Paterson Expected to Conduct Citywide Revaluation Later This Year
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • 7:38am
PATERSON, NJ - Homeowners in Paterson could see a change in the amount of taxes they pay after a citywide revaluation of property expected to take place later this year.
The City Council discussed an ordinance authorizing an emergency appropriation of funds for the revaluation of property in Paterson at Tuesday night’s workshop. Reassessment of property could result in an increase or decrease in property taxes.Council members asked for more details about the program.
Revaluation programs are intended to ensure an equal tax burden among taxpayers, according to the New Jersey Department of Treasury. Paterson underwent a revaluation five years ago; an assessment City Council President Anthony Davis, says was done incorrectly. Now, members of the city council say they want the job
done the right way.
“We want to make sure all our ducks are in order,” said Davis. “We want to make sure we have the proper software and our records are in sync with the state’s records.”
The process will cost more than $2 million. In depth details have yet to be discussed.
Rigo Rodriguez, councilmen-at-large, called for a more thorough explanation of the city’s plans. He raised concerns on how accurately the sample of homes would portray neighborhoods in their entirety.
“I’m afraid we’re not paying for a thorough investigation throughout the city,” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said he needs more information on how homes will be selected and how the city plans on getting homeowners to cooperate.
The assistant business administrator said all questions would be answered in the proposal.
Further discussion of the ordinance is scheduled to be discussed at the next regular city council meeting.