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New Cinnaminson Assessments Going Out in This Week's Mail

Property owners will have a chance to ask questions about their new appraisal over the next two weeks.

Cinnaminson property owners are expected to receive their new assessments this week, according to the township tax assessor. Credit: Patch file photo
Cinnaminson property owners are expected to receive their new assessments this week, according to the township tax assessor. Credit: Patch file photo

Keep an eye on your mailbox, as Cinnaminson homeowners will begin receiving reassessment letters this week notifying them of their new property values.

Tax assessor Dennis Deklerk said the letters would be going out in the mail beginning Wednesday. Property owners with questions about the new assessment will be able to schedule an appointment with Professional Property Appraisers to get more information.

Deklerk said residents can also visit the New Jersey Association of County Tax Boards (NJACTB) website to obtain information about their property, which was partly used to determine their new appraisal.

“It’s an opportunity to do a self-audit,” Deklerk said of the information on NJACTB. “So they have something they can go in with if they have questions.”

Property owners have until Jan. 20 to set up an appointment for an informal review with Professional Property Appraisers. Following that, the formal appeal period begins—tentatively—on Feb. 25 and lasts until May 1.

Deklerk isn’t anticipating an abundance of appeals however, given that the reassessment is “sort of a rollback,” in the sense that for many property owners—though not all—their values will decrease.

Preliminary results of the reassessment indicate a roughly $200 million to $300 million drop in the value of Cinnaminson’s ratables over the last five years, representing a 12 to 15 percent loss in value.

Following Moorestown’s reassessment last year, appeals dropped 60 percent, according to Deklerk, who also serves as Moorestown’s tax assessor. He’s expecting a similar dip in Cinnaminson.

There were about 400 appeals in Cinnaminson in 2013—a trend that has led to the township losing more than $2 million in revenue over the last few years. Deklerk said that could drop to 200 in 2014, and even lower in 2015.

The new valuations and resultant taxes will take effect in the second half of 2014, with any increase or decrease being split between the third and fourth quarter tax bills.

Let us know when you receive your new assessment. Did your taxes go up? Down? Comment below or email rob.scott@patch.com.
Paula January 07, 2014 at 06:40 PM
As Tillie said in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: "All Hell Done Broke Loose Now!"
John January 07, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Not really, its only fair to pay what the value of the house is not what they think it is, of course there will be people saying its not right, but fair is fair right....After all the police want information on criminals from the public so in reality the public is now police who are not getting paid for there services....
Brian N January 07, 2014 at 10:53 PM
What are you talking about John? I think you got lost in the wrong article again...this one was about assessments, not police
noyb January 08, 2014 at 06:59 AM
A reassment is nothing more than a re-alignment of what each property owner pays. If they did the as segment correctly the amount of appeals will drop drastically. Frankly I don't want to appeal again but I will if I have to. I thought these letters would have been out sooner but I guess it's better late than never. IMO the entire practice of basing tax on a perceived value is crazy. It's a subjective matter and you open it up to argument with that. I would love to see tax burden system based off of quantity alone. If you have more bedrooms and bathrooms you should pay more. Exc.
Deborah Stevens Buckwald January 08, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Thanks for the follow-up
Rob Scott (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 09:45 AM
No problem, Deborah.
John January 08, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Brian N, can U read I said that whats fair is fair and I added the comment about the police as an added comment so get off my back ok....Oh just to let U know there is 2 people walking around Andover Road....
Billy Pilgrim January 08, 2014 at 01:41 PM
I think it'd be nice to see the assessment done based on something that is static. Lot based and then only modified if it is improved. That way someone is not punished by improving their house. Another benefit would be there would be little room to appeal your assessment. As a consequence, the municipality would be forced to be very accountable for their expenses. It never made sense that it would cost more to provide services based on the current housing economy. Taxes would be raised based on a known quantity (the lot and improved lots) and not on variables such as millage rate times assessed value. Towns often lower assessed value, raise millage, and wait for the assessed value to creep up and hope nobody appeals their home value because the money is flowing.
Billy Pilgrim January 08, 2014 at 02:13 PM
I'll agree with you on the majority of taxes going to schools. That's a different fish to fry. 61.7% of my tax bill goes to the District school tax. 17.2% goes to Local Municipal Tax. Next is County getting me for 12%, then at 5.6% is my Fire District 1. The amount I pay is what I consider to be fair for "insurance". I can't say that I fully comprehend their budget, but it's not worth my time to get worked up over it. I know that's probably not the responsible attitude, but I just can't get worked up over everything, you know?
John January 08, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Very true, and when someone makes a comment people say U are nuts and than watch out....Do not understand why people are like that oh well thats life I guess....
noyb January 08, 2014 at 07:31 PM
I hate the way property tax is figured. Its crazy to base the figure on a subjective number like market value. How can you base a tax on something that is constantly changing? All you can do is appeal its your right. I would rather see property tax based on a value that is based on a formula. Example bathroom is $100 per sq ft, kitchen is $150 per sq ft. bedroom space is $50 per sq ft, land is $25 per sq ft... ect. I'm just throwing round numbers out here but you get the idea. if you have more land and bigger house you pay more. I can gold plate my 500 sq foot house and it will not matter the figured value will only change with addition of living space ect. You then cant argue the tax amount and I don't get penalized for renovating my kitchen (as long as I don't change the size)....
noyb January 09, 2014 at 07:15 AM
Pundit, I understand it's not directly taxed. But if I redo my kitchen and the market value of the home goes up then the taxed value will go up. Assuming they did an assement between. So for that reason I feel it's just too far based on opinion. When you appeal your taxes you show your tax value based on recent sales history in your area. That is market value that changes way too often IMO to base a tax on. Don't get me wrong I understand why it's done the way it is. It's done this way all across the state and the country. But I feel the system should take the opinion part out of the equation to make it fair.
noyb January 09, 2014 at 07:19 AM
Curb appeal should have nothing to do with my tax. If my neighbor has more land and bigger house they should pay more. I shouldn't pay more cause I keep my yard nice and landscaped and mulched. While the neighbor only grows 8 foot weeds in the yard.
John January 09, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Good luck with curb appeal, I have a banked owned property next door and its been that way for 6 years and the township has to make them cut the grass at 150.00 per cut, and the house is a mess. Oh well...thats life...
Brian N January 09, 2014 at 02:01 PM
http://www.realtor.com/advice/the-right-school-district-how-much-do-schools-affect-real-estate-prices/#.Us7xcaa9LCQ
Will Smith January 09, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Let me be the first to say, I will be appealing my assessment.
Paula January 09, 2014 at 06:44 PM
I will be too; no one came into our house to evaluate it. I went on nj property tax search and found, on the old assessments, some of the houses are assessed lower than mine and have more rooms more improvements. My own fault; never appealed any assessments; they probably did in the past.
John January 09, 2014 at 07:04 PM
U got to love the letter that they sent U, nothing about the bill itself, just the amount and the taxes do with no adjustments..So what the heck do we pay Feb 1 a guess a figure....They should have sent out the tax bill in full not a half butt one....oh well the same old same old...
Will Smith January 09, 2014 at 07:23 PM
Its crazy Maggie, there are homes outside of my development that pay half of what I pay in taxes. I appealed after the last assessment and had my taxes lowered. They increased little by little over the last few years. Now with the new rate my home value went down but my taxes went up another $1900.00
ryan January 09, 2014 at 07:39 PM
I just purchased a new town home in cinnaminson harbour so they know what the current market value is for my home. It stayed close to what it was assessed at before, but my question is why did my taxes increase $1400 to make it almost $7,000.
Paula January 09, 2014 at 09:18 PM
Go to NJ property tax search http://tax1.co.monmouth.nj.us/cgi-bin/prc6.cgi?menu=index&ms_user=glou&passwd=data&district=0801&mode=11 (or google nj property tax search). Once you enter county, town and address and submit, hit more info. In upper left corner click on tab "property card". It will show new assessment record.
Herbert Kornfeld January 09, 2014 at 10:32 PM
I'm in the same boat as others... Home assessed $20K lower but taxes increased $1.4K. Does not make any sense to me. I thought there was a cap in NJ on increases?
Jenet January 10, 2014 at 06:24 AM
So if the property card shows I have 2 bathrooms, but I have only 1 it won't make a difference?
John January 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Good Luck with the taxes, its not going to get better, we have a new school and new fire trucks coming, they just love milking the cows....cows being tax payers....
K C January 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM
Up 1600.00 but lower our tax assessment by 25,000. ?????

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