P.L.2009, c. 118 (PDF), signed into law on October 1, 2009, and effective immediately, establishes a pilot program in Gloucester County for the transfer of the municipal property assessment function to a county assessor. This act requires the appointment of a county assessor over a three-year period. In addition, the transfer of the assessment function requires the revaluation of all municipalities within the county to ensure uniformity of assessment throughout the county-wide assessment district.
Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization & Consolidation Commission
The act requires the "Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization, and Consolidation Commission" to study this pilot program and, in consultation with the Director of the Division of Taxation, issue a report no later than February 1 of the sixth year of the pilot program.
Assessment & Abatement Programs
All current or pending assessment and abatement programs and agreements under the "Long Term Tax Exemption Law" P.L.1991, c.431 (N.J.S.A. 40A:20-1 et seq.), and the "Five-Year Exemption and Abatement Law", P.L.1991, c.441 (N.J.S.A. 40A:21-1 et seq.), remain in effect in the pilot county.