FREEHOLD– An investigation into an anonymous complaint accusing the Monmouth County Tax Administrator with steering businesses to a pair of companies has ended with no charges being filed, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday. Authorities launched the 18-month investigation into Matthew S. Clark’s activities after receiving a letter claiming Clark channeled work to Realty Appraisal… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: May 3rd, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: Matthew Clark, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, Monmouth County Tax Board, Realty Data Systems | Comments Off on Prosecutor won’t file charges against Monmouth County tax official
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and the members of the Monmouth County Tax Boards announced reforms to the controversial Assessment Demonstration Program yesterday. The changes are designed to address the volatility in property valuations that taxpayers have been experiencing during the early years of the pilot program’s implementation.
In addition to making appropriate adjustments to the program, O’Scanlon told MMM that he his hopeful that municipal officials will focus on the program itself, and not the controversy over the allegations of conflicts of interests among assessors, Tax Administrator Matthew Clark, and the vendors working the program, when deciding whether to continue their participation participation in 2017. The Tax Board announced last month that towns can opt out of the program for 2017 by April 29, 2016.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Taxation, Monmouth County News, Property Taxes | Tags: Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Assessment Demonstration Program, Cliff Moore, James Stuart, Kathy Cody Bjelka, Matthew Clark, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Tax Board, Property Taxes | 2 Comments »
The Monmouth County Tax Board acted on Monday to allow municipalities to opt out of the controversial pilot program, the Assessment Demonstration Program. The program has resulted in the volatility of property assessments and spurred a grand jury investigation into alleged conflicts of interest among key players in the County’s complex property tax system.
By an unanimous vote Monday afternoon, the Tax Board approved a resolution offered by Commissioner Clifford J. Moore III to immediately allow municipalities to opt out of the program for the 2017 tax year. Towns must notify the board that they are opting out by 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2016.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Taxation, Monmouth County News, Property Taxes | Tags: ADP, Assessment Demonstration Program, Cliff Moore, Matthew Clark, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Tax Board, Property Taxes | Comments Off on Monmouth Tax Board: Towns Can Opt Out of Assessment Demonstration Program
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County Board of Taxation, Monmouth County News | Tags: Assessment Demonstration Program, Freeholder John Curley, Jennifer Beck, Matthew Clark, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Tax Board, Property Tax Assessment, Sen Jennifer Beck, Wayne Pomanowski | 4 Comments »
Prosecutor Mum On Whether He Will Investigate Anonymous Allegations
The Monmouth County Board of Taxation voted unanimously on Friday to reject Freeholder John Curley’s call that they suspend their new method of assessing values on properties in the county for property tax purposes.
Curley’s call to suspend the program came last week after he said received an anonymous letter from a group of realtors, appraisers, tax assessors and former tax assessors alleging that the program, “Tax Assessment Demonstration Program,” is not being implemented in accordance with the law that created it and implying that Matthew Clark, the Tax Board Administrator, has inappropriate dealings with the program vendors.
Curley referred the anonymous letter to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, declaring in his own letter to the prosecutor that it is “omnipotent (sic) that all government business be conducted with full transparency, ethical and legal standards.” Curley also wrote Tax Board President James Stuart to request the tax assessment program be suspended while Gramiccioni investigates. He then released the anonymous letter and his letters to Gramiccioni and Stuart to the Asbury Park Press.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Board of Taxation, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Assessment Demonstration Program, Cliff Moore, Freeholder John Curley, James Stuart, Matthew Clark, Monmouth County Board of Taxation | 2 Comments »