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Letter: Assessment office going down a familiar path

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Mr. Compton, Gloucester County’s newly appointed assessor, is on the same path as his predecessor. The Real Estate Assessment Office is living in a world of always new and better computer models, dreaming of new $75,000 Pictograph software, generating excuses about short staffing, and deadlines they can’t meet.

The goal of the office should be to do the best assessment possible, within the time available, with the tools and staff available. No assessment is going to be 100 percent perfect. However, each assessment should be more accurate than the previous one, building on the best data available.

At the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Oct. 18, Mr. Compton indicated he did not have the staff to update the database to include the Board of Equalization resolution of the 1,600 appeals from the previous assessment. This should be the top priority of the assessor’s office. It is not rocket science, or glamorous—it is simple data...

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