Mandated Reassessment in Surf City to Be Conducted In-House

Jul 11, 2018

Surf City borough officials have been ordered by the county and state officials to conduct a reassessment of property taxes that will impact the 2019 tax year.

“The reassessment will be done in house,” Mayor Francis Hodgson said during last month’s meet-with-the-mayor session for the Surf City Taxpayer Association.

The expected price tag for the mandate is $110,000, according to the mayor. The reassessment will be conducted by borough Tax Assessor Walter R. Higgins and M&M Assessment Services, he said.

“The revaluation will ensure uniform and equitable assessments throughout the municipality and account for the recent changes in the real estate market,” Higgins, borough tax assessor, said in a June 19 letter to property owners. Higgins said the first step in the reassessment process is to examine every property in the borough, including measuring the exterior of the buildings. If changes have occurred, the buildings, he said, will be photographed. To perform a proper reassessment, an inspector needs to examine the interior of each building.

“The first visit from an inspector will be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,” Higgins said. “If the property owner isn’t present, the inspector will leave a letter indicating where to call to schedule an appointment for an interior inspection.”

Field inspectors will have a photo identification card, and their names will be registered with the police department and the borough, he said.

“Please do not allow anyone to enter your home without proper identification,” Higgins cautioned in his letter, noting the property owner is required to sign a field form presented by the inspector to acknowledge the inspection occurred.

New property values are based on the estimated market value as of Oct. 1, according to Higgins. That is the statutory date required by law, he said.

“Property owners will be notified by mail of their proposed new assessed values,” Higgins said.

All inquiries about the field visit or reassessment process should be directed to the borough. General information regarding the process can be found at the Ocean County Board of Taxation website

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