Monthly Archives for November 2019

Township Revaluation: Progress Update

Posted: November 14, 2019

The Township of Vernon was ordered by the Sussex County Board of Taxation and the New Jersey Division of Taxation to perform a revaluation program to be implemented for tax year 2020.

The revaluation will ensure uniform and equitable assessments throughout the municipality and account for the recent changes in the real estate market. The township is working with Realty Appraisal to conduct the revaluation program.

The first step of the revaluation process is the inspection of all properties in the township. Inspectors from Realty Appraisal are visiting all properties, measuring and photographing the exteriors of all buildings and inspecting the interiors.

In order to properly assess your property, it will be necessary for a representative of Realty Appraisal to examine the interior. The first visit from an inspector will be between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If the property owner is not present at the first visit, the inspector will leave a card specifying a return date to do the interior inspection. The notice will also have a telephone number to call to reschedule this appointment if the time or date is not convenient.

Each representative of Realty Appraisal Company will carry a letter signed by the assessor as well as photo credentials. View the list of inspectors   which includes name, photo, type of car and license plate number. Realty Appraisal covers their property inspectors under workers’ compensation and liability insurance.

Please do not allow anyone to enter your home without proper identification. You will be requested to sign the field form used by the representative to acknowledge when an interior visit is made. Please prepare the occupants of any rental units you may own in this regard.

The new property values for 2020 will be determined based on their estimated market value as of October 1, 2019 (the statutory date required by law). Property owners will be notified by mail of their proposed new assessed values after December 1, 2019.

Introductory letters and an informational brochure were mailed to all owners in March 2019.

Residential inspections began the week of April 1, 2019 and will continue into late 2019.

Condo Inspections began the week of November 11, 2019 and will continue into December.

Letters were mailed on November 12, 2019 to owners of 1-4 family homes that have not had an interior inspection requesting owners to schedule an inspection with Realty Appraisal to avoid using estimated information for the property assessment.

If you have questions regarding the revaluation or the inspection process, please call the Vernon Township Division of Tax Assessments at 973.764.4055, ext. 2223, 2225 or 2226 or Realty Appraisal at 1-800-841-6740.

View a list of blocks which have already been visited   by Realty Appraisal as of November 2019.

Vernon Honors Veterans

Posted: November 8, 2019

Mayor Harry Shortway and the Vernon Township Council are honoring our veterans by providing designated parking spaces at the township municipal building, Veterans Memorial Park and Maple Grange Park.

Two spaces have been reserved at each location strictly for veterans by Ordinance #19-20, passed unanimously by the township council on September 9, 2019. They may be used by anyone who is currently serving on active or reserve duty or has served in the United States Army, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard and has received a general discharge or higher.

These parking spaces were the idea of Hannah Van Blarcom, Miss Vernon 2019. Thank you Hannah for a great initiative!

Two parking spaces have been reserved at each location strictly for veterans.

Remember Our Fallen, One Wreath at a Time

Posted: November 8, 2019

Wreaths Across America

Once again, it is time for the local Wreaths Across America (WAA) effort this year.

Wreaths Across America began in 2006 as an offshoot of the Arlington National Cemetery wreath project to remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom.

Wreaths Across America groups will help adorn veteran memorials and grave sites in all 50 states with red-ribboned remembrance wreaths this holiday season.

To learn more about the organization and its mission, visit the WAA website.

Your wreath sponsorship of $15.00 will honor a fallen hero by placing a wreath on his or her grave. To donate via the WAA website, visit the Glenwood Cemetery page and click on sponsor wreaths.

The wreath laying ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Glenwood Cemetery (926 Route 517 in Vernon). You need not sponsor a wreath to attend—all are welcome to participate in this meaningful ceremony.

Holiday Bazaar

Posted: November 6, 2019

Join us for the first annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on Vernon Crossing Road.

Held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, there will be food, artists, vendors with handcrafted goods as well as specials at local merchants throughout town all day long. Find unique holiday gifts and support local businesses. The Toys for Tots train will be pulling in at 4:20 p.m. There will also be a gingerbread house contest—make your houses at home and bring them to the pavilion to be judged by the Vernon Chamber of Commerce at 4:00 p.m.

Want to be a vendor? Download the vendor application .

Have questions or need more information? Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) at 973.764.4055, ext. 2261.

Community Tree Lighting

Posted: November 2, 2019

Vernon Township’s annual community tree lighting will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Vernon firehouse located on county route 515.

This free event, sponsored by the Vernon PAL and the Vernon Township Department of Recreation and Community Development, will feature a sing-along around the tree, bonfire, hot chocolate and yummy treats and, of course, special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Welcome in the season, enjoy holiday cheer with neighbors and friends and get your picture taken with Santa!

Have questions or need more information? Contact the Vernon PAL at 973.764.9514.