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Manasquan To Give Damaged Properties a Temporary Tax Assessment Reduction

For those properties where repairs will continue past Jan. 31

As homeowners' and property owners' repairs to Hurricane Sandy damaged areas drag on, affected Manasquan taxpayers may receive a temporary assessment reduction from the borough tax assessor.

In Manasquan, approximately 1,700 commercial and residential properties were damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Homeowners who sustained damage and whose repairs will not be completed before January 31 will receive a temporary assessment reduction, the borough announced.

However, Jan. 10 is a deadline to have contacted the county tax assessor for a tax assessment adjustment, which county residents can do online here. The county also pledged in December to use its and local towns' staff to seek out affected residents directly since the storm to help process the tax assessment adjustment.

“Unfortunately, many residents have been severely impacted by this storm and have suffered great damage to their homes and properties,” said Freeholder Gary J. Rich, Sr., liaison to the Monmouth County Tax Board, in a prepared statement. “I encourage property owners who have suffered damages to take advantage of this opportunity for a tax assessment adjustment and contact their assessor or submit an inspection request on the County website’s Disaster Recovery Portal.”

Outside of the county push to process the adjustments on its website, Manasquan will be mailing postcards to residents in February reminding them how to proceed once their repairs are completed.

However long it takes to repair the hurricane-damaged property, the tax assessment would change again in October. That's when the borough will calculate a prorated assessment for the repaired property, Manasquan officials said.

"Once the repairs are completed, the adjustment will be removed and prorated through an added assessment in October. This adjustment is for material depreciation only and is consistent throughout the State of New Jersey. Be aware property taxes will be adjusted on the Municipal portion only and will not affect the County, School District or Fire District portion on tax bills," said Councilwoman Patricia Connolly in her outgoing report at the December council meeting.

By mid-December, the county had already received 300 notifications for tax assessment adjustments from Manasquan homeowners, Connolly said.

John J. Harris January 10, 2013 at 06:07 PM
And since the total levy will only go up the rest of the town is going to have to pay the taxes for these homes. Can't wait to see the increase.
charlie January 10, 2013 at 08:03 PM
That's so big of Manasquan. But every town has this. Hey Gary fix the outflow pipe from Lake Como. Those pumps and pipes supplied by SMRSA are a joke. And those berms around the lakes won't work. Water seeks it's own level. Just take a ride by the glimmer glass during moon tides. The water backs up through the storm sewers.
Ron Jacobson January 11, 2013 at 12:14 AM
I don’t get this. The town has fixed expenses for operating that must be paid, no matter what, and some are larger now because of Sandy. The need to repair the water mains, the removal of tons of debris, the need for public works over time to name a few expenses, that would not occur if there were no housing “east of the creek”. It is a nice gesture to cut taxes for the property owners that were impacted by the storm but when you cut their taxes and not mine, who pays? Somebody picks up the slack and that will be those up land, unaffected by the flooding. Unless we lay off police, DPW workers and others, any hands going up to volunteer to be laid off? Trouble is we need more workers right now not less. I did not cause the problem, so why should I have to pay more? Why should my taxes go up more because I bought property above the flood zone? Unless expenses go down (do they ever?) you have to take in more revenue (taxes) to keep the town running. So where are we going to cut expenses to make up the difference? Are we even going to think about cuts? I haven’t heard about any cuts to services. Have you? Don’t give a tax break, its nuts. The flooded area is requiring more expense (tax dollars) than the rest of the town, not less. They are requiring more services now than before the storm. We already gave them free building permits and inspections. Do I get free building permits and inspections? So how is it fair that I pick up the slack with higher taxes?
jerseyswamps January 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Obamanomics. Borrow to spend now. No cutbacks. Send bill to future generations.
Penn Cross January 11, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Seriously...temporarily lowering the taxes for wealthy beach front homeowners and others living in flood zones? This makes no sense.
charlie January 11, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Their houses are uninhabitable. Did you ever think about how many empty houses pay taxes during the winter without using much of the town resources. These people should be b*tching.

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