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Galloway Council Approves Reassessment for 2014 Tax Year

The reassessment aims to equalize all property values in the township.

Following a year in which there were more than 2,000 tax appeals, a tax reassessment is coming to Galloway Township.

The goal of the assessment is to put all homes in the township on equal footing when it comes to value, council said in approving the resolution unanimously at its meeting Tuesday night, Oct. 9. The reassessment would be conducted for the 2014 tax year.

A reassessment differs from a revaluation in that it is cheaper; residents don’t have to be home at the time of the assessment; and the inspectors don’t take inventory of the inside of residents’ homes.

According to Township Manager Arch Liston, the township is considering a reassessment because there’s no need to go through the whole process all over again. Galloway’s last revaluation was in 2009. That revaluation cost $1.2 million, according to Liston.

Tax Assessor David Jackson would conduct the reassessment in conjunction with a company to be selected by the township. A detailed RFP is currently available on the township’s website, and the deadline for submissions for the project is Oct. 22, 11 a.m.

“I’ve been through revals,” Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola said. “They’re invasive and you have to make sure you’re home at the time they show up, and if you’re not, you have to reschedule; this is much cleaner.”

“This will stabilize things across the board,” Township Manager Arch Liston said. “You’ll have an equalized value for all properties and it will minimize the tax appeals for 2014. It’s cheaper than a reval.”

Jim McElwee, the Democratic candidate for Galloway Council in November’s special election, submitted a Letter to the Editor on the subject of revaluations that was published on Galloway Patch on Sept. 25.

“A reassessment is good, it’s cheaper and it’s a better idea,” McElwee said following Tuesday’s meeting. “I first suggested this idea in a Letter to the Editor on Patch, and I’m glad they’re following up on that.”

During council’s conversation Tuesday night, Councilman Jim Gorman noted that Gloucester County is in charge of the reassessment process for every town in that county.

“They’ve eliminated local tax assessors,” Liston said. “Cumberland County is looking at doing, and it’s something Atlantic County will look at doing as well.”

Red October 10, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Thanks to McElwee for putting this out as an idea and glad to see that the township is going to act by doing a reassessment for the 2014 tax year. This will give the township a more realistic figure in regard to property values in the township and better handle on expected collected taxes without the mess that was created by the reval in 2009 which happened just as the housing market went bust and many homes that were totally overvalued in the marketplace fell back to a "real" value causing taxpayers to legitimately file tax appeals.
Nel October 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM
They voted this in to increase taxes in general because they have a 3 million dollar deficit. They lawyer bills the town council racked up are steadily climbing. And they want us to pay for them.
VTPat October 12, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I don't understand how this helps without raising taxes on some homeowners?? Sorry if I am just not getting it.
Kevin Dermanoski October 20, 2012 at 06:33 AM
For what purpose would the Township Manager want to elininate the position of Tax Assessor? The Tax Assessor is the sole person that Galloway citizens can meet and discuss in detail, the process of Tax AssessmeNt in Galloway. Would the Office of Township Manager be willing to assume the workload of the Office of Tax Assessor? The fact that other municipalities are considering eliminating the position of Tax Assessor is a baseless reason for doing so. I suggest that the Township Manager assume 1st hand the Tax Assessor"s duties and respnsibilities. Regardless of previous experiences in other municipalities, learning the duties of the Office of Tax Assesor in Galloway might be most insightful.
Kim Jordan April 26, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Totally outraged when I got the notice that they're reassessing us again after only 4 yrs., and after being grossly reassessed in 2009. I felt a little better upon reading the above as I learned that this is not the 2009 re-eval., rather a reassessment due to the complaints received. It almost sounds like this reassessment is in the homeowner's favor. I don't know. This website states that they will be reassessing the property and building without needing to inspect the inside of the home. However, the letter I received states that they will need access to the home. Which is true? Home inspections are so invasive. The last inspector that came to my home checked off inclusions of appliances on his list that don't even exist in my home, i.e. dishwasher. Should I have also pointed out to him that I have a non-functioning dryer, 2 out of 4 ceiling fans that don't work, and a 40 yr. old electric stove that only has one working burner. I'm afraid to even put a fresh coat of paint on my walls for fear of having to pay for this improvement through higher taxes. I thought home inspections we're to evaluate new "room" additions to a home, new 2nd bath, etc. If I was a slob or a hoarder, would that bring the market value of my building down? Am I being penalized for keeping a clean home?
Judy Doughty August 01, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Yep, got the same letter. Also a card tucked into my door to call for a home inspection. I called--the guy came into my home and the only thing he was interested in was whether I had central air and a basement. No, for either. He was in and out like a flash. Again, my taxes have gone up. Kudos to those of you who filed tax appeals. Should have done so myself. However, it's because of those successful tax appeals that property taxes have increased for many. For whatever reason, taxes in NJ will continue to climb.

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