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Councilman Elmarassy Among Those Who Filed Tax Appeals

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Published: August 7, 2016 @ 9:00 AM EDT
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Fourth Ward Councilman Mohamed ‘Gino’ Elmarassy – who voted in 2014 to approve both the revaluation and the firm that conducted it – was one of 22 property owners in the borough to file what is commonly known as a tax appeal for their 2016 assessments.

Resolution 171-16 formally put on the record the total amount that was reduced due to the 22 successful appeals which was $32,793.66.

Even though it is called a tax appeal, what people are actually appealing is the assessed value of their property. The tax rate remains the same and the reduced assessment is multiplied by the tax rate – this year it is $3.811 – to arrive at the new property taxes.

A new tax rate was arrived at after the municipality conducted a townwide revaluation of all property values in the borough after not having one done in over 40 years. Previous news articles in Roselle Park News provide information on the process and result of that townwide revaluation.

The reduction in property taxes ranged from $270 to $4,462.68 – a 38% cut in property taxes.

BlockLotAddressName
Assessed
Taxes
New
Taxes
Reduced
Taxes (%)
Reduced
Taxes ($)
1097629 Faitoute AvenueEstate of Elsa Motzer c/o P. Jacobs (Executor)
$9,763.78
$8,780.54
10%
$983.24
1214515 Beechwood AvenueAnthony Manley
$10,758.45
$10,099.15
6%
$659.30
20621128 Bridge StreetMarco T. & Adrianna Gonzalez
$9,577.04
$8,955.85
6%
$621.19
20630541 Westfield Avenue WestDario Muscaritolo
$11,604.50
$7,141.81
38%
$4,462.68
30129351 Seaton AvenueDonato & Josephine Melchionna
$15,827.08
$12,317.15
22%
$3,509.93
30323303 Seaton AvenueJohn & Geraldine Gura
$10,369.73
$9,923.84
4%
$445.89
41112720 Elm StreetEmil & Kathleen Hrycenko
$11,196.72
$10,926.14
2%
$270.58
41415721 Willis PlaceJulia A. Tamayo
$8,509.96
$7,355.23
14%
$1,154.73
5123171 Grant Avenuew WestMohamed S. Elmarassy
$9,340.76
$8,193.65
12%
$1,147.11
7015821 Chestnut StreetFrancis J. & Cathleen Ann Bellomo
c$12,065.63
$10,899.46
10%
$1,166.17
7025835 Walnut AvenueBeverly A. DeMarzo
$10,346.87
$9,146.40
12%
$1,200.47
7065721 Hamilton PlaceDeborah Brunette
$12,416.24
$10,263.02
17%
$2,153.22
80212126 Lincoln Avenue EastWilliam M. & Maria F. Perez
$10,259.21
$9,154.02
11%
$1,105.19
80233165 Webster Avenue EastKazimierz & Agata L. Krowicki
$12,332.40
$11,433.00
7%
$899.40
8035521 Spruce StreetKevin & Geri Leary
$11,269.13
$10,461.20
7%
$807.93
8042633 Clay Avenue EastDonna Graves
$16,543.55
$12,107.55
27%
$4,436.00
81114314 Hemlock StreetVipul & Nimisha Patel
$13,323.26
$10,827.05
19%
$2,496.21
90324160 Grant Avenue EastFederal National Mortgage Assoc.
$11,844.59
$10,285.89
13%
$1,558.70
10077429 Sheridan AvenueColleen Kelly & Brian Scott
$11,711.20
$10,727.97
8%
$983.24
10098500 Lincoln Avenue EastWilliam & Jessica H. Gottschalk
$9,489.39
$9,134.97
4%
$354.42
101124315 Grant Avenue EastClaudia Gorr & Tim Wirkus
$10,968.06
$10,110.58
8%
$857.48
101612471 Elinor AvenueJose & Jamie Aravena
$12,000.84
$10,480.25
13%
$1,520.59
TOTALS
$251,518.38
$218,724.72
13%
$32,793.66

In reviewing the appealed assessments listed below, it appears that some high assessed values were due to certain homeowners denying Realty Appraisal Company – the firm that conducted the appraisal – entry into their home to conduct an inspection. As a result, the firm placed the highest allowable assessment on the property. Now those property owners as well as others are calling the tax assessor’s office, their council representatives, and the mayor complaining about their high taxes.

BlockLotAddressName
Original
Assessment
Judgment
Assessment
Reduced
Assessment
1097629 Faitoute AvenueEstate of Elsa Motzer c/o P. Jacobs (Executor)
$256,200.00
$230,400.00
$25,800.00
1214515 Beechwood AvenueAnthony Manley
$282,300.00
$265,000.00
$17,300.00
20621128 Bridge StreetMarco T. & Adrianna Gonzalez
$251,300.00
$235,000.00
$16,300.00
20630541 Westfield Avenue WestDario Muscaritolo
$304,500.00
$187,400.00
$117,100.00
30129351 Seaton AvenueDonato & Josephine Melchionna
$415,300.00
$323,200.00
$92,100.00
30323303 Seaton AvenueJohn & Geraldine Gura
$272,100.00
$260,400.00
$11,700.00
41112720 Elm StreetEmil & Kathleen Hrycenko
$293,800.00
$286,700.00
$7,100.00
41415721 Willis PlaceJulia A. Tamayo
$223,300.00
$193,000.00
$30,300.00
5123171 Grant Avenuew WestMohamed S. Elmarassy
$245,100.00
$215,000.00
$30,100.00
7015821 Chestnut StreetFrancis J. & Cathleen Ann Bellomo
$316,600.00
$286,000.00
$30,600.00
7025835 Walnut AvenueBeverly A. DeMarzo
$271,500.00
$240,000.00
$31,500.00
7065721 Hamilton PlaceDeborah Brunette
$325,800.00
$269,300.00
$56,500.00
80212126 Lincoln Avenue EastWilliam M. & Maria F. Perez
$269,200.00
$240,200.00
$29,000.00
80233165 Webster Avenue EastKazimierz & Agata L. Krowicki
$323,600.00
$300,000.00
$23,600.00
8035521 Spruce StreetKevin & Geri Leary
$295,700.00
$274,500.00
$21,200.00
8042633 Clay Avenue EastDonna Graves
$434,100.00
$317,700.00
$116,400.00
81114314 Hemlock StreetVipul & Nimisha Patel
$349,600.00
$284,100.00
$65,500.00
90324160 Grant Avenue EastFederal National Mortgage Association
$310,800.00
$269,900.00
$40,900.00
10077429 Sheridan AvenueColleen Kelly & Brian Scott
$307,300.00
$281,500.00
$25,800.00
10098500 Lincoln Avenue EastWilliam & Jessica H. Gottschalk
$249,000.00
$239,700.00
$9,300.00
101124315 Grant Avenue EastClaudia Gorr & Tim Wirkus
$287,800.00
$265,300.00
$22,500.00
101612471 Elinor AvenueJose & Jamie Aravena
$314,900.00
$275,000.00
$39,900.00
TOTALS
$6,599,800.00
$5,739,300.00
$860,500.00

Gail Scaglione, the Borough Tax Assessor, stated that a total of 82 homeowners refused Realty Appraisal Company entry to their property for inspection during the townwide revaluation last year.

Homeowners who wish to appeal their assessments to get a reduction in their taxes will have to wait until April of 2017

Repeated calls made to Councilman Elmarassy on his borough-paid cellphone, (908) 666-3084, for a comment went straight to voice mail.