The Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously this month to approve a contract award with BRT Technologies LLC. for automated data processing services.
The contract, valued at a maximum of $329,940, will provide property tax assessment software to benefit the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation and 26 municipal tax assessor’s offices.
Commissioner John Lanza, who also serves as the liaison to the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation, expressed his support for the contract.
“The Hunterdon County Board of Taxation oversees the assessment of real property within the county, which in 2023 is valued at $25.16 billion dollars. This contract with BRT will help establish strategic integration, using updated software to allow municipalities throughout Hunterdon to better communicate among its various offices, which will ultimately lead to improved services for residents and increased office efficiency,” Lanza said.
Hunterdon County Tax Assessor Tony Porto emphasized the extended benefits of the BRT Technologies contract, noting that the cost of services will decrease by 4.3 percent in the first year. Over the three-year contract period, the cost will increase by 2.1 percent, with an average annual increase of 0.7 percent—a rate significantly lower than the rate of inflation.
Porto also noted the software update will enhance the daily functions of the county tax assessor’s office.
The contract with BRT Technologies includes shared services for the municipalities, with the county government covering the cost of annual notice of assessment postcards for the municipalities, as well as the tax software in the tax assessor’s office of each municipality.
BRT Technologies, a software development firm based in New Jersey, boasts a team of industry-leading software engineers and certified tax assessors. With a combined experience of over 150 years in tax assessment, BRT’s products and services are currently utilized in various counties throughout New Jersey, according to a statement from the Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners.