From the Courier Post:
Hundreds of angry residents on Tuesday night protested sharp increases in property taxes here after a revaluation.
“It’s absolutely absurd,” shouted Ron DiMedio, who said the annual property taxes for his Kings Highway home had jumped from $16,500 to about $24,000.
“You’re telling me to get out of town,” DiMedio said.
His heated comments drew loud applause from an audience of about 600 people in St. Rose of Lima Church.
Mayor Beth Ann Haven said the borough government would contact Camden County and state tax officials in an effort to undo the tax change.
“This is a county-ordered reval and it’s approved by the state,” she said.
“Ultimately, we want to find out if we can void this reassessment and have another,” she said after listening to residents’ complaints after about three hours.
“There’s a lot of confusion,” said the mayor, who suggested homeowners may have calculated their taxes incorrectly.
“We did not,” several audience members shouted back.
Several speakers questioned the accuracy of the revaluation, contending properties were assessed at too high a level in a real estate market that his since weakened. “The estimates on these homes are wrong,” said Glenn Davis, a Lake Street resident.
Haven said the revaluation was the first in the borough in 10 years. She said it was conducted so the tax value of properties would reflect market values.
Mike and Kim Carfolite said taxes are rising 40 percent to about $10,000 on their Crest Avenue home.
“Nobody’s getting a 40 percent increase in income,” said Kim Carfolite.