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Mayor Proposes Revaluation in 2013

Mayor David Stahl proposed a revaluation of East Brunswick in his State of the Township address Monday night.

East Brunswick may see a township-wide revaluation this year, if the council agrees with suggestions made by Mayor David Stahl on Monday night.

During his State of the Township address, revaluation was one of four points Stahl specifically touched upon as a focus area for the coming year.

Over the past four years, a loss in property values in East Brunswick has resulted in a budget shortfall of $2 million, Stahl said.

"That necessitates the need to raise municipal taxes to make up for this shortfall," he said. "In my opinion, this can't continue."

East Brunswick has not had a revaluation since 1983, he said.

Stahl acknowledged that revaluation is an unpopular topic among both residents and politicians alike, but said it was a matter of fairness.

Tax appeal refunds chip away at an already shrinking tax base, he said. Revaluation will help to end the loss of funds.

"We must ensure that the proper value is assessed to our homes and the distribution of costs are spread correctly," he said.

To view Stahl's State of the Township address and read the transcript of his speech, click here.

Tell us: Do you think revaluation is the answer to making up budget losses in East Brunswick?

Eloise February 03, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Chris and John, there are already many empty +3,000 SF homes along this section of Riva Ave and they aren't selling. There are even more undeveloped lots on those same roads off this section of Riva, because the developers know there's no use building there, because there are no buyers. So, why would you want to have more vacant lots sitting there? The people who bought homes in this community did so with the knowledge of that land being farmland and might prefer to keep it that way.
Christopher February 03, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Houses aren't selling over there because they're all overpriced and most are still stuck in the 80s.
John Romano February 03, 2013 at 07:30 PM
....Eloise ....it's perfectly fine, dandy and I may add ...wondrous, that some people want that land to remain as farmland. However, I don't want it to be farmland that will in any manner, shape, or form, add to MY tax burden..not one penny! And...by the town taking possession of it ...that's exactly what it's become. Will we be told at some opportune juncture that "the town" is going to lease the land in some manner and then reap a positive return on the investment that will offset tax burdens elsewhere? Of course we will ...."the town" always knows what will work and what is best for us ...just look how we all get that warm & fuzzy feeling when the words "Golden Triangle" are uttered.
disgusted resident February 05, 2013 at 07:06 AM
raising our taxes...can't even get recycling calendars..costs township too much to print & send out..WTH. Disgusting.....
Norman March 09, 2013 at 02:34 PM
disgusted resident...you are pissed off because you cannot get a recycling calendar.....are you serious? Here is a solution for you...just stick your head out of a window and look for those blue and yellow containers your neighbors place at the curb and follow the herd.... Better yet here is a link to the monthly calendar...try hitting the "print" key and you will have an instant copy....http://www.eastbrunswick.org/filestorage/202/285/1957/March_2013_Recycling_&_Solid_Waste_Calendar_Revised.pdf

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