BAYONNE, NJ -Citing mistakes in how some homes had tax amounts assigned to them as part of the recent citywide reassessment, the Bayonne City Council acted Wednesday to file tax appeals on behalf of impacted homeowners. The initial deadline to file an appeal was extended to May 1 as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

To date, about 100 properties are affected, but this number could grow to 200 to 250 as the appeal process moves forward, said Law Director Jay Coffey.

The effort is designed to "correct errors that might affect assessed values,” Coffey said, clarifying that by mistakes he was referring to “things that might have been assumed when inspectors could not gain access” to a home.

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“We want to make certain the property cards are correct,” he said, adding that appeals would be filed where there would be a “tangible impact” to the assessment.

While the majority of local property owners saw their assessments go down or stay the same as a result of the 2019 reevaluation of assessments, about 35 percent of residential properties were due for an increase. Final tax amounts have also been delayed as the budget process at all levels of government, including the county and school district that also impact tax bills, have slowed as officials continue to grapple with the impact of coronavirus.

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