Only 12 appeal cases for county’s BOE
Gloucester’s Board of Equalization will have a short season this year, as it will have to hear only 12 appeals regarding the county’s 2017 reassessment. The deadline for applications to be turned in for BOE appeals was Feb. 1.
“I have tremendous news—perhaps historic,” said county assessor Derek Green in an e-mail to the county’s board of supervisors notifying them of the low number of appeals. “I think it goes without saying that we are very pleased with this outcome and it really shows the support of the community,” Green said.
According to Green, the number of BOE appeals from the previous reassessment in 2015 decreased 94 percent. That year, the BOE heard 160 cases.
Following the 2010 reassessment, there were 1,588 BOE appeals, and in 2006, there were 4,000 BOE appeals where property values were changed from their original assessed values. However, he said records maintained by the BOE indicate the numbers of parcels actually reviewed in 2006 were much higher than that, with a net total increase of parcel values in excess of $65 million.
“The last two reassessments have seen a minimum of a 90 percent decrease in volume,” which is staggering,” Green said. “Clearly, the community deserves the most credit here as this indicates public trust is at near-maximum levels.”
“I would say that the reduction we’ve seen in Board of Equalization cases from 4,000 in 2010 down to only 12 in 2017, in just two assessment cycles, is nothing short of fantastic,” added Gloucester’s County Administrator Brent Fedors. “I believe that it not only demonstrates the quality of our assessment process, but also the quality of our assessor and the confidence that our citizens have that their properties are fairly and uniformly valued.”