MAPLEWOOD, NJ - At Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting the Maplewood Township Committee along with representatives of Appraisal Systems Incorporated (ASI), gathered to discuss property tax obligations of homeowners recently reassessed.

Town officials have also offered a new outlet of communication that allows the at home audience to interact at the meeting via broadcast on Comcast Channel 35. “In this meeting, we have done something we have never done before,” says Mayor Victor De Luca. The new outlet of interaction will ensure communication between resident and officials.

The meeting began with an overview of what to expect in the next calendar year for property owners and the differences between a reassessment and a revaluation.

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“The town had a revaluation in 2010 and some resulted in inconsistent values, you need to make sure the value fits the sales data,” said a Maplewood resident of 38 years.

“We are absolutely not perfect, but are totally committed to preventing inaccuracies, said Jason Cohen, ASI representative who expects a smoother process and an earlier appeal date. Cohen reassured that the turbulent market values have changed and now must reflect what the properties are worth.

“ASI has an excellent reputation with other towns in New Jersey, the relationship with homeowner and firm is strong,” said Township Administrator, Joseph F. Manning.

Once the new values are established by the neighborhood map they will be posted on the website, mid to late November when property tax letters are mailed in November. For those who want to obtain more information of the procedural steps ahead, they can visit the ASI website at www.ASINJ.com and are free to contact a representative at (973)762-8120.

Earlier last evening, Committeeman Marlon K. Brownlee, head of public safety and communications for the town presented Carl W. Kling, Jr., Deputy Chief of Maplewood Fire Department, with a proclamation to commemorate Fire Prevention Week, which will be held October 7-13th 2012.