North Bergen will soon begin its property tax revaluation, which has been in the early phases for months. Due to a directive from the state of New Jersey and the Hudson County Board of Taxation, the township will soon begin a mandatory property tax revaluation process to accurately assess the value of all properties.
In November, the Board of Commissioners voted to adopt an ordinance that began a tax revaluation of all properties. It authorized a special emergency appropriation of $900,000 for the preparation and execution of the revaluation.
At its December meeting, the board voted to award the contract for the reval to Appraisal Systems, Inc. (ASI) for $995,000. ASI conducted revals in Jersey City in 2018, and Bayonne in 2020.
“Ensuring that all properties in North Bergen are paying their fair share in taxes is an important goal, and we will be working hard throughout this process to answer any questions residents have and to ensure that these assessments are done fairly and accurately,” said Robert Brescia, Executive Vice President of ASI.
Homeowners, rental property owners and commercial landlords will soon receive a bilingual letter from ASI, outlining the process. According to the township, the tax revaluation process does not change the total amount of tax raised by the township but rather ensures that this amount is fairly distributed among all properties based on their true market value.
Representatives from ASI will hold a series of Zoom webinars where residents can watch a presentation about the process and ask questions. The first Zoom webinar will take place on Thursday, May 6 at 6p.m. Login information will be available soon at northbergen.org. Additional webinars will be announced in the coming months.
The first step is for representatives from ASI to complete inspections of all properties. Inspectors will carry valid identification and will be pre-registered with the Township Clerk’s office and the North Bergen Police Department.
Inspectors will wear personal protective equipment and follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. Video conferencing options will be available for residents who prefer to use that method for property inspections.
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