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Reassessment Expected to Begin in Spring

However, Cinnaminson has yet to receive any RFPs, just a week week away from the deadline.

The township wants to commence reassessment this spring, but has yet to hear from prospective firms just a week away from the request for proposal (RFP) deadline.

Assessor Dennis DeKlerk said the township published the RFPs at the end of last month, with a deadline of Feb. 28. But as of Tuesday, none had been submitted.

“I’m a little concerned because we haven’t had any response yet,” said DeKlerk.

The tentative timetable for reassessment is to award a contract in March or April, with the field work beginning around May. But if no proposals are received by the deadline, DeKlerk said Cinnaminson officials will have to republish.

According to the assessor, many municipalities in the state are undergoing reassessments and revaluations, limiting the pool of available firms. Moorestown, where DeKlerk is also the tax assessor, experienced a similar problem last year, when only one firm submitted a proposal.

Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti was less concerned about the lack of response, saying, “A lot of times these things come in very late.”

The township has lost roughly $600,000 in uncollected taxes over the last few years due to appeals, according to DeKlerk, a number he previously called “unprecedented.”

Cinnaminson’s last revaluation was performed in 2007—just before the housing market tanked—and the new values kicked in the following year, right when the bubble burst.

The county mandated the township perform the reassessment, but more importantly, Minniti said, “It’s the right thing to do.”

The reassessment is expected to cost an estimated $200,000, but because of the county mandate the township can spread the cost over a multi-year period. The new values would take effect in 2014.

Fred February 20, 2013 at 02:14 PM
I hate to leave a negative comment but this is one of those things that gets to me. The state needs to reevaluate how they calculate property taxes. It seems these assessments become outdated the day after they are done. There has to be a better way
Phil February 20, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I agree Fred. They're outdated, either too high or too low, the moment they are completed.
Billy Pilgrim February 20, 2013 at 04:22 PM
I would like to see the property tax redone so as to only take into consideration the type of property and the square footage. That way there would not be a tax increase on those households that choose to improve their home. I suppose that empty lots might need to be taxed less than lots with an improvement on them, but I'm sure that there is a way to hash that out. It just doesn't seem fair that homes in disrepair and without TLC are "rewarded" by a lower valuation.
Fred February 20, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Billy, that's what I have been saying...use the size of land and size of structure... Nothing else....
CK February 20, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Does anyone know if they will just use the data that was collected when the reevaluation took place or will they be doing home inspections all over again?
Fred February 20, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I don't know for sure but for 200k, I'm guessing they are not going out to everyone's house
Lauren Burgoon February 20, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Right now it appears the process will go like this: They'll use the 2007 results as a guide. If the house is basically the same, they won't be going into houses, just check from the outside. If there have been changes, they'll inspect, as long as people let them in. Then they'll analyze home sales in the area of similar properties and come up with a number.
Billy Pilgrim February 20, 2013 at 07:32 PM
With the reassessment coming, no doubt an increase in millage is looming. Would there be any way the town could raise the millage more than 2%? Or am I misinterpreting the Cap Law?
Phil February 20, 2013 at 08:00 PM
I don't think the 2% applies to millage, it's for the levy itself. However, I do think there's a cap on millage but I'm not 100% sure what it is, but 5% sticks in my mind though.
Billy Pilgrim February 20, 2013 at 08:18 PM
I was a little confused, so that seems to make more sense. Thanks.
John February 20, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Yes, so am I, what is millage???? I never heard of that before sorry thanks...
noyb February 21, 2013 at 01:23 AM
I agree with Fred... using market value as a basis for property taxes is what made this big mess. They should use things like sq footage, number of bed/baths, land size ect... I think the biggest problem is that they reassesed in 07 which was the height of the inflated housing market. It only had one way to go. Poor decision making then is costing them now. Here we are 5 years later and they have to do it again because its sooo far out of reality again. If they just did what Fred said it wouldnt be that far off. Curious as to what will happen to people who filed an appeal for this year? I just filled an appeal myself. I assume the county will throw them all out the window (so to speak) and wait for the reassement to be done. I couldnt stand by watching my neighbors pay 1500 less than my taxes while having a larger house with more land. Just didnt make sense to do nothing.
Barb Rivera February 21, 2013 at 02:32 AM
It's not costing them, it's costing us! We pay for the their mistakes!
Barb Rivera February 21, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Also there are 3 areas of town that flood often. We should not be assessed equal to a home that doesn't flood.
Benyamin February 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM
They need to stop the flood of tax appeals so they reassess homes at closer to current market values and then adjust the current tax rate up to make up for the shortfall created by the appeals. But don't forget THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE gave away thousands in potential property tax revenue to the school system and Fire Department when they allowed a KILOT PROGRAM at the Shoppes at Cinnaminson....KILOT= KICKBACKS IN LIEU OF TAXES.
Phil February 21, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Millage is the tax rate, the $1.53 per $1,000 assessed value. They determine millage by assessed values/levy for the rate (roughly speaking). Cap is on the levy itself, not the rate from everything I've read within the law itself.
Bull Pitt February 21, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Maybe with the re-assessment, the Riverton Country Club, Sea-Box, and several other "special" businesses can pay their fair share again. I do agree with many people on here, that those who pay or work to improve their homes, then must pay AGAIN in taxes, while the neighbor who let's their property go to hell saves money! A simple formula would be easy to do involving property, square footage, # of rooms, hazards (flood, high tension wires, location, etc), but that's not the government way. Those who re-assessed last year, like me, basically had a 1 year tax break, and after this years re-assessment, ours will go back up to level the table again. Those who did not re-assess and think the new re-assessment will lower their taxes dramatically are sadly mistaken. It's just to get the money back from those who already re-assessed.
Ed and Michelle Coyle February 21, 2013 at 05:18 PM
My neighbors have more property than me, but looking at the tax records, their land was valued at less than mine. We have a small plot and we are paying more for it than my neighbors. I don't want to see their rates go up, but I do think mine should come down.
John February 21, 2013 at 05:23 PM
@Bull Pitt, thats just great, so with a re-assessment they will gain more cash to spend at a new rate based on what is market conditions, just have to love this system....No wonder this state is the worst state of the 50 for operations....Oh well thats life it stinks
Billy Pilgrim February 21, 2013 at 06:36 PM
This is where this section in Patch is outstanding. We have a heads up that this reassessment is coming. I'm not sure in times past that residents have had such good information passed along to us. It's not the town's fault, they do what is required of them. Patch has been great for bringing us this information, Thank you for that. Now we as residents have a good opportunity to voice our opinions about the property taxes to the town. Attend the meetings, send letters, phone calls. Let's let the people that can make change happen know our feelings. If they listen, excellent, if they don't, elections are always around the corner.
noyb February 21, 2013 at 06:45 PM
thats the purpose of a reassement. lets just say there are 100 homes and each pays $1 in property tax, the township has $100 in their budget. Well 25 of those homes file an appeal with the county and get their property taxes reduced to $0.50. Well the township suddenly now has $12.50 less money to work with. If they reasses they put everyone back on a level paying field. The ratio will no longer be the same but they will get the lost revenu back. If done correctly it works. The big flaw in the system or idea is that its somewhat based on "market value" If the value in the town drastically drops you have a bunch of unhappy campers. PittBull is right those who filed appeals and won are basically getting a 1 or 2 year tax break. They will have to pay their share again after the reassement. Now thats may not be 100% true in all cases but in general it will be true. I agree the system is broken it should be based on things already stated. But thats not a decision the township can make, ( I dont think ) its somehting on a much larger government level. Maybe county or state level.
Lauren Burgoon February 22, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Thanks for the kind words - our goal is always to bring you the news you need about your town. Thanks for reading.
if u only knew February 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM
lauren. i have a appointment set up next week to appeal my taxes should i wait till the new assesment is done?
if u only knew February 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM
i agree with noyb my neighbor pays 2000 lessn then me for the exact house.guess he appealed and won .
noyb February 22, 2013 at 04:27 PM
yup they sure did... its not hard to win all you have to do is file the paperwork and you get a tax cut the assements are sooooo far off they cant overthrow your appeal. Now that they are reassing your neighbor will probably go back up. But that doesnt mean yours will go down, depends on how the details all shake out.
John February 22, 2013 at 05:03 PM
@Billy, yes the patch does a great job of informing the people of events....I just like to say that people are always making comments that are not dealing with the subject at hand at times and when people do make comments some people react in a way thats not proper...Its amazing that our township has to be told that our market values are under the assessments....oh well, thats life I guess....
Billy Pilgrim February 23, 2013 at 12:19 AM
@John, I think the town is hot to trot to get this reassessment done. If you think that the lowering of the value of your property because of the reassessment is going to lower you property taxes than you have another thing coming to you. The property value will go down, the tax rate will go up to match the current tax dollars collected. The town gets to say that taxes weren't raised because hey, I'm paying the same, right? Then when the value of your house goes up, you will be paying much more.
John Bull February 24, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Costs money to appeal, no?
noyb February 24, 2013 at 02:52 PM
yes cost money to appeal but very little. Under 500k its $25 to appeal. Or if you hire someone to do it for you will be more. Again I just filed mine but not sure whats going to happen now that they are going to do a reassessment.
Unbelievable February 24, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Thanks patch for the heads up; just started looking at patch but wasn't to pleased with some articles but ones like this is worth the read!

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