Gloucester supervisors vote to extend reassessment two years

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Feb 08, 2012 - 03:56 PM

Photo: Members of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors toured a number of different county facilities on Tuesday afternoon, including Page Middle School. Inside the school, from left, supervisor J.J. Orth, assistant school superintendent John Hutchinson, and supervisors Chris Hutson, Louise Theberge, Ashley Chriscoe, John Northstein and Carter Borden, get a first-hand look at the damage to the structure caused by the April 16, 2011 tornado. In the top of the photo, the clock on the wall inside the Page classroom still shows 7:05, the time just before the tornado struck the school that night. The two county boards are currently working out plans for the replacement of this school building. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

Members of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors toured a number of different county facilities on Tuesday afternoon, including Page Middle School. Inside the school, from left, supervisor J.J. Orth, assistant school superintendent John Hutchinson, and supervisors Chris Hutson, Louise Theberge, Ashley Chriscoe, John Northstein and Carter Borden, get a first-hand look at the damage to the structure caused by the April 16, 2011 tornado. In the top of the photo, the clock on the wall inside the Page classroom still shows 7:05, the time just before the tornado struck the school that night. The two county boards are currently working out plans for the replacement of this school building. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

After much debate, the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted 4-3 Tuesday night during its meeting in the colonial courthouse to extend Gloucester’s next reassessment completion date from Jan. 1, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2015.

York district supervisor Carter Borden, at-large supervisor Ashley Chriscoe and Ware district supervisor Andy James voted against extending the date, saying the county should stay on track with the Jan. 1, 2013 completion date for the next reassessment.

According to county administrator Brenda Garton, the extra time will allow the county to continue on the path of a fully-staffed, in-house reassessment using new software the county has purchased such as Pictometry, as well as new methodology. Funding for all of the vacant positions to be filled in the county’s reassessment department is accounted for in the current budget, Garton said.

"If we go forward with a good, quality reassessment with more accurate data, we will better serve our constituents," said at-large supervisor Louise Theberge.