As part of the ongoing Annual Reassessment Program in the Town of Bergen, the Assessor’s office will be reviewing and analyzing the assessments of each property in the Town. According to the Real Property Tax Law, all property assessments must be valued at the same uniform percentage. The Town of Bergen assessments are at a uniform percentage of 100% of market value. In order to maintain fair and equitable assessments according to the tax laws annual reassessment must be performed.
Important Dates in the Assessment Cycle
March 1st: Taxable Status Date - D eadline for filing exemption applications
May 1st: Tentative Assessment Roll is filed
4th Tuesday in May: Grievance Day - Board of Assessment Review meets to hear all properly filed complaints regarding assessments
July 1st: Final Assessment Roll is filed - The assessed value for each property on the final roll is used for tax purposes for the next year
THE PROCESS -
Beginning in April:
- New preliminary assessed values
- Current assessment (the value used on your current tax bill)
AFTER MAY 1
1. Reports: Residential sales and property inventories will be published and available for inspection at the Assessor's Office.
2. Internet Access: The assessment and sales information will be on the Internet.
- Verify property information
- Review inventory data on an individual property
- Review current sales information
- Analyze sales information about similar properties
3. Assessment Information Classes: Understand the Annual Reassessment process and provide the proper information regarding avenues of relief.
In comparing similar sales it is important to remember that location, style, age and size are critical to the comparison process. For example: if you purchased your home for $200,000 on a particular street or neighborhood DO NOT look for homes that sell for $150,000 in other neighborhoods or compare a 5 year old house with a 50 year old house. PLEASE BE REALISTIC.
INFORMAL REVIEW PROCESS
The Assessor's Office will continue to offer property owners an Informal Review Process. If you feel your assessment is incorrect then you must provide the Assessor with reasonable information, based on market sales, that supports your opinion of market value.
THE GOAL OF THE ASSESSOR’S OFFICE IS TO DETERMINE THE FAIR AND EQUITABLE ASSESSMENT FOR YOUR PROPERTY.