Where’s the Property Re-valuation? When?

12/3/2009:

Can’t revolt against the Queen, can you?

What a difference a year makes. With all the big talk of substantial budget cuts, and property re-valuations seemingly going silent – the roar is just beginning to get started from residents who were fooled into thinking a “Reval” was a big priority for our current administration.

411 reader Jill presents this open letter to the Mayor and the residents.

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Will Mayor Zimmer start the property revaluation process?

“Dear Hoboken 411,

I have one question that I’m hoping you and your readers can shed some light on or hopefully spotlight to get our elected officials to respond.

When is Mayor Zimmer starting the property revaluation process?

I, like many people, voted for Dawn because of persuasive statements she made publicly and put in her campaign material such as: “Zimmer is committed to making the tough budget decisions needed to bring overdue tax relief to Hoboken residents.” Thank you, I need tax relief!

As a condo owner with approximately 1500 square feet, I’m outraged that I pay more in property taxes than my neighbor who has 3000 square feet of brownstone, and yet I pay the same as our Mayor who has over 3500 square feet, more than double my space. This is not new information, we’ve all done the math and seen the vast inequity among property owners, but I am tired of hearing our politicians saying they sympathize with us when they really need to be taking action now.

We all know tax revaluations are lengthy processes, but instead of reminding the public how hard tax revals are and how long they take, our elected officials, specifically our Mayor, needs to address this issue now and make it a priority to implement the tax reval. It also needs to be pointed out that telling the public to appeal their assessments is not a substitute for doing the actual reval. It’s not sound fiscal judgement when our city government relies on being reactive rather than proactive. With the number of appeals growing quickly, it’s only going to get uglier for Hoboken’s budget if the Mayor doesn’t get our fiscal practices under control.

At a meet and greet for multiple candidates this past October, the attendees were informed that new tax maps are required for the reval and that the legislation for these tax maps was already initiated by another council person, so why hasn’t Mayor Zimmer attempted to initiate an official tax reval process since she took office four months ago? Thousands of her supporters are counting on Mayor Zimmer to follow through on her promise for a property tax revaluation which she included in her recent public questionnaire response: “I support following the law and fairly sharing the tax burden and will promptly take the legally mandated steps to put one into effect.”

So far, Mayor Zimmer has not been prompt on this issue, and when asked about the tax reval, her reply has been “it will take years.” That is not an adequate response.

We’re not asking her how long, we’re asking her when!!!

Mayor Zimmer needs to start the reval process today and she needs to give the public significant tax reval status reports on a regular basis. Anything less is unacceptable.

Thank you,
Jill

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42 Comments on "Where’s the Property Re-valuation? When?"

truth1
Member
truth1

It’s approximately a four year project from inception to completion. This is according to the experts. No matter what personal opinion we may have, it has to be done since the last one was done in 1988. The blame game will not help since many Mayors and governing body members were remiss in their duties for many years. We all should follow-up with the Zimmer administration to determine the current status of this much needed reevaluatiion.

thomasstack
Member
thomasstack

PS: Forgot to note that timing or completion of a revaluation is not something that any Government official can control!

Avoid the blame game!

Thomas J. Stack
Stack & Stack
Hoboken, NJ

xyzpdq
Member
xyzpdq

I think those who expected a prompt reval are going to be as disappointed as those who believed the new Mayor and council members who promised to cut taxes by 25% this year.

CastlePointWatcher
Member
CastlePointWatcher

A reval will likely not happen for a long time. If one were done it would raise WAY too many questions about some of the “practices” that the assessor and Picardo had/have in place.

If you hang your hat on the “hope” peg of Judy — you’re dreaming. She is NOT here to help… not in the least.

The only people who can help us are ourselves.

truth1
Member
truth1

If the council does their job and adopts an approval budget and submit this as part of the plan to the DCA’s Local Finance Board, then the city can be out of state supervision with the elected officials having the authority with the responsibility to do the job right. Our new governor has gone of the record saying the the state “should not be running cities” Then Judy and her state ‘cronies’ will be gone.

In response to CastlePointWatcher who said:
A reval will likely not happen for a long time. If one were done it would raise WAY too many questions about some of the “practices” that the assessor and Picardo had/have in place.

If you hang your hat on the “hope” peg of Judy — you’re dreaming. She is NOT here to help… not in the least.

The only people who can help us are ourselves.

truth1
Member
truth1

The re-eval process has to be started now. I hope that Judy T. has put money in the budget to start the tax map. Most experts in the field believe that it will take four years to complete the entire process. Let’s get going now! Judy has obtained estimates to start the process. When will the public be informed? Call her at city hall. She is the de-facto Business Administrator. Send her an email. A Citizen Against Mismanagement

CW
Member

“Jersey City notifies county tax board that it will begin property revaluation process”

What’s going on with the Hoboken reval?

In response to truth1 who said:
The re-eval process has to be started now. I hope that Judy T. has put money in the budget to start the tax map. Most experts in the field believe that it will take four years to complete the entire process. Let’s get going now! Judy has obtained estimates to start the process. When will the public be informed? Call her at city hall. She is the de-facto Business Administrator. Send her an email. A Citizen Against Mismanagement

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