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Hillsdale Completes Property Revaluations

Property owners can schedule appointments to discuss their assessments with inspectors.

Property inspectors and appraisers have completed their property revaluation of Hillsdale, according to borough Tax Assessor Patrick Wilkins.

Inspectors had to visit every property in the borough and report data like the number of rooms, the quality of kitchens and bathrooms, the type of heating system and whether or not the home includes other items like a fireplace, deck or patio. About 90 percent of property owners allowed the inspectors in, according to Wilkins.

"Things have been going very well," Wilkins said.

The last of the notices with the new property values went out last week and all residents should receive theirs by Friday, Wilkins said. Property owners can schedule appointments with the appraisers to discuss their assessment if they believe there is an error.

Mayor Max Arnowitz recommended that owners take the opportunity to inspect their appraisals.

"There have been mistakes in the past," Arnowitz said.

Anyone who believes their assessment includes an error can bring it up with an appraiser or appeal the issue to the county.

Wilkins said he expected the whole process to be complete by the end of the month and for the county to mail out postcards with the final assessments in early March.

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21st century concerned citizen February 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Congrats to the Hillsdale governing body for taking the right action and going through the re-evaluation. Washington Twp has also taking the right step. Don't know why Westwood is procrastinating on this. Property values are not what they were in 2007. My zillow valuation goes down every month
B@B February 13, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Remember, when revaluations result in a down-value, the tax rate goes up. Neither town is going to sacrifice revenue because of a downturn in home values. Certainly WT isn't, not with paying its large police department six-figure salaries.
Gary Conkling February 13, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Your town still needs x amount of $$$ to run. . Real shared services is what has to happen. At least Demerest tried to do something.
21st century concerned citizen February 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Issue that the Westwood governing body is failing to recognize is that we share the education expense with Washington Twp. If their property valuations are downgraded and Westwood does not do a revaluation Westwood residents pay more of the expense for the school system. Same thing goes for the County Tax. Very shortsided on the part of Westwood and a penalty for their residents
21st century concerned citizen February 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM
@Gary Conkling I agree with you on the shared services. When I travel around the country most of the people I visit are paying substantially less in property tax than we do in NJ. Why? Because we have all of these small towns with their own services and then we have the county. Too many layers!!!!!!!!!!!!! In private industry what do we do with too many management layers.............we eliminate them as part of a cost reduction program. That is what should happen in NJ
Gary Conkling February 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM
If I recall WW has been paying the larger percent of school tax it is not 50/50. The small towns have to merger services to bring costs in line.
B@B February 14, 2013 at 01:31 PM
I would be all for merging WT with Westwood.
Gary Conkling February 15, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Neither governing body has the foresight to look into it. Home rule forever.
Common Cents February 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM
It was remarkable that the county did not even let be a pilot program. Tests cost money, and if the balance of the municpalities in the county had to spend a few dollars to see how it works, so be it. Rockland county seems to function pretty good. Somebody has to have the courage to start with the largest, most redundant municipal service and make it one unit. The time has come that home rule has to go and the secret argument of "Just a few years until somebody's friend retires." The little action that occures here at night could cut the staffing 80 percent if there are neighboring officers a minute or two away.
Common Cents February 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM
According the the chatter the last BOE budget meeting, the Borough will be paying a larger amount again this year. The hospital being taxable introduces a large portion to the tax base. The stores in the Township shopping center that are vacent cut the value of that ratable a lot.

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