News Alert
UPDATE: Massive Berkeley Brush Fire Nearly…

Estimated Tax Bills Distributed as Township Changes to Calendar Year Operation

Final tax bills with actual cost will be issued in November

Manchester Mayor Michael Fressola is asking that taxpayers remain "patient" as bills are adjusted to reflect the township's change to a calendar year operation and the thousands of tax appeals filed. 

Officials in May from a July through June fiscal year operation to a January through December plan. Changing the cycle from a state fiscal year to a calendar fiscal year "is in the best interest of the taxpayers," according to the ordinance first introduced by the  on April 24. 

"Due to this change, residents received an estimated tax bill which is required by state law during this process," Fressola said in a prepared statement. "The estimated bill indicates a lump sum payment which includes school, county, municipal and open space taxes due. This estimate is very rough because of the more than 2,000 tax appeals that were taken by homeowners and business owners in town" in 2012.

In 2011, 785 appeals were filed, according to tax assessor Martin Lynch.

Those whose tax appeals are approved will see the adjustment on their fourth quarter bill, Fressola said. Final tax bills issued in November will have actual costs.

The appeals have hit the township "hard," the mayor said, because of a required payment to the school district.

"Although refunds or credits are issued to the taxpayer, the township is still required by law to pay the school’s portion in full," Fressola said. 

While Manchester has no control over the real estate market, Fressola said that administrators are exercising "restraint and control in spending."

Because of this, Fressola said that the finance office expects the amount to be raised by taxation in the upcoming budget will be less than the more than $20.5 million required last year. 

This "is remarkable and reflects the hard work and sacrifice of our staff and employees," Fressola said.

The township currently is running on a temporary six month budget that was approved in June as part of the transition to a calendar year operation. CFO Diane Lapp has said that the the 2013 budget is expected to be introduced in August and voted on for adoption in September. 

In an effort to reduce the amount of appeals going forward, a  will be completed for the 2013 tax cycle and Lynch will update property values on a yearly basis.

Fressola said that the continual reassessments will bring "fairness and equality in the taxing structure."

WhitingBoy July 16, 2012 at 04:53 PM
This article demonstrates the “Ready, Fire, Aim” mentality of the Mayor and team in two regards. First (and easiest) is that the Mayor’s statement is obviously in response to the tax bills being sent out with a large, unexplained increase. We were supposed to assume that this was a lump sum estimate (and I still can’t believe that we are being assessed a lump sum estimate). How hard would it have been to put a note or insert in there? Second, the township had to know (or should have known) over the past few years that the severe drop in market values coupled with the “many/same” style of housing unique to our town with the senior developments would result in this liability. Reacting rather than acting has cost us and allowed for lump sum estimates to be sent. I have never heard of a township that does not know how much to charge its residents for quarterly taxes. That is insane.
Michelle July 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Will this effect those who didn't get a chance to file an appeal?
WhitingBoy July 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM
@Michelle: Well, yes….everyone who filed a successful appeal had their assessment lowered, and thus their taxes. Since the township has to have the amount budgeted collected to pay the bills (this point isn’t bad government, it is simply a fact), they will raise everyone’s tax rate to equal the total amount of taxes collected overall prior to the reassessment. So once the folks who won get their assessment lowered and we have a new overall amount of assessment, the tax rate will be adjusted (raised) on everyone to collect the same…even the people who won the appeal will have their taxes raised, although still likely below what they were paying prior to the appeal. Those that didn’t file an appeal are too late to do so, but it is really moot since the township will reassess everyone next year.
Ron July 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM
how is it that you file an appeal and get an increase. this is crazy the town should have adjusted this sooner they knew that houses have droped in price and so does thier tax burden. how long should an adjustment take? the figures are in and it shouldn't thake this long. what has to be adjusted is the saleries and the people who make them is our town . Seniors don't get huge increases in thier income, or perks of any kind. Its time to look hard at what people are getting and what thier saleries should be for the houres and work that they really do.
Phil G July 17, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Just more gobbledygook from Mayor Mike. They send out estimated bills with no explanation, leaving everyone to wonder why their taxes seem to have gone up 8.5%. Phone calls to the assessor's office provided no information because they either don't know the details, or have been told not to reveal them.
Phil G July 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Why is it that the Manchester Patch and the Manchester Times are the only ones that report news about Manchester's tax proceedings. The Asbury Park Press gives the township a virtual pass on all negative news, yet always seems to report the stuff the council releases to them, such as the nursing home shenanigans.
WhitingBoy July 17, 2012 at 06:08 PM
@Phil, When I called to ask about the increase and asked why there wasn't a letter or note enclosed, the woman tolad me "I know, we told them to do that"...I likely called early and got the real story before they were told to shut up. Gobbledygook is a good word for what we get from Mayor Fressola.
Michelle July 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Thank you, I should have filed the appeal, but my work hours made it tough for me to get the form in time.. So next year I will do so, if the form is the same, and if the assessment is not adjusted to what the property is supposedly worth.
ballyjduf July 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM
ballyjduf July 19, 2012 at 09:07 PM
While Manchester has no control over the real estate market, Fressola said that administrators are exercising "restraint and control in spending." WHY THEN HAVE THERE BEEN NUMEROUS MTPW ON OT HANGING OUT ON COLONIAL DRIVE - OT -OT -OT $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
ballyjduf July 19, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Dan January 25, 2013 at 04:25 PM
STATE OF NEW JERSEY LOCAL FINANCE BOARD NOTICE OF VIOLATION In Re: [Michael Fressola, Mayor, Township of Manchester, Complaint This matter having come before the Local Finance Board (Board) pursuant to the Local Government Ethics Law, N.J.S.A. et seq., upon complaint that Mayor Michael Fressola used the address and telephone number of the Township of Manchester City Hall in a political mail piece, using the resources of the Township for his personal gain and securing unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself and his campaign in violation of N.J.S.A. and, WHEREAS, the Board determined that the allegations were within its jurisdiction, were not frivolous and were based upon a reasonable factual basis, authorized an investigation of this complaint; and WHEREAS, the Local Government Ethics Law states: N.J.S.A. 40A: No local government officers or employee shall use or attempt to use his official position to secure unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself or others; and,
Dan January 25, 2013 at 04:26 PM
WHEREAS, the Board, having considered the matter and the relevant statements and presented and all documentation with the written response to the allegations submitted by Mayor Fressola, concluded that the use of the Municipal Building address and telephone number in the letterhead of a political mailer distributed in connection with the May 11, 2010 election constitutes the use or attempted use of Mayor Fressola's official position to secure an unwarranted privilege or advantage for himself or others in violation of N.J.S.A. It is therefore, DETERMINED that Mayor Michael Fressola shall be assessed a fine in the amount of $100.00 for the violation as related to his engaging in activities prohibited by the statute. Said fine shall be payable to: Treasurer, State of New Jersey, and be submitted to: Thomas H. Neff, Chair, Local Finance Board, P.O. Box 803, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625 immediately. If payment of said fine is not received within 10 days receipt of this NOTICE, Mayor Fressola is subject to additional fines as determined by the Board in accordance with its powers in N.J.S.A.40A:9- 22.10, Violations and Penalties.
Thelia Busse February 18, 2013 at 04:54 PM
when and if will we receive the PTR-2 form?


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something