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Christie nominates Massell and Luttrell for Monmouth County Tax Board

Stephen Massell

Governor Chris Christie this afternoon announced the nominations of Stephen Massell of Middletown and Renee Luttrell of Holmdel to serve five year terms on the Monmouth County Tax Board.   If confirmed by the New Jersey Senate, Massell will fill the Republican seat on the Board currently held by Kathleen Cody Bjelka who term has expired.  Luttrell will take the Democratic seat vacated by the death of Thomas J. Byrne of Spring Lake.

Given the legislative calendar, neither nominee is likely to be confirmed until the lame duck session which starts in November. The State Legislature typically takes the summer off after passing the State Budget which is due by June 30th.  Given that all 120 seats in the legislature are up for election this year, members of the legislature are likely to spend the fall campaigning and not legislating.

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Posted: June 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie nominates Massell and Luttrell for Monmouth County Tax Board

Prosecutor won’t file charges against Monmouth County tax official

FREEHOLD– An investigation into an anonymous complaint accusing the Monmouth County Tax Administrator with steering businesses to a pair of companies has ended with no charges being filed, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday. Authorities launched the 18-month investigation into Matthew S. Clark’s activities after receiving a letter claiming Clark channeled work to Realty Appraisal… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Prosecutor won’t file charges against Monmouth County tax official

Year in review: September 2015

Freeholder John Curley

Freeholder John Curley

Freeholder John P. Curley released an anonymous letter that alleged improprieties in the County’s pilot Tax Assessment Demonstration Program.  Curley called for the suspension of the program and referred the letter to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Three weeks later, the Asbury Park Press published an expose into potential ethical conflicts that occurred in the implementation of the program.  In December, the Monmouth County Tax Board announced that municipalities could opt-out of the program for the 2017 tax year. APP has claimed credit, which arguably should go to Curley, for all actions taken regarding the ADP program since they published the expose.

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Posted: December 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

O’Scanlon and Tax Board Announce Assessment Reforms

Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and the members of the Monmouth County Tax Boards announced reforms to the controversial Assessment Demonstration Program yesterday. The changes are designed to address the volatility in property valuations that taxpayers have been experiencing during the early years of the pilot program’s implementation.

In addition to making appropriate adjustments to the program, O’Scanlon told MMM that he his hopeful that municipal officials will focus on the program itself, and not the controversy over the allegations of conflicts of interests among assessors, Tax Administrator Matthew Clark, and the vendors working the program, when deciding whether to continue their participation participation in 2017.  The Tax Board announced last month that towns can opt out of the program for 2017 by April 29, 2016.

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Posted: December 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Taxation, Monmouth County News, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Monmouth Tax Board: Towns Can Opt Out of Assessment Demonstration Program

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Tax Commissioners Cliff Moore, James Stuart and Kathy Cody Bjelka

The Monmouth County Tax Board acted on Monday to allow municipalities to opt out of the controversial pilot program, the Assessment Demonstration Program. The program has resulted in the volatility of property assessments and spurred a grand jury investigation into alleged conflicts of interest among key players in the County’s complex property tax system.

By an unanimous vote Monday afternoon, the Tax Board approved a resolution offered by Commissioner Clifford J. Moore III to immediately allow municipalities to opt out of the program for the 2017 tax year.  Towns must notify the board that they are opting out by 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2016.

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Posted: December 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Taxation, Monmouth County News, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth Tax Board: Towns Can Opt Out of Assessment Demonstration Program

Sen Jennifer Beck calls for Tax Administrator’s Suspension

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senator Jennifer Beck today called for Monmouth County Tax Board Administrator Matthew Clark to step down or being suspended, pending the outcome of a reported Monmouth County Prosecutor’s investigation to his relationships with vendors of the the controversial Assessment Demonstration Program that creates new assessments of Monmouth County properties for property tax purposes annually.

“In light of the fact the Prosecutor has an active and ongoing investigation into the Tax Administrator, steps must be taken to suspend him from his day-to-day duties until the Prosecutor’s investigation is complete,” Beck said in a statement issued to the media.  “At present, our taxpayers have lost confidence in the Administrator and until he is either vindicated or indicted, Matthew Clark should step aside.”

The Asbury Park Press reported last week that grand jury subpoenas were served on at least three county towns as well as the Monmouth County government in connection with a criminal investigation to the program.

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Posted: November 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County Board of Taxation, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Middletown Terminates Contract with Realty Data Services

money-500x250Middletown, NJ- The Middletown Township Committee voted unanimously Monday night to terminate its contract with Realty Data Services, LLC,  the Shrewsbury based company which performs inspections and data collection for most Monmouth County towns under the pilot Assessment Demonstration Program (ADP).

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Posted: October 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Taxation, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hornik Calls For Suspension Of Tax Assessment Program

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik and Councilwoman Randi Marder at a campaign event last month. photo via facebook

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik and Councilwoman Randi Marder at a campaign event last month. photo via facebook

Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik called for the immediate suspension of the controversial tax assessment program, Assessment Demonstration Pilot Program(ADP), in a press release issued Tuesday evening.

Responding to an “investigate report” in the Asbury Park Press that alleges cronyism, nepotism and ethics violations on the part of Monmouth County Tax Administrator Matt Clark, former Tax Commissioner Daniel Kelly and the companies that won the contracts to provide the inspections and appraisals of all Monmouth County properties that are assessed through ADP, Hornik said, “I am heartened by the recent call by the Asbury Park Press for an investigation of the Monmouth County Tax Assessment Demonstration Pilot Program,” said Mayor Hornik. “I have been a vocal critic of this program since its inception, and I expressed, in no uncertain terms, that the program did not fairly and accurately reflect market value, that it inappropriately interfered with local tax assessors and that it had a disproportionate adverse effect on residential and senior citizen property taxpayers.”

Hornik joins Freeholder John Curley in calling for ADP to be suspended and investigated.

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Posted: October 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Elections, John Curley, Jon Hornik, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Board of Taxation, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »