40:56-33.

d. Upon adoption, a copy of the ordinance shall be filed for public inspection in the office of the municipal clerk, and there shall be published in a newspaper, published or circulating in the municipality, a notice stating the fact and the date of adoption and the place where the ordinance is filed and a summary of the contents of the ordinance. The notice shall state that any action or proceeding of any kind or nature in any court questioning the validity or proper authorization of the ordinance or the actions authorized to be taken as set forth in the ordinance shall be commenced within 20 days after the publication of the notice. If no action or proceeding questioning the validity of the ordinance providing for tax abatement, special assessments or other actions authorized by the ordinance shall be commenced or instituted within 20 days after the publication of the notice, the county and the school district and all other municipalities within the county and all residents and taxpayers and owners of property therein shall be forever barred and foreclosed from instituting or commencing any action or proceeding in any court questioning the validity or enforceability of the ordinance or the validity or enforceability of acts authorized under the ordinance, and the ordinance and acts authorized by the ordinance shall be conclusively deemed to be valid and enforceable in accordance with their terms and tenor.

L.2001,c.310,s.3; amended 2002, c.15, s.10; 2004, c.112. s.2.

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