Monmouth Residents Riled by New Home Tax Assessment Program
Originally appeared on app.com

MONMOUTH-COUNTY-HOME-TAX-ASSESSMENTThe roughly $42,000 increase in Matt Fraley’s Hazlet home tax assessment left him shocked and dumbfounded.

It wasn’t just the number — almost 17 percent increase over last year’s assessment — but the basis for it.

“There hasn’t been any improvements in the area,” said Fraley, who has owned his home for 26 years, now valued at $294,000. ” How do you justify an increase?”

Across Monmouth County, a new way of assessing property values, the Assessment Demonstration Program or ADP, is leaving property owners either outraged over hefty assessment increases — or quietly celebrating a lower valuation.

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The pocketbook pain for many taxpayers could go substantially beyond the much-touted 2 percent property tax cap.

Tax bills are based on property values, also called assessments, and the goal of the new program is to make those numbers every year as close as possible to what a homeowner would be paid if the house was sold on the open market. As with any rejiggering of the tax roles, more will pay, well, more to make up for the lost revenue from others who win a tax cut.

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What impact the new assessment program will have on the local taxes of homeowners, though, is still up in the air. Towns are just now preparing their annual budgets. Any tax bill boosts won’t be seen until August or later.

While Monmouth County is experimenting with a new assessment, Ocean and 19 other counties operate are under the current system. That means homeowners who think their properties have been overpriced by the government have until April 1 to file an appeal with the county tax board. Residents in Lacey, Little Egg Harbor and Stafford — all towns going through local reassessments — have until May 1.

Visit www.DataUniverse.com for (a) “how to” guide on researching assessments to see if a tax appeal is the right course for you.

This is general information designed to help you put these valuable deductions on your radar. Patrick Parker Realty Agents and Realtors are not certified accountants. Please be sure to check with your tax adviser to see if you qualify for a particular credit or deduction.

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