Governor Chris Christie has nominated Clifford J. Moore, III of Hazlet to the Monmouth County Board of Taxation.
If confirmed by the State Senate, Moore will replace Daniel M. Kelly of Little Silver on the board. Kelly resigned last month due to professional commitments.
Moore is the president of the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative , past president of the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, and co-chair of the Hazlet Business Owners Association Economic Development Committee. Moore ran for Hazlet Township Committee, as a Democrat, last November. He is an owner of seven business in Hazlet and Keyport.
The Monmouth County Board of Taxation is comprised of four Republicans and three Democrats. Moore is taking a Democratic seat. The party of the incumbent governor holds the majority.
Matthew S. Clark, the Monmouth County Tax Administrator, said that the commissioners have a “broader, taller responsibility” than they have had in years past, as Monmouth is the first county in New Jersey to implement the Assessment Demonstration Program signed into law by Governor Christie in March. The Assessment Demonstration Program is “true property tax reform,” according to Clark, which includes online appeals and creates assessment precision. The online appeals process is a shared service that the Tax Board is offering to other counties to generate revenue and reduce the tax burden on Monmouth County property owners.
The commissioners hear tax appeal cases, certify property tax rates, certify the county’s equalization table, oversee the administration of county tax assessments, and certify the annual added assessments from Monmouth’s municipalities.
Commissioners on the Tax Board earn a salary of $18,000 per year. Clark did not know if new commissioners receive health benefits are part of their compensation. The Governor’s press office as yet to respond to an inquiry regarding health benefits for tax commissioners.