The Township of Upper, as a result of an order by the Cape May County Tax Board, has contracted with Vital Communications, Inc. of Trenton, New Jersey to perform a complete revaluation of all real property with the Township of Upper. Vital Communications, Inc. presently provides services to over 300 municipalities in the State of New Jersey.

 

The revaluation program is the task of measuring, inspecting and collecting data for all properties in the Township of Upper, and then estimating the current fair market value of those properties. In New Jersey, properties are to be assessed at 100% of value as of October 1st of the pre-tax year. The estimate of the current fair market value of all properties will be as October 1, 2014 and will become the tax assessment for the 2015 tax year.

The revaluation is not being conducted to raise money for the Township, the County of Cape May or the State of New Jersey. The sole purpose is to estimate a fair market value for each property, thereby equitably distributing real estate taxes. During the revaluation program, all properties are physically inspected and outside building dimensions are noted, to help insure the same standard of value. This achieves the purpose of equalizing property assessments, and therefore equalizing property taxes.

A notice will be mailed to each property owner in the Township prior to a field representative visiting their neighborhood, advising them that they should expect such a visit in a few months. Property owners are requested to allow access to the property for inspection of the interior. Exterior measurements of all buildings will be taken. All employees of Vital Communications, Inc. will have a photo identification badge and letter of identification signed by Township officials. Residents should ask to see these documents prior to allowing the interior inspection of their property. All Vital employees and their automobile descriptions will be registered with the State police.

Upon final review of all data and calculations, the revaluation firm will mail to each property owner a notice advising them of their new assessed value. The notice will also explain how to arrange for a personal, informal review to discuss the proposed assessment with a representative of Vital Communications, Inc.

Once the revaluation program is completed, the new tax rate for the 2015 tax year will not be determined until the new assessments are filed with the County Board of Taxation and operating budgets for schools, county and local government are fixed. Budgets are not completed until several months after filing the tax list. You should not apply the 2014 tax rate to your new assessment. The 2015 tax rate will be different.

Vital Communications, Inc. would like to thank the residents of the Township of Upper for their anticipated courtesy and cooperation.

The Township will also be updating their website with information in regards to the revaluation check www.uppertownship.com. You can also like us on our Facebook page, Upper Township.