BAYONNE, NJ - Reiterating a previous statement by Business Administrator Terrence Malloy to Bayonne property owners that “there are means to redress any errors made” in regard to the 2019 revaluation of property values, city officials offered a clarification Wednesday that the informal appeal process has been extended because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Given the State of Emergency, Governor Murphy has extended the time limit to file property tax appeals,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a press release. “Should you not agree with your assessment or have questions, you still have time to request an informal hearing or request a copy of detailed property card or inspection notes,” he said, adding that ASI property cards and inspection notes can be obtained by contacting the Tax Assessor's Office at (201) 858-6051 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new date to file an appeal is May 1.
While Bayonne City Hall remains closed to the public in efforts to encourage social distancing, the Tax Assessor continues to work, the statement advised. Formal appeal can be filed by clicking here or calling (201) 395-6260 and requesting that an application packet be sent to you.
Noting that about 35 percent of residential properties will see an increase, city officials have said the impact of the reval appears to be mostly positive, with many of the increased assessments being based on home improvements that increase the potential resale value of the house.
Malloy described that property owners who feel they have been over assessed have several options, including making an informal appeal with the company that assessed their property, especially as it relates to the weight of items such as a new kitchen, remodeled bathroom or other home improvement may have carried. Homeowners can also request a new inspection if the initial review contained a mistake, such as listing the wrong number of bathrooms.
Also speaking to the possibility of inaccurate assessment was Councilman Gary LaPelusa who said that situations such as those described by Malloy potentially arose on “properties where inspectors did not have access and did an estimate.”
Offering their assistance to residents were Board of Education Trustee Michael Alonso and longtime community activist Peter Franco who announced the launch of their own website this week where residents could submit their contact information in exchange for the two helping to gather the information from city hall.
“Before the coronavirus hit, homeowners were in the middle of dealing with the revaluation and now they are dealing with the most stressful situation ever.” Alonso said. “The faster we can get the information to residents the better and hopefully alleviate some financial anxiety.”
Without differentiating between what they are offering to do and what residents can do themselves by contacting the Tax Assessor’s Office as Davis suggested, Franco said that “City Hall and our neighbors have a tremendous amount on their plates right now. By streamlining the process it is one less thing our local government and homeowners have to worry about.”
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