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Seven Sea Bright Beach Clubs File Tax Appeals

SEA BRIGHT: Seven beach clubs have filed tax appeals following last year's borough-wide revaluation, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long announced during the Feb. 21 Sea Bright Council meeting.

Martin Allen, an attorney hired by the borough to represent it during the tax appeal process, said revaluation is part of a Monmouth County pilot program that was designed to keep the value of homes and businesses in the county "as close to ten value as possible."

"Once a tax appeal is filed, my job is to help the borough defend the assessments fairly," Allen said.

Allen said the seven beach clubs that filed appeals are Sea Bright Beach Club, Ship Ahoy, The Sands, Surfrider, Chapel, Driftwood and Edgewater.

Long said five of the seven appeals are "moving forward in a legal process."

"Our assessors and our attorneys are wishing for additional discovery materials and the beach club lawyers have been unable to produce the additional information, so we've agreed to adjournments to allow them to collect the information that's been requested," Long said.

Long said the borough is willing to work with the clubs but will not give in.

"We're going to continue to try to work with the beach clubs to reach a reasonable outcome on the tax appeals, but it's just important for residents to know that the borough is holding its ground and we feel pretty confident in our position," she said.

Allen said there is no specific deadline for when a potential settlement will be reached.

"We're working as fast as we can to determine if the assessments are too high, too low or just right," Allen said.

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