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BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Aspreviously announced last month, the Township of Bloomfield will be conductinga property revaluation in 2019 after being ordered to do so by the Essex CountyBoard of Taxation. The purpose of the revaluation is to ensure that all realproperty is assessed fairly and equitably according to its fair market value.Mayor Michael Venezia, Township Council members, the Township Administrator andTax Assessor’s Office attended the first meeting, held March 23 in theBloomfield Middle School Media Center. There were three April meetingsoriginally scheduled, but, based on public demand, a fourth April meeting hasbeen added on April 6. The final dates are:
Thursday, April 4 at 11:30am in theBloomfield Civic Center
Thursday, April 4 at 7:00pm inWatsessing School Gym
Saturday, April 6 at 10:00am atBloomfield High School Media Center
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00pm in FireHouse #4, 1233 Broad Street
The April 4 evening meeting atWatsessing School is now moved to the gym and the April 9 meeting at BrookdaleSchool is now moved across the street at Fire House #4.
The Township has contracted withGlen Rock-based Appraisal Systems Inc. to conduct the property revaluation.Between mid-March and October of this year, Appraisal Systems representativeswill be visiting all 13,134 property structures in town, taking exteriormeasurements and exterior photos, and inspecting interior improvements with theproperty owner’s consent. All representatives visiting properties have beenbackground checked by the Bloomfield Police Department, and will show theirphoto identification upon conducting inspections. Appraisal Systems conductedprevious town-wide revals in 1992 and 2010. The Township usually undergoes thisprocess every 10 years.
Appraisal Systems began their workin the township on March 25, after residents have had at least one opportunityto learn about the process at public meetings. Anyresidents with questions can contact the Tax Assessor’s Office at 973-680-4021or by visiting Room 108 of Town Hall.