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Reassessment team making progress on improving accuracy

Gloucester supervisors recently received some good news on how the county’s in-house reassessment team is doing to make the upcoming 2015 reassessment more accurate.

County assessor Derek Green, who has been leading the department for the past year and a half, updated his department’s progress during a meeting held last Wednesday in the colonial courthouse.

One of the issues the department has been working on, Green said, is correcting how outbuildings are assessed. He said when he took the position, there were 5,000 different types of outbuildings listed in the county’s reassessment software, and he had over 38,000 records to correct. "That was an astronomical number," Green said.

He said features like riprap, jetties, and bulkheads were treated as outbuildings in the old system, each with its own set value. "I had to ask myself, ‘Why are we assigning value to these,’" Green said. "Instead, we should be subtracting value from properties that don&r...

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