Toms River Council Meets Tuesday

Two ordinances on the agenda

The Toms River Township Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. July 10 in l, for its regularly scheduled meeting.

On the agenda so far is an ordinance to spend $175,000 on a hybrid reassessment, in other words, a neighborhood's reassessment due to widespread successful tax appeals.

Township Administrator Paul Shives said previously that the township is required to complete the reassessment once enough properties in a neighborhood successfully appeal. With many neighborhoods now needing the hybrid reassessment, the effects of the tax appeals continue to affect the township, Shives said.

It's happened due to falling property values and tax assessments, and now Toms River must embark on the hybrid reassessment to "make current a previous revaluation program of the Township," according to the proposed ordinance.

The complete agenda is available online, here.

Township council members and Mayor Thomas Kelaher have a comments section to the meeting where the officials might give reports on township activities.

However, if you can't make the meeting, you can view the broadcast live on the township website.

SB Girl July 10, 2012 at 01:20 PM
When the headline refers to 2 ordinances and the article only speaks to 1...and then you look at the agenda and see way more than 2 ordinances, I wonder about the quality of Patch reporting.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 01:47 PM
That was the case for yesterday's version of the agenda, SB Girl. It is updated regularly. The story posted yesterday afternoon, the agenda could likely see changes throughout today leading up to the meeting. To see the full agenda, head over to the link. Thanks.
Tom McDonnell July 10, 2012 at 09:08 PM
i'm wondering if the highly destructive " 2005 Administrative Court Order" between BT and Hovnanian Industries/Hovson's/HOV, involving the many "debris field" homes built by Hovson's in Tom's River and their cumulative effect on the devaluation of entire areas of homes via the RE practice of 'comparables' affecting nearby "non debris field designated homes will be acknowledged or addressed in any sort of cause/effect relationship in addition to the national trend in falling home values ? since Hovson's was completely 'let off the hook' for any culpability in this travesty they created, specifically directed by an "ACO" provisions itself, if the elegible home owners' hadn't "registered" by 5/10/2010. i have to wonder who will be left to pay for the Twp's 'largess' as more buried pine trees continue to rot under our feet and undermine/destabilize more 'unregistered' homes' foundations ? i have little doubt few home owners' have any idea of what i'm speaking about though they may wish to inform themselves, albeit a bit too late ? speaking from 'vast' experience in this area i can say even getting simple details (including 'registered' home owners) related to this 'time bomb' will be a steep uphill struggle. Tom McDonnell
Tired of the status quo July 11, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I attended my very first Council meeting tonight in Toms River, and this meeting just may very well be my LAST! There was a woman who got up to speak and before she asked any of her questions she made a request that the Council not answer until she was finished asking hers, due to the fact that there is supposedly a 5 minute time limit. As she was asking her question there was a Council member whom I believe to be Councilman Whitman who reached over to grab the Council President's microphone and then started lecturing this resident about how she was trying to take more than 5 minutes of their time. In my opinion this man was very condescending to this resident. The last time I looked these people were elected to do the work of ALL THE RESIDENTS not just the residents who come up to the microphone and sing the praises of the Council and the Mayor. This woman was so upset that she had to leave the meeting, What is wrong with the Council President? Is it not his job to take control of the way that these meetings are to be run? Any organizations or neighborhood watch meetings that I have attended in the past have a "chairperson" to whom any questions are to be addressed and if a person has a question for a specific person it is to be asked through the chairperson. Am I wrong? Does Toms River not have to abide by Roberts Rules? Perhaps the residents of this township pull their heads out of their butts (to be continued)
Tired of the status quo July 11, 2012 at 03:45 AM
and see that there needs not only to be a change with the member of the BOE who are up for reelection but, that there needs to be a change with members of this Council. There are some of these people who seem to forget that these people who attend these meeting only have (if I am not mistaken and if I am mistaken I am apologizing now) 10 minutes a month to voice their concerns with issues that they feel are important to this township! Is there something wrong with these people asking questions? Do any of you sitting members have anything to hide? Are you afraid because a former member of the Council was just indited? Here we go again Toms River is getting another black eye for having another corrupt politician. I guess this is just the way Toms River goes!
Robert Bressman July 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM
They send out your reassessment card with the same value on it from 2008 and somehow think in 2012 your property is worth same? If that isn't a joke , what is?
Martin July 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM
It's high time the outdated property tax assessments were replaced by current "fair market values." Then each of us would be paying taxes based on true evaluations of our homes. Look at your own assessment. It's far from the reality of 2012. If the thousands of incorrect figures aren't corrected soon, the township will face thousands more costly tax appeals. Mayor and council, re-evaluate the whole township for the sake of fairness and saving the expense of numerous appeals.
Mike L July 11, 2012 at 03:10 PM
News Flash The New Toms River Taxes are now listed on the towns web site....."Read and Weep" and the "little" they all talked about has increasted my taxes for the year so far an additinal $280.00....time to leave the coruption, the old guard got theres and now the new guard want there share!
teatleytea July 11, 2012 at 04:01 PM
According to an article that I read here on the Patch the township is going to be doing an inside re-evaluation on the values of the homes in the township.
Robert Bressman July 11, 2012 at 06:41 PM
So they do the Hybrid assessments, they bring everyone's assessment down and then raise the tax rate, they have to do this because they never stopped spending even after realizing that our homes weren't worth what the post card they were sending out said what it was worth. The other problem will be, the lower assessments will mean a lower amount collected for open space, which will mean less money to take care of the Girls softball field, then what?
So Much to Say July 11, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Where is this "time bomb" you're referring to? I never heard of this.
Nancy Peterson July 11, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I agree with you. I also was at the meeting and I am disgusted with the disrespect shown. It was way over the line... She deserves an apology. We all have to work actively to get rid of the corrupt and the high and mighty politicians in this town. They forgot that that they work for us! Join us, Help us! Ocean County Citizens for Freedom! www.oceancountycitizens4freedom.com


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