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Bergenfield to Review Inconsistencies in Residential Tax Assessments

In 2016, Bergenfield rolled out a new garbage collection program that would use town-issued cans to be picked up by garbage trucks equipped with mechanical arms, with an aim to increase productivity for public works employees. However, a discrepancy was found in sizes of the homes and what the town had on file. For houses with more than three bedrooms, families were entitled to a second can. When someone whose record indicated they had two or three bedrooms called to request an additional can, explaining that they had more than three bedrooms in their home, the town official would make a note to send the information to the tax assessor. When the town found that this occurred more than they accounted for, they went to the building department and found a lapse between construction projects and new tax assessments. “This is an issue that impacts houses in all four quadrants,” said Corey Gallo, Bergenfield’s borough administrator. He explained that most of these discrepancies were discovered in 2016, as a direct result of the garbage can rollout. The review is set to be completed before October 1, 2017, which will allow adjusted property taxes to be collected for 2016 and 2017. “This is an inquiry to recover lost funds,” said Gallo.

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