John Pallone to run for mayor

Long Branch — On Tuesday, Councilman and small business owner John Pallone declared as a candidate for Long Branch Mayor. The election, which will be held on May 8, is for both Mayor and Council.

Pallone for mayor, Celli, Dangler, Widdis, Vieira and Voogt as team for council

Pallone had been expected to enter the race, but this announcement makes it official. Pallone is the first candidate to declare with a full slate of five council candidates. They are running under the slogan “Long Branch First.”

Pallone is running with Council candidates Dr. Mary Jane Celli, Bill Dangler, Rose DeMarco Widdis, Mario Vieira and Dr. Anita Voogt, who together represent years of experience in community service, education, and business.

“My running mates are leaders, people who are respected and trusted, with the ability to bring people together and get things done. They reflect the strength and expertise of the Long Branch community,” said Pallone.

Council Candidate Dr. Mary Jane Celli commented, “Each and every one of us will use our unique perspective and experience to solve the problems of Long Branch. Collectively, we are educators, veterans, business owners, parents, union members, volunteers and community leaders. We serve on the school board and PTA, raise money for local charities and are working to improve our neighborhoods.”

Pallone and his running mates described some of the issues they will emphasize in the upcoming campaign.

Pallone explained, “We need to do a better job negotiating agreements with developers. As mayor, I will go to the negotiating table and always put the interests of Long Branch first. I will only support agreements that benefit all of Long Branch and I will make sure Long Branch jobs go to Long Branch residents.

Continued Pallone, “Development in Long Branch must not focus on the oceanfront only. We need a mayor and council who will look out for the entire community.”

Pallone and his team also pointed to examples of wasteful spending, such as the attempt to purchase “hi-tech” trash cans for $8,000 per can. The $266,000 purchase was blocked by Councilman Pallone.

Bill Dangler commented, “Taxpayers work hard for their money. Our team will work hard to make sure it isn’t wasted.”

Another issue put forward by the Pallone team is the need to clean up abandoned properties. Council Candidate Rose DeMarco Widdis commented, “Abandoned properties and absentee landlords are destroying the character of our neighborhoods. If the landlords and banks won’t clean up the properties we will ­– then we will send them the bill.”

The election will be held on May 8, and polls will be open 6 a.m to 8 p.m.
Pallone will be challenging incumbent Mayor Adam Schneider, who announced he would be running for another term in May. Schneider’s team includes incumbent councilmembers Joy Bastelli, Kate Billings, and Michael Sirianni and  Adam Ponsi.

Pallone team background
John Pallone

Long Branch City Council Member; Vice-President, Long Branch Public Library Board of Trustees; Volunteer EMT, Long Branch & Elberon First Aid Squads; Vice-President, Gregory School PTA; Graduate of NYU and City University (Masters in Public Administration); Active Member of Holy Name Society, Christ the King Parish in Long Branch; Small Business Owner, media production company; Lifelong resident of Long Branch

Dr. Mary Jane Celli
Long Branch Councilwoman (1994 to present); Korean War Veteran, United State Air Force; Member, VFW, Elks, Korean War Veteran Post 216, American Legion; Doctorate from Temple University, Masters from University of Virginia; Past President, Long Branch Woman’s Club; Past President, NJ Federation of National Active and Retired Federal Employees; Christ the King parishioner and member of Rosary Altar Society

Bill Dangler
Long Branch School Board President, Member (2006-present); Senior Investigator, Monmouth County Division of Social Services; President, Long Branch NAACP (2000-present); Member, 2nd Baptist Church of Long Branch; Coach and Board Member, Long Branch Pop Warner; Volunteer, Band Parents Association (2005-2009); Lifelong resident of Long Branch

Rose DeMarco Widdis
Member and Past President, Long Branch Board of Education; Star of the Sea Church Lector, 1984-2003 ; Latino American Society of Monmouth, 2017 Honoree; PTO/A Community Council Past President; Office manager and bookkeeper, local accounting firm; Lifelong resident of Long Branch

Mario Vieira
Union Mason and Foreman, Bricklayers Local 4; Past President and Member, Long Branch Portuguese Club; Coach, Long Branch Traveling Soccer (2001-2007); Vice President, Chop Riderz; Parishioner, Christ of King Parish in Long Branch; 43 Year Resident of Long Branch

Dr. Anita Voogt
Executive Dean, Brookdale Community College; Senior Executive, Brookdale Education Center at Long Branch ; Board Member, Oceanview Towers Condo Association; Member, Save Ocean Ave, supporting boardwalk safety and recreation; World’s Quiet Hero Award, Heroic Imagination Project (2013); 17 Year Resident of Long Branch

Long Branch Rotary Club honors DPW

By Patty Booth O’Neill
No one was more surprised by the Greater Long Branch Rotary Club honoring the Long Branch Department of Public Works than employees of the DPW.

The reactions were priceless as Ronnie Guidetti Jr. shows when he won a free night at the Bungalow in Pier Village. Rotary President Luciana Silva was just as happy.

“When I got the call from Luciana Silva (Rotary President) I wasn’t sure if she had the right department,” said  Stan Dziuba, Director of Public Works. He said that usually when they get a call, it’s a complaint. “In my 17 years working with Public Works, I don’t ever remember being honored the way the
Rotary did.”



Held at Branches  in West Long Branch, department members were treated to dinner, prizes and a night of dancing and entertainment.

When Luciana was asked why she chose to honor the DPW, the answer came easy for her. “I always believe they are essential but no one sees how essential they are. I like the job they do and I realize we need them so much. I see them working on the street and they are so happy.”

Mayor Adam Schneider was impressed by the event and how much support the DPW got. “It was a wonderful event. The Rotary and Luciana were extremely generous,” Schneider said.

He added that just as important was the thoughtfulness that went into acknowledging the department. He said the  DPW was very appreciative. “Those guys deserved it, and the Rotary Club recognized that,”  Schneider said.
Employees received a ticket at the door and their names were called out during the evening to win prizes.

“We made sure they won by calling out their names, not numbers,” Luciana said. “We wanted it to be personal, to show them we are here for you, you are so important to us.”

“There were some great prizes,” said Ken Gittell, Rotary Secretary. “There were hardwood floors, gift certificates, cash. Everyone was happy with the prize they won.”

Dziuba said he was amazed at how they put it all together and how many prizes they got for the guys. “When I put up a notice that they were being honored with a dinner, they all asked the same question, ‘Are you sure they got the right place?’ They’re still talking about it at work,” he said.

Silva said that she got so much support and could have had many more prizes.

“Everyone I asked to be a sponsor said yes… I didn’t get one no.”
She said that she still has something in mind for next year. Something bigger and better.

“It was something I was so proud of. My heart was in that project, so I think everyone was happy.”

4 x 500 square ft of hardwood flooring installed
1 night at the Bungalow Hotel
1 Day Spa at Ocean Place
Resort & Spa
2 gifts of $250  cash
2 laptop computers
1 iPhone 8
$1,000 cash
Gift card to Mar Belo
Gift card to Rodeo Grill Restaurant
3 day paid leave from City of Long Branch
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

Prize winners
Steve Check Sr.-Laptop
Steve Check Jr-Money
Scott Sirianni-Money
Maryann Lumia-Headphones
Joe Roselli- Cell Phone
William Colbert- Paid Time Off
Mauro Baldanza- Smoke Alarm Equipment
Dane English- Flooring
Steve Ivory- Flooring
Carlos Guarda- Flooring
John Nappi- Nutri Bullet
Jim Parnell- Gift Card Basket
Lou Delauro- Fine Fare Gift Card
Ronnie Guidetti Jr. – Bungalow/Free Night
Tom Bevacqui- Spa Gift Card
Greg Young- Money
Ernesto Rivera-Flooring

Buhler Ford, Family One Construction, Rotary Club, BR Help Center

Rich background goes into Radon’s first album

By Neil Schulman

Long Branch — Nicole Radon was in the city a few weeks ago, taking publicity photos for debut EP, Surrender, which was recently released.

Nicole Radon has just released her first album, “Surrender.” (Melissa Hernandez photo)

Radon has always loved music — “I sang my entire life growing up,” she recalled. But she put her musical plans on hold when she went to college, since she got in on a gymnastics scholarship. For four years she competed in championships, but promised herself she “would get right back into singing.”

And music is in her family. Her brother is a prizewinning professional ballroom dancer. Her uncle was known as the Polka King.

Entering the music industry has been an exciting and fast experience.

“It was last March that I had signed with Totally Square Records,” she recalled. She’d gone to an audition and both sides thought they’d be great with each other.

“It was great. We clicked. It felt right,” she said.

She spent the time writing, and getting music together.

While she auditioned as an “Indy Blues” singer, Surrender is filled with the sounds of Electronic Dance Music and Pop. Radon says she’s very happy with the sound.

“It’s a fun beat. They can play that anywhere,” she said.

But there’s a much deeper influence to it. Radon says that the songs of Nora Jones, Karen Dalton and others inform her work.

“I still keep a little Billie Holiday in me when I sing,” she said.

Her new album is being well received. A&R Factory (Artist and Repetoir) called Surrender “The New Face of Pop.”

“Solid beats, intricate soundscapes and a vibrant verse build the anticipation before a truly monumental chorus delivers everything you want from a pop record. When it hits the pay-off it is big, bombastic, infectious and memorable,” it says of the album.

Surrender is available at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other sites. For more information, and to hear her songs, visit­nicole-radon.


Tisony wrestles Spartans into state finals

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr
One of the smallest, lightest wrestlers on the Ocean Township squad had the entire weight of his team, season and history of the program on his shoulders last Wednesday night. Going into the final match at 113 pounds, both Ocean and Rahway were dead even at 28 points in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 3 semifinals.
You couldn’t tell by looking at Tisony that he had so much weight on his frame, as the junior had an ice cold demur and a determined stare in his eyes. And it paid off as he took the 15-0 technical fall victory at 5:05 giving the number two seed Ocean a 33-28 win over Rahway, the six seed, who upset the third seed Hopewell Valley in the quarterfinals.
Here is the match results of the semifinals against Rahway.
120 pounds, Chris Dalmau (R) beat Adam Manzo (LB) 7-3

126 pounds, Jack Nies (OT) pinned Corey Boss at 5:14

132 pounds, Alex Poniros (OT) pinned Antonio Dalmau at 2:21

138 pounds, Saif Ali (OT) beat Antonio Santoni 6-2

145 pounds, Jake Benner (OT) pinned Ecclesiaste Saint Fleur at 0:23

152 pounds, Rhis Royster (R) pinned Jaron Gordon (OT) at 1:04

160 pounds, Jason Winters (R) pinned Emerson Derose at 3:15

170 pounds, Anthony Esposito (OT) beat Sam Doroelan 8-6

182 pounds, Emilio Cordova (R) major decision 14-3 over Ryan Moran (OT)

195 pounds, Shimei Page (R) beat Dino Poniros (OT) 10-3
220 pounds, Joshua Darisme (R) beat Christian Wilson 7-1

285 pounds, Valdamir Lee (R) beat John Teresi (OT) 5-3

106 pounds, Demetri Poniros (OT) major decision 8-0 over Manongsong Randolph

113 pounds, William Tisony (OT) technical fall win 15-0 over Kaelan Francois at 5:05
In the opening quarter round of the tournament Ocean hosted seventh seed Somerville and beat them 45-21, here are those results.
138 pounds, Saif Ali (OT) beat Gian Mena 6-5

145 pounds, Dereck Benitez (OT) pinned Christian Neves at 2:30

152 pounds, Jake Benner (OT) technical fall 15-0 win over Brendan Aldrich at 4:09

160 pounds, Anthony Esposito (OT) technical fall 16-1 win over Will McIntyre at 5:55

170 pounds, Jordan Malanga (S) beat Ryan Moran (OT) 10-5

182 pounds, Andrew Diodato (S) pinned Brandon Tracey (OT) 2:09

195 pounds, Hamza Akel (S) beat Dino Poniros (OT) 14-9

220 pounds, Christian Wilson (OT) pinned Jacob Dabrowski at 4:42
285 pounds Jacob Pidgeon (S) pinned Joseph Teresi (OT) at 2:42

106 pounds, Demetri Poniros (OT) major decision 12-2 over Tanner Donato

113 pounds, William Tisony (OT) major decision 8-0 over Nick Chabrak

126 pounds Jack Nies (OT) pinned Jayson Rosales at 1:25

132 pounds, Alex Poniros (OT) pinned Matthew Patella at 3:30
Ocean Township at the top seed South Plainfield for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 3 finals lost 54-6. The only Spartan winning was Tisony at 113 pounds with a pin.

Al Gore ‘Climate Change College’ graduates speak

Pat and Steve Miller, graduates of Al Gore’s training program on climate change, will provide recent examples of problems caused by climate change, steps that are being taken to counter these problems, and why the future still looks hopeful, in a talk at 6 p.m, Monday, Feb. 26 at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft.

They also will discuss the roll-out of the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” campaign to control climate change.

Pat and Steve were trained as climate reality leaders last year in a three-day training program given personally by Al Gore. They are both retired Bell Labs engineers. Pat Miller is co-president of the Northern Monmouth County Branch of AAUW and  Steve Miller is climate chair for the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Club .

The ”Science Monday” talks, sponsored by BCC and the Jersey Shore Sierra Club, are open to the general public, the BCC Environmental Club and students, and other environmental organizations. The lectures are hosted by BCC’s Environmental Club to inform students and the community on the science that supports the importance of strong environmental protections.

A pizza and subs buffet begins at 6 p.m. in Warner Student Life Center (SLC) Twin Lights Rooms I and II, and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The New Tax Law: How did I make out?

By Frank Mango
As most of us now know on December 22, 2017, President Trump signed The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law. The provisions contained in the new law mark the first major overhaul to our federal tax system since 1986.

Those promoting the new tax law are suggesting that anywhere from “all”, to “most”, to the “average” American will realize a tax decrease. At the same time, some of these same individuals were hedging their statements, by saying that those of us in “high” tax states, such as New Jersey, have been subsidized by those in low tax states and could see a tax increase. Your particular situation depends on the many items that make up your individual tax return. For some there could be some planning opportunities knowing what changes may affect you.

Here are some major provisions of the new tax law.

Corporations maximum tax rate goes from a maximum of 35% down to flat 21%. This can be a good thing for US businesses that use the additional cash to create jobs, raise wages, and boost dividends.

Individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed.

For business income from pass-through entities, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, and S corporations there is a special 20% deduction, but not all business will qualify. The nature and amount of income will determine qualification.

Entertainment expenses for businesses are eliminated as a deduction. Deduction for business meals remain the same.

Individual tax rates have been reduced capping out at 37%. The previous high was 39.5%.

Exemption deductions of $4,050 have been eliminated. As an example, a family of five loses a $20,250 deduction.

State and local tax deduction is limited to $10,000. This includes state income, property, and sales taxes. This item alone will knock many out of having itemized deductions who will then be utilizing the newly expanded standard deduction (Married filing joint – $24,000; Single $12,000).

Employee expenses such as meals and entertainment, and business use of a vehicle have been eliminated. (These are the so-called 2106 expenses).

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was originally to affect only the wealthy, but through the years more and more middle-class taxpayers have found themselves paying this additional tax. The new tax law increases the exemption for the AMT from $54,300 to

$70,300 for single filers, and from $84,500 to $109,400 for married joint filers.
Child Tax Credit has been expanded from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child, $1,400 of which is refundable.

529 college savings has been expanded and now be used toward qualified expenses of public, private, or religious elementary and secondary schools (K-12).

Alimony for divorces finalized after December 31, 2018 will no longer be deductible by the payor or included in income by the recipient.

Home mortgage interest on new mortgages is now deductible for up to $750,000 of acquisition indebtedness. Home equity loan interest has been eliminated as a deduction for new loans.

These are just a few of the highlights of the 1,000+ pages of the TCJA. I expect that there will be clarification in the way of amendments, I.R.S. regulations, opinions, and case law.

This article is not intended to provide tax advice. Before making any decision or taking any action, you should consult a professional adviser regarding your specific fact pattern.

Frank Mango is a Certified Public Accountant with a practice in West Long Branch

Christopher Aparicio-Reyes of Long Branch guilty of murder

A Monmouth County jury has convicted a Long Branch man of the 2015 murder of a 40-year-old city woman, announced Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Christopher Aparicio-Reyes, 23, was convicted this afternoon of first degree Murder for the strangulation murder of Jennifer Pizzuto on Dec. 13, 2015. The verdict was delivered after a 4-day trial in the courtroom of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Joseph Oxley.

Evidence presented at trial revealed that Aparicio-Reyes strangled Pizzuto after brutally beating her about her face and head in his room on Rockwell Avenue in Long Branch. After attempting to hide her body in another room, Aparicio-Reyes then left the house and hid at a friend’s apartment until officers from the Long Branch Police and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office found him the next morning.

Aparicio-Reyes is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Oxley on May 8, 2018. He faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.

The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Christopher Matthews and Joseph Competello.

Aparicio-Reyes is represented by Michael Wicke and Joshua Hood, of Freehold.

Kevin Long of Oceanport charged with distribution of child porn

FREEHOLD – An Oceanport man was arrested and charged with downloading and distributing child pornography, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Kevin A. Long, 27, of Wolfhill Avenue in Oceanport, is charged with second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child in connection with the Distribution of Child Pornography and third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child in connection with the Possession of Child Pornography. Long lives very close to the Wolf Hill Elementary School in Oceanport.

Long was arrested following a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and federal Homeland Security Investigations. Evidence collected during the investigation suggests Long may have been engaging in inappropriate conversations with children online.

Anyone with information about this investigation, or who feels that they may have been subjected to inappropriate online conversations by Long, is urged to contact Detective Tiffany Lenart of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, at 732-431-7160 ext. 6592.

If convicted of the second degree charge, Long faces a sentence of five to ten years in a New Jersey state prison, and would be subject to the provisions of Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life upon his release.

If convicted of the third degree offense, he faces a sentence of three to five years in state prison, subject to Parole Supervision for Life upon his release.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Margaret C. Koping.

Anyone who has information but feels the need to remain anonymous can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at ; Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

Oceanport plans to ban sales of cannabis if it’s legalized

By Neil Schulman
Oceanport — If the new governor, Phil Murphy, does succeed in legalizing marijuana, borough officials want to make sure people aren’t buying it in Oceanport.

It’s not clear, however, if they can make it illegal everywhere in the borough.

At the Feb. 1 Borough Council meeting, Council President Joe Irace said that some towns in New Jersey are for the idea, and some are against it.

“I don’t think it’s something we want in the borough,” Irace said. He especially doesn’t want sales, and any issues that could rise from a drug dispensary.
Councilman Stephen Solan agreed.

“What someone’s doing in their home, that’s a different story,” he said. But he doesn’t want the “thousand problems” a dispensary might bring, especially on Fort Monmouth land where new development is supposed to bring “a thousand jobs.”

Borough Attorney Scott Arnette said he and the borough administrator have discussed how to accomplish council’s wish, and they’d take a position similar to what Point Pleasant did in December, when it outlawed any sale of marijuana there.

Arnette said that an ordinance could be drafted that will make pot dispensaries a forbidden use in all of Oceanport’s property zones. That would make it impossible for anyone to open one up without the Planning Board granting a variance.

Because it would be a zoning ordinance, the Planning Board would have to review the borough’s proposal before it could become law.

“It’s a little bit longer process potentially than the normal ordinance,” Arnette said.

There is an issue though — Fort Monmouth. The sale and development of property there is largely regulated by FMERA, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. Irace is worried someone might propose building a dispensary on the closed Army base.

“Whoever comes with the highest amount of money can get anything they want,” Irace said.

It’s not 100 percent clear Oceanport could stop this situation from happening. But it’s not part of the current FMERA use plan, and changing it would require a vote of the FMERA Board. Oceanport has one of the nine seats, so would have some say in the issue.

“We’d at least get a bite at the apple,” Mayor Jay Coffey said.

FCS announceRevaluations don’t raise your taxes (unless they do)s 2018 fundraising events

By Neil Schulman
At the January Oceanport Borough Council meeting, Mayor Jay Coffey announced that the borough had completed a revaluation, and the average property assessment had gone up 24.5 percent.
This does not — repeat, not — mean the average resident’s taxes are going up by nearly 25 percent.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t necessarily mean your taxes will be staying the same. But they might.

Since I feel like I have to write about this a lot, for different towns, I decided to be a little more casual than I often am, with things I’ve covered in other articles.
What are revaluations?

Property taxes are based on how much your property is worth. And of course, that can change over time. Revaluations or reassessments (there’s a technical difference you don’t need to care about)  are so that you’re taxed on the real value of our home.
Why are there revaluations?

The real answer is because the state orders them. I’ve never heard a local politician happy about a reval, because it always results in some people complaining their taxes are going up, and it’s out of the control of the locals.

The answer the state gives is that this is a matter of fairness as markets change. Here’s an extreme example: let’s say that a millionaire in 1920 built a 20-room mansion for $500,000. Due to inflation, there are three-bedroom houses on the market today that sell for more than that. Would you like your modest home to be paying more taxes than a building fit for a king?

Wait, why do people complain their taxes are going up if they’re not? And how can you not know if there’s a tax increase because of your reassessment? This is really confusing!
There are two things going on. One is the budget, and one is the tax rate.

The budget is what a town needs to spend. The town has some control over the budget.
The tax rate is how the town figures out how much to charge each individual property.

The town has no control over the tax rate.

Let’s say that a town has a budget of $10 million, and a total assessed property value of $1 billion (this is not Oceanport, or any real local town, to be clear. I’m picking numbers that make the math easy).

That means for every dollar of property value, the town needs to collect a penny to meet its budget needs. If your house is assessed at $500,000, you pay (500,000 x.01=) $5,000 in taxes.

Now, let’s say a reval takes place throughout the town after a huge real estate boom doubles property values. The new assessment reveals that the total land is now worth $2 billion, and your house is worth $1 million.

If the budget stays the same, the new tax rate is half a cent per dollar of assessed value.

But the amount you pay in taxes is the same — $5,000 a year.
But you said they could go up?

It will stay the same if your house goes up at the same rate as the rest of the municipality. That’s the case for about a third of the homes.

But let’s say that you live in a neighborhood where houses gave become more desirable. The assessment there could rise from $500,000 to $1.2 million as the tax rate changes from 1¢ to 0.5¢. In which case, your taxes will go up to $6,000.

And if the area you lived had become slightly less desirable since the last reassessment, the taxes you paid would go down – even though your home might be assessed much more than it was.

How come you never hear of taxes going down?

Because you only hear from people who are unhappy. I don’t know anyone who would go to a council meeting and angrily demand to know why they are paying less in taxes this year.

In reality, about two-thirds of all people in a reassessment will pay the same or less in taxes afterward. You won’t hear them complain, unless they get confused about the change in tax rates.

Also, the above assumes the budget stays the same. Which it probably won’t. Costs keep going up, so budgets do as well. But that is totally separate from what a revaluation does.

How often do we need to put up with this?

Different places in Monmouth County currently use two systems, both of which have problems.

The older method requires a revaluation about once a decade. The theory here is that people complain a lot during each reval, so why have more than needed? This is bad because people get horrible sticker shock at their new bills after 10 years of inflation and housing market fluctuations.

The newer method reassesses about a fifth of the town each year. The theory here is everyone is always paying their fair share. This is bad because people regularly need to deal with this complex procedure, make time for assessors to visit their homes, etc. And if you don’t like your assessment, you’ll be appealing it a lot more.

Who’s is responsible for the actual revaluations?

Municipalities don’t do this in-house. They hire real estate appraisers who specialize in this, through a competitive bid process. There’s only a handful in New Jersey who do town-wide revaluations though.

It’s another reason I’ve never heard a politician praise the idea of reassessments. Not only are people getting angry at them for a taxation formula they can’t control, but it’s based on data from a private company. The mayors and councils wind up stuck in the middle.

Also, residents don’t like having people knocking and asking to inspect their house if they think it’s for raising their taxes. So that’s more grief for the mayors.
But you have options if you don’t like your assessment, right?

There are appeal options. How hard it is, I can’t say. I’ve heard some people say it was as easy as calling the assesment company and saying “there’s no way this is right,” and I’ve heard of cases where there were lawyers and unpleasant trials with the town.