Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

City Tax Appeals Dwindle in Wake of Revaluation

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

City Tax Appeals Dwindle in Wake of Revaluation

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PATERSON -- More than 2,900 Paterson property owners filed tax appeals this year -- far fewer than the record number of appeals that were filed before the 2015 revaluation, city officials said.

Before the revaluation, there were years in which as many as 8,000 people filed appeals, representing more than a third of the city's property owners.

Tax Assessor Richard Marra said the reduction seemed to confirm officials' contention last year that the revaluation produced a more equitable distribution of the tax burden.

Mayor Joey Torres' administration has said that taxes stayed the same or were reduced as a result of the revaluation for about two- thirds of city property owners.

Last summer, when the first wave of tax bills was issued after the inclusion of the values from the revaluation, dozens of angry homeowners protested at City Hall, saying their taxes went up by staggering amounts. …

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