NJ man wants neighbors' taxes raised

May 28, 2008 5:27:12 PM PDT
Monmouth County officials are handling an unusual tax request. Instead of seeking to lower property taxes, a Belmar man says his neighbors aren't paying their fair share and should have them raised.

Steven Irwin's property on Eighth Avenue is assessed at $375,000.

Each of his neighbors' properties are assessed at $220,000.

Irwin says David and Jeannie McGillis should pay taxes based on a $932,000 assessment and the assessment for Lucy Kevoian and Alice and Sylvia Bozoyan should be $789,000.

Irwin says it's unfair to the rest of the taxpayers who have to make up the difference.

At Tuesday's county Tax Board hearing, attorneys mentioned a history of hostilities between the neighbors and Irwin. Irwin is an attorney who specializes in tax appeals.

The board is expected to make a ruling on June 30.


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