Realty Data Systems (RDS) was contracted to perform interior and exterior property inspections for Eatontown. The inspections will begin in the coming weeks of January 2017.
The inspectors work between 9 a.m. and dusk (Monday-Saturday) unless a homeowner has made an early evening appointment to inspect the interior. All inspectors wear RDS logo shirts and high-visibility vests with “PROPERTY INSPECTOR” printed on the tail, and carry photo ID badges. The inspection consists of taking photographs (with a tablet), knocking on doors to inspect the interior with a homeowner or adult permission, walking the properties (including rear yards) to perform exterior inspection, as well as sketching the structures. If there is no answer at the door, a blue door hanger explaining the purpose of the visit and instructions to contact the inspector for an appointment is left on the door knob (or under a door mat if necessary), and the inspector will continue the exterior inspection, including entering the rear of the property. Inspectors will not go through locked gates, but will enter an unlocked gate/fence to access the rear of the property and verify the sketch of the structure.
The municipality mailed notifications cards to the designated property owners, and my office has the complete list of properties to be inspected. The residents can call Dan Kelly at (732) 276-1451 or Kate at 732-276-4397 with questions.
If you have other questions or require more information, please contact our office at (732) 389-7609.
ASSESSMENT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM – 2017
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS REGARDING INSPECTIONS
I was just inspected in 2015. Why am I being inspected again?
In 2015 Eatontown performed a Revaluation in order to bring the entire town from a fractional assessment to “market value”. The Revaluation was put into effect for the 2016 tax year. During a revaluation ALL properties are inspected.
Starting on January 1st, 2017 the township implemented the first year of the Assessment Demonstration Program. A part of that program is that all properties in town be inspected again over a five year cycle, so from 2017 to 2022 we will be inspecting the entire town ONCE. Anyone inspected in 2017 will not be inspected again until after 2022. The 2016 data is being verified by the data collectors from RDS (the inspection company).
What information is the inspectors gathering?
The Data Collectors will be looking for the same information that was collected during revaluation. The information includes:
– when the house was built
– the type of heating system
– where there is air conditioning
– number of rooms
– number of bedrooms
– number of bathrooms
– all measurements on the exterior of the house will be confirmed
– They will also take pictures of each house for our data base.
How many inspections will there be in the next five years?
Every property will be inspected ONCE in the next five years.
What happens with the data they collect?
The data that is collected is transmitted to our office for review and after review it is loaded into the data base to insure that we have the most current data.
What happens if I don’t let them in? Can’t you use the data collected in 2015?
It is strongly suggest that you allow the Data Collectors t inspect your property. It is in everyone’s best interest that the data on your property be correct. Many people who did not allow the Revaluation Inspectors into their house had assessments that were incorrect due to data errors. If we can’t inspect the property we will have to estimate what is in there, and that does not guarantee to generate correct data. The estimate is statutorily able to be at the highest potential value for each property. This may cause your assessment to be abnormally high and your tax bill to be accordingly greater than otherwise.
Why are we the first area to be done in the five year cycle?
The vendor (RDS) has a geographic method that they use to do the inspections within the five year cycle. How the inspections are performed is up to RDS. They are required to inspect the entire town within five years. The inspections and who gets inspected are in the hands of RDS.
Please explain the process so that the public can understand.
Process is as follows:
Each town is inspected once every five years.
Each town is reassessed EVERY YEAR to market value from 2016 forward. The entire town was reassessed as of October 2016 and the new assessment postcard notices were sent out in November 2016 informing owners of their 2017 assessments.
The town will be reassessed again to market value as of October 2017, and postcard notices will be sent out in November 2017 informing owners of their 2018 assessments.
The updated inspection data will be incorporated in the 2018 reassessments.
The same process will occur each year going forward.
What is the difference between assessment and reassessment and when do they occur?
A Reassessment is the same as a Revaluation, however, it is performed by Eatontown Assessment Staff, and as part of the Assessment Demonstration Program the Eatontown Assessment Staff will be performing Reassessments on an ANNUAL BASIS.