Montclair’s tax assessment poses some taxing questions. A reader writes…
I had some questions about the current Montclair tax assessment and called Appraisal Systems Inc. at (201) 493-7300. Spoke to Janine, who at some point said:”I have to end this call now” and provided
less than helpful information. She told me to call the Montclair tax assessor’s office for all information (!!!???). I immediately asked to speak to her supervisor, who was called Fran.
Fran answered my question about the field Inspectors’ training and qualifications as follows: Some of them have an appraiser license. Some of them are in the process of getting one. Some of them are unlicensed.They fill out the record cards and take them back to the office where the licensed appraisers review the data and come up with the appraisal value.
I asked Fran for written guidelines that the field inspectors have to use. Answer: there are none.
I was told the field inspectors measure the outside of the house, count the rooms and grade the condition (on a scale fair-average- excellent).
I was shocked…this compares in medicine to have an unlicensed aide examine a patient, give the written data to a licensed physician and have the doc come up with a diagnosis. It is SCARY. It is even more scary to consider that I will have to pay 100,000 $ or even more over the next five years to the town to live in my own home, depending on what these unlicensed field inspectors write on their record cards.
I called the Montclair Tax Assessor’s office and spoke to Joanne. I told her about my concerns and she referred me to ask all these questions at the public meeting on June 15.