Senator Jennifer Beck today called for Monmouth County Tax Board Administrator Matthew Clark to step down or being suspended, pending the outcome of a reported Monmouth County Prosecutor’s investigation to his relationships with vendors of the the controversial Assessment Demonstration Program that creates new assessments of Monmouth County properties for property tax purposes annually.
“In light of the fact the Prosecutor has an active and ongoing investigation into the Tax Administrator, steps must be taken to suspend him from his day-to-day duties until the Prosecutor’s investigation is complete,” Beck said in a statement issued to the media. “At present, our taxpayers have lost confidence in the Administrator and until he is either vindicated or indicted, Matthew Clark should step aside.”
The Asbury Park Press reported last week that grand jury subpoenas were served on at least three county towns as well as the Monmouth County government in connection with a criminal investigation to the program.
Yesterday, APP reported that Clark shared inside information with Neil Rubenstein, a principal in Realty Appraisal Co. Realty Appraisal Co has in recent decades performed most property tax inspections in Monmouth County. Rubenstein is also a partner in Realty Data Systems, the company founded to do inspections under the Assessment Demonstration Program.
Wayne Pomanowski, a member of the Monmouth County Board of Tax Commissioners told MMM that Clark is tenured and cannot be suspended or terminated by the board without a formal complaint being a filed and a hearing on the complaint. Pomanowski said that he encouraged Clark to step aside last week pending the results of the criminal investigation.