VINELAND — With less than a week to the May 1 deadline, the number of appeals filed with the Cumberland County Board of Taxation is beginning to increase.
County tax officials said Thursday they have received 302 appeals from residents living in the city, which had its first revaluation last year in more than a half-century.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Cumberland County Tax Administrator Patricia A. Belmont, adding that city residents filed 121 appeals last year.
But City Tax Assessor Donald Siefrit said he expects the number of appeals will “go up pretty well.” Residents and their attorneys often wait for the last minute to file their appeals, he said.
The city last did a reassessment in 1989, and that prompted about 1,300 tax appeals, he said.
Property in the city is now assessed at slightly more than $4 billion. That is almost double the $2.1 billion at which the property was assessed when the revaluation began last year.
City officials said they did not know how many property owners might file tax appeals based on their new assessments. Some city residents have complained to local officials that their property assessments increased too much. Some commercial property owners said their assessment increased by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
However, the city’s proposed $59.3 million budget would decrease the amount an average residential property owner would pay in local purpose taxes.
The budget sets the proposed local purpose tax rate at 75.8 cents per $100 of assessed property value. Last year’s rate was $1.34 cents per $100 of assessed property value. The difference was caused by the revaluation.
The revaluation also changed the average residential property assessment from $95,700 to $159,600. That means the owner of a home assessed at the new level will pay $1,209 in local purposes this year. That represents a $73 decrease from 2012.
Siefrit said some local property owners may be undecided about whether to file a tax appeal. Those residents may wait until next year to file an appeal based on how much they wind up paying in local purposes taxes this year, he said.
Belmont said the tax board will accept appeals until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Appeal hearings will be scheduled after that and begin in a few weeks, she said.
The county tax board is located at 226 N. Laurel St. in Bridgeton.
More information about tax appeals can be found on the tax board’s page on the Cumberland County website at
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