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Man Who Fled Newark Bank Robbery in a Taxi Pleads Guilty
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
NEWARK, NJ—An Essex County man who left the scene of the crime by hailing a cab admitted today to robbing the New York Community Bank in Newark,... Read More...
IMAGE Atlantic Highlands Front Porch Club Celebrates 10 Years of Chilifest
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. The Atlantic Highlands Front Porch Club hosted its 10th Annual Chilifest on Saturday, September 27 at the historic... Read More...
Lecture/Art Demonstration October 15 at Monmouth Beach Cultural Center
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
MONMOUTH BEACH, NJ - The Art Society of Monmouth County presents an art demonstration/lecture on Wednesday, 10/15, 11am at the Monmouth Beach... Read More...
March of Dimes Hosts Annual Signature Chefs Auction
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
SAYREVILLE, NJ –One of Central Jersey’s most popular annual food and wine charity events, the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, will return... Read More...
Volunteers Needed for 2014 Middletown Township Police Department Domestic Violence Response Team
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Township Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on the Middletown Domestic Violence Response... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE The Fast Changing World
by George Hancock-Stefan
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Sometime last year, I shopped at one of the large stores in the Monmouth Mall.  I bought a suit and the gentleman selling me the suit was so... Read More...
IMAGE What’s Living in Raritan-Sandy Hook Bays?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 28 September 2014
On Sunday, September 28, volunteers with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, an all-volunteer environmental group dedicated to restoring Raritan... Read More...
IMAGE Wakefield Gets SA Chapters Running
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 27 September 2014
My featured person this week, Margery Wakefield, of Lansing, Michigan, has had lifelong struggles with schizophrenia, a mental health disability. For... Read More...
IMAGE Life in the Tidelines near NY Harbor
by Joe Reynolds
Thursday, 25 September 2014
There’s a nor’easter heading our way, but the other day it was sunny, calm, and lovely out. Trying to take advantage of the pleasant weather... Read More...
IMAGE Climate-change Campaign’s Dark Side
by Woody Zimmerman
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Global Warming is a “new kind of morality,” said British Channel 4’s 2007 documentary, “The Great Global Warming Swindle.” The dark side of... 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.