Residents who lost property in recent fires eligible for tax abatement

- Posted on Mar 09, 2011 - 03:48 PM

Property owners who experienced damage or destruction during recent fires to homes, vehicles or other personal property may be able to receive abatement for tax levies, according to Gloucester County’s Commissioner of the Revenue Kevin Wilson.

Several brush fires, including a large blaze in the Signpine area, consumed about 700 acres on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Wilson said impacted property owners should notify his office to receive abatement for tax levies prorated for the portion of the year the building is not fit for use, occupancy or enjoyment.

According to Gloucester County Code, buildings that are razed, or which have been destroyed or damaged due to natural or accidental events beyond the control of the owner, shall receive abatement for tax levies prorated for the portion of the year the building is not fit for use, occupancy or enjoyment.

To qualify, the destruction or damage to such building must have decreased its value by $500 or more; it must have been rendered unfit for use and occupancy for 30 or more days during the calendar year and the owner of such building (or the owner’s agent) must make application to the commissioner of the revenue for the abatement within six months of the date on which the building was razed, destroyed or damaged.

For more information, call 693-3451 or e-mail cor@gloucesterva.info. Property owners should provide complete details of the damage, including any possible insurance claims being made.