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Tax Revaluation Pending for Washington Township

Hundreds of Washington Township residents appealed their property taxes this year.

Washington Township may be undergoing a property tax revaluation within the next year.

This year, 273 township residents appealed their taxes, according to Tax Assessor Ray Damiano. County officials heard appeals during a hearing July 12, though they expect to take at least 12 weeks before they have decisions.

Township officials discussed the possibility of having a re-evaluation performed during their meeting this week. According to Township Attorney Kenneth Poller, the process will take about a year to complete and needs to be done by October 1 of the year before, so the change won't be able to take effect until 2014 at the earliest.

"We really need to get this ball rolling," Council Vice President Joseph D'Urso said.

The last revaluation took effect in 2006, according to Damiano. Currently, the value of the average home in the township is . The township's assessed value as a whole dropped by about $10 million this year.

Council President Richard Hrbek said they would need to speak with an assessor to arrange for the new revaluation during the council's next couple of meetings.

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B@B July 27, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I guess they need that money for Memorial Field turf after all. I wonder if they're going to do it the same as last time, where all the McMansion owners got tax cuts and the rest of us in our 1950's capes and ranches got socked big-time.
scruffy July 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I think all the towns here in the Pascack Valley are due for revals. I do not think it will benefit the towns though this time. I believe the houses are worth less than the last revaluation.

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