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IMAGE Highlands Police Report - December 27, 2014
Saturday, 27 December 2014
HIGHLANDS, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Highlands Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 11/01/14 1:09AM Brian K. Krytofik 39 Highlands was arrested outside Windansea for... Read More...
Middletown to Help Connect Residents with Faith-Based Initiatives
Saturday, 27 December 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Township Committee has made a commitment to directly connect residents in need with local charitable organizations that can lend a helping hand. They cemented that commitment with a resolution adopted at the December... Read More...
IMAGE American Littoral Society Hosts "Lunch n' Learn" Series
Saturday, 27 December 2014
ASBURY PARK, NJ - Join American Littoral Society for our Lunch n' Learn series, beginning at noon on the first Saturday of each month, January through March, at Langosta Lounge, located on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Each lunch event will include a... Read More...
IMAGE Project R.E.A.L. Keeping Vigilant on HIV/AIDS
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Photo: On World AIDS Day, Tank Teachworth and Eric Wurthrick of Project R.E.A.L. acquainted members of the RBR GSA club with the Asbury Park drop-in safe social space for LGBTQ youth and their allies.   Little Silver, NJ - Coordinators of the... Read More...
IMAGE Start January 2015 at Middletown Library
Saturday, 27 December 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Start the year off right with fun for all ages @ the Middletown Library in JANUARY! Programs at the Library January 1st – 10th Simply Storytime – Mon, Jan 5th@ 10:30am (all ages) Kid’s Playgroup – Tues, Jan 6th @ 10:30am... Read More...

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IMAGE Proxy Visits
by George Hancock-Stefan
Saturday, 27 December 2014
In the Christmas carol, “We Three Kings of Orient Are”, we are told of the long and perilous journey the Magi undertook in order to come and... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 27, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Want to know how to win $1M in a Pillsbury Bake-Off?  Use 4 ingredients: http://huff.to/16H6ewk If you’re hungry don't click on this 3-burger... Read More...
IMAGE Wife Tells of Husband's ALS Struggles
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Recently, I featured Todd Neva of Hancock, Michigan, who has been battling amyotropic lateral sclerosis (or ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease)... Read More...
IMAGE Review - The Imitation Game
by David Prown
Saturday, 27 December 2014
It is almost a rite of passage to go to see a new release movie on Christmas Day. If you asked me 4 weeks ago, it seemed like there was going to be... Read More...
IMAGE Seasonal Lessons from a Golden Book
by Anne Mikolay
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Every year I struggle with Christmas madness...the rushing about, the commercialism, the hypocrisy of good will toward men in an often cruel,... Read More...

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FREEHOLD, NJ - County property owners whose property suffered “material damage” as a direct result of superstorm Sandy may qualify for a reduction of their property assessment for 2013.

“Unfortunately, many residents have been severely impacted by this storm and have suffered great damage to their homes and properties,” said Freeholder Gary J. Rich, Sr., liaison to the Monmouth County Tax Board. “I encourage property owners who have suffered damages to take advantage of this opportunity for a tax assessment adjustment and contact their assessor or submit an inspection request on the County website’s Disaster Recovery Portal as soon as possible, but no later than Jan. 10, 2013.”

Normally, all properties are valued in the condition in which they existed on Oct. 1 of the pre-tax year, or as of Oct. 1, 2012, for the upcoming 2013 tax year. An exception to this law applies when a property suffers “material damage” such as a major fire or other significant damage after Oct. 1 and before Jan. 1. In such circumstances, the property owner would be required to notify the tax assessor of their town in writing, prior to Jan. 10, 2013, in order to receive an assessment adjustment.

However, in the case of superstorm Sandy, the State of New Jersey has given assessors instructions to actively seek out property owners who may have difficulty providing this notice due to hardship associated with the storm.

While written notice is still required, the local assessor, with the aid of a temporary inspection staff authorized by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Commissioners of the Monmouth County Board of Taxation, will identify eligible properties and, after examination, apply an adjustment for those properties which have been extensively damaged, left uninhabitable or totally destroyed. This is being done in recognition of the extreme hardship placed upon some property owners who have lost their homes or temporarily are unable to occupy their homes.

It is important for a property owner who has suffered significant damage to write or email the municipal assessor with specific information that includes property owners name, address, block and lot numbers and the existence of damages suffered due to this storm.

“This request should be made as soon as possible, but no later than Jan. 10, 2013.  To aid taxpayers in this process Monmouth County has established a Disaster Recovery Portal where taxpayers may submit their request for inspection. The website is found on the County’s Open Public Records website: http://oprs.co.monmouth.nj.us/oprs/index.aspx

If you will complete repairs by Jan. 1, 2013, you do not need to contact the assessor, as no adjustment should be made under such a circumstance. However, if you will continue to have a significantly damaged property beyond Jan. 1, you should submit notice to your assessor.  Residents should bear in mind that any property receiving a damage adjustment will be subject to an added assessment once the repairs are completed.

If you have any questions on this issue, you may contact your local tax assessor at your municipal offices.  You also may contact the office of the Monmouth County Tax Board at 732-431-7401.