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Hazlet: What's a Revaluation?

Here's a handy primer explaining the process that tries to more fairly distribute the tax burden in a municipality.

Last year, Hazlet was ordered by the Monmouth County Board of Taxation to establish current market value as a basis for their tax assessments.

Under a township-wide revaluation, homes and businesses are inspected for their comparable assessed worth in an effort to more fairly distribute the tax burden. Local government and school tax levies are comprised of tax points, which are literally every cent a resident pays in property taxes per $100 in assessed value.

While some residents may see their assessments and consequently their tax bills increase under a borough-wide revaluation, the process is intended to correct inequities in the tax base that may develop over time.

According to the appraisal firm, as of Jan. 1, 2013, the revaluation process was completed in Hazlet with the exception of tax payer hearings and the appraisals have been submitted for review. 

Check out the attached "What Is Revaluation?" guide that details the appraisal process as well as how to file an appeal.

Kevin Matejka February 09, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Martin, income taxes should be based on your income and property taxes should be based on your property value. With your argument, an individual with a high income living in an apartment should pay high property taxes? I define in this case skyhigh to mean unreasonably too high. No, the best way to manage government is not to give it less money, but to manage the money it has better. I find it funny you are concerned about making corruption profitable. Also,because I believe it reasonable for all citizens to pay their fair share (residents of a trailer park paying towards their childs education) you compare that to a bank robber. Explain to me why the Hazlet Pool Club which is supposed to be run as a separate self sustaining business supported by member fees has the Hazlet Public Works Dept painting and taking care of lawn maintenance at the facility. Is that a wise use of township taxes? A number of years ago, Hazlet stopped picking up recycling every 2 weeks, and no picks up every 3 weeks. What have they done with the extra 17 weeks of labor? Was there any cost savings to Hazlet residents? Your answer seems to be to just increase income taxes and this will lower property taxes. History shows all this will do is give municipal governments more money to waste, and our property taxes will still increase as they have always.
Kevin Matejka February 09, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Peabody, I could not agree more.
Martin B. Brilliant February 09, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Kevin, let's try to get back to the basics. While you say people who live in trailer parks don't pay their fair share, I say people with six figure incomes don't pay their fair share. I would estimate that more tax money would be raised by increasing the income tax on six figure incomes by one percentage point than by classifying trailers as homes instead of vehicles. I would say let's do both: increase the income tax rate and tax mobile homes as residence property. But you argue that the money would only be wasted, so don't bother. Your plan is, and I quote, "to manage the money it [the government] has better." That brings us to the hard part. You want me to explain why your municipality, or even mine, does this and doesn't do that. I can't. But if you want better municipal money management, either you have to explain it, or you have to elect somebody who can explain it. Until that happens, you want neither to raise taxes or lower taxes, regardless of the real needs of government. But until you show me how to make that happen, we will disagree.
Kevin Matejka February 09, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Martin, we have gotten way off base. I was citing examples of waste and inequity in our municipal government and taxes. I don't have it out for trailer park residents. I think you one of a very few who live in NJ who believe our property taxes are way too high. But you are entitled to your opinion. I have cited examples of what needs to be done to help lower our taxes.. There are too many people entrenched within municipal government to allow it to happen. Do you not believe the towns of Hazlet, Keyport, Union Beach & Keansburg could combine services at a substantial tax savings? But it will never happen. . You can keep throwing money at the problem, sooner or later there is just not enough money. Increasing the state income tax by 1% for those earning over 100K will not solve the problem. Also, these residents generally have more expensive homes and thus pay greater property taxes than those with with lower incomes generally have more moderate homes with lower property taxes. It is frustrating when your municipality's idea of saving money is to close the municipal bldg on Fridays. As Peabody stated this is just a way of serving the good of a handful at the expense of an entire township. With thinking like this do you really believe the town council will take any real action to control costs and eliminate waste? I do not. Just giving them more tax revenue is not the answer in my opinion. However, I respect your opinion it does, although I don't agree.
Martin B. Brilliant February 09, 2013 at 08:43 PM
I'm afraid I have to agree with you, Kevin. Whatever has to be done to get better government, it will never happen.


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