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Reassessment Contract Approved in Cinnaminson

Township has lost more than $1.5 million in revenue over the last three years because of lost tax appeals.

Township committee approved a contract for $194,000 Monday with Delran-based Professional Property Appraisers (PPA), who could begin the process of reassessing Cinnaminson as early as the beginning of May.

Committee unanimously OKed the contract after the township has seen revenues slip away dramatically the last few years due to lost tax appeals. According to tax assessor Dennis DeKlerk, the township lost more than $1.6 million in tax revenue through appeals from 2010 to 2012, with 2011 ($695,000) and 2012 ($660,000) representing the "high water mark."

Cinnaminson isn't alone. Several communities in Burlington County have undergone reassessments in the last few years—since the housing market tanked—most notably the township's neighbor, Moorestown, which just had its reassessment completed by Appraisal Systems Inc. (ASI).

ASI was the only other firm to submit a proposal for Cinnaminson's reassessment.

As with Moorestown, the reassessment that will be done by PPA here will be less intensive than the revaluation conducted in 2007, DeKlerk said. The firm won't actually be entering homes unless the property has changed since the previous revaluation.

According to DeKlerk, the township's ratable base is currently $1.9 billion, with residential properties accounting for roughly $1.6 billion. The results of Moorestown's reassessment showed its ratable base ($4.7 billion in 2008) dropped by more than $800,000,000 over the last five years. 

DeKlerk said the township also has the ability to prevent further instability in the tax base if it chooses to reinspect 20 percent of the properties each year, over a five-year period. 

"Committee would have to authorize it for it to even be considered," he said. 

Mayor Ben Young said PPA's bid came in well below what the township had budgeted for the reassessment, $250,000. Solicitor John Gillespie previously stated the township would be able to spread the cost over five years.

DeKlerk anticipates PPA's appraisers will hit the ground within the next couple of months. The new values would take effect in 2014. 

Get a Life March 20, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Before everybody jumps on the Bandwagon of "Oh here we go my Taxes are going up" Here's some food for thought. When an assessment happens all the township is doing is redistributing the tax base so that everybody is paying their fair share. If the Township was collecting lets say 15 Million in Taxes before the reassessment (and all the recent Appeals) they will continue to collect 15 Million after the reassessment. With that being said, their are some who will pay more and some who pay less. You never hear about those who end up paying less. The Key to your taxes going up or down will be dependent upon whether or not your home value dropped greater then the township average. If you look at the example of Moorestown above, The Township ratables dropped 17%. If your value dropped greater than 17% then you should have seen a decrease in the amount of taxes you owe. If your value dropped less than 17% then you will see your taxes increase. To me its a matter of whats fair.
John March 20, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Well lets see now, seeing how our township has been taxing us over the last several years at inflated prices, at least $50,000 on some properties, than your assumption is not right....Lets look at our new budget, according to our fire district and schools we need to increase our taxes by$107.00 but they said they were holding the line with no increase....than why are our taxes going up....This is a joke if you ask me...This township has to realize that this is NOT A MONEY PIT where they can raise the taxes when ever they want....I am not laughing....
Fred March 20, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Stop wasting our tax dollars on reassessing every few years. The state needs to change the way they assess to avoid all this wasted time and money.
John March 20, 2013 at 04:51 PM
@Fred, do not think your correct on this matter, they have not had a reassessment in a long time but the VALUES of our houses have gone down....yet our taxes keep on going up, get with the program./////
Captain deKlerk March 20, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Has anyone looked into the incomptenence of the assessor and why he is not being held accountable for the bad values? Sure seems like everything he touches is messed up and it costs us tax money.
Get a Life March 20, 2013 at 05:40 PM
The Values were based on Valuations from 2007/08. Last time I looked a lot has changed since that time,
AnoninCinna March 20, 2013 at 06:22 PM
The assessment itself is not "bad", it is just outdated and old, and happened at nearly the peak of the housing market. I appealed my taxes successfully already, and will do so again. My assessment was $60,000 higher than it should have been. If the reassessment attempts to raise my taxes above what my taxes are after I appealed, I will repeat the process. I encourage everyone else to do so also, it is not a complicated process.
Pat March 20, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Think of the township as a business with income (mostly tax revenues) and expenses (the services that they provide). They consider themselves to have "lost" $1.6M in revenue because of the legal tax appeals that residents have filed and won over the past three years. This reassessment is their legal remedy. The law says that the township can increase their revenues, make the residents pay more in total taxes, by reassessing all of the properties. Once the reassessment is completed, the township decides that they want X amount in total revenue. They dole out the amounts that each property owner has to pay based on the new assessment to make sure that they hit that total. So the average tax bill will go up to give the township the revenue that they want. The legal remedy for the individual taxpayers is still the same, to file individual appeals to try to get your tax bill reduced. It's all a game. Homeowners can choose to play the game by filing an appeal or don't play and just complain about high taxes.
Captain deKlerk March 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Waste Of money. Deklerk is the problem. If you go see him he will lower your value by at least 10 percent. Its all a game. Lower everyone who didnt appeal and save the money. All done. Fire the assessor
lynda March 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM
If the township stopped making deals with places like the senior homes on rt.130 that didn't have to pay taxes for so many years,and the shops that are at shop rite don't have to pay taxes for so many years and they have to have a percentage of occupantancy . If the township would stop buying property like the gas station on rt.130 with the tax payers money, and the just keep raising taxes. when are they going to get it. It has to stop sometime they can't keep spending.
John March 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM
@lynda, people live in a shell and when someone says something they respond sometimes....Examples, our fire dept needs 2 fire trucks so they ask for it and they got it, granted they respond to fires....Our school board wants new schools b/c other towns have better looking ones, so whats next, U got it, they will ask for new schools so this is just a way to make up for LOST MONEY.....get the picture yet....We do not stand a chance, We are playing a game with a FIXED DECK AND we cannot win....Welcome to the MONEY PIT....
Below Me March 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM
When the Riverton Country Club appealed and was dropped by $5,000,000, how much tax money did Cinnaminson lose there? Then the Multi-million dollar company called Sea-Box was granted a large reduction as well. So now us single family homeowners have to make up that loss, and all the other "connected" appeals.
Richard March 21, 2013 at 07:53 AM
How many members of the Township commity are members of the counrty club? Sounds like a conflict of interest to me!
IP freely March 21, 2013 at 01:28 PM
That aint true. Prove it. What does seabox revenues have to do with property taxes anyways. They pay based on the value of the property just like you and me. Seabox pays taxes so you can have trash picked up and they have to pay for it in addition to taxes. Just say thanks that commercial taxpayers keep your burden low
John March 21, 2013 at 03:03 PM
@IP freely, you must be living in another world....Oh yea, do they pay there fair share on the value of there property, do not think so....Its like the Shoppes at Cinnaminson, they got a tax credit for building there and they are not paying there fair share either, about the country club, if its called Riverton CC why do they pay taxes to us????? I guess its like the flooding around shop rite, they are in compliance with the law ha ha, tell me another joke....who got the kickback on that one.....
IP freely March 21, 2013 at 04:57 PM
I think you live in the world of made up numbers. Did Riverton lose $5,000,000 of value in cinnaminson or not? Should they pay taxes on value that doesn't exist any more than you or I should on our house? Now you bring up the shoppes? Provide the details of the credits if you can. Can you focus then you bring up why is Riverton paying taxes to us? Didn't you just complain they didn't pay enough now you want zero? Flooding? Call the DEP and complain What can you make up next
Barb Rivera March 21, 2013 at 07:55 PM
IP freely: I live in Cinnaminson & the flooding is a MAJOR issue in which the Shoppes has made much worse & more frequent! We are taxed through the roof and also have to pay for flood insurance. Paid $901 for flood in 2003 and now pay over $3,200. It is the responsibility of the Township to do something about the flooding. The DEP is only needed when you are building a new structure or addition to your home if in a flood zone.
IP freely March 21, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Ms rivera i am sorry you have to pay flood insurance but that is how it works. My folks pay flood insurance too. What evidence do you have that shows the township is responsible for the flooding? If someone created it that would be negligence. Is the town negligent? What is their position
John March 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM
The Town gave the person who built the house the ok to build there and bye the way I never said that price you said I did, all I said is if its called Riverton CC why on earth do we tax them, get the facts straight...
Hugh Janus March 22, 2013 at 02:22 AM
@IP Freely - The Riverton Country Club went from 8.9 million down to 5.5 million. That's like someone's house going from 300 thousand down to 186 thousand. However, on the RCC the town loses tax revenue on 3.4 million, not 114 thousand.
IP freely March 22, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Guess it didn't drop $5,000,000 like the other poster claimed. So what. Should they pay taxes on value that doesn't exist any more than anyone else. Is the number correct or not that is all that matters no whether you like it or not. What is this socialism tax them more just because. They don't even get their trash picked up yet they pay taxes for it. What is your point? Did any other commerical property drop in value?
Barb Rivera March 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Township took control of the land where The Shoppes now sit because the prior owner left it abandoned. Township was WELL aware of the flooding that was taken place in my area and they still sold the land to a developer who then made the development much larger. It now occupies a large chuck of land that held much if the run off water. Where does this addt'l water go? I can answer that, right down the hill into my neighborhood. So now as a result of them being careless we flood at a much higher rate and more frequent. I don't live on the water, it's actually about 2 blocks away.
agent itchy March 24, 2013 at 01:38 AM
i like the idea of seabox getting a great tax deal. this way mr. sea box can build a castle on tom brown road on our dime. rich get richer, you get squat. thank you cinnaminson twp committee. i can't wait to vote these guys out. we really need new blood at city hall.

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