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Tax Appeal Expert

City of Union City Requests Proposals From Individuals or Firms Interested in Serving as “Tax Appeal Expert” to the City of Union City For the Period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019


    Pursuant to the Fair and Open Process described under N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1, et seq., the City seeks Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the position of “Tax Appeal Expert” for a contract period beginning on July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019.  All candidates are required to comply with N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 17:27 et seq. as amended (See Exhibit A included herewith). The successful candidate must have significant experience in municipal real property assessment and must possess a CTA (certified tax assessor) certificate.  The candidate must be a licensed real estate appraiser in the State of New Jersey with proven experience in providing narrative reports within the City of Union City and the County of Hudson.  The successful candidate will provide the City with services related, but not necessarily limited to:

    1.    Appearing in Tax Court, the Hudson County Board of Taxation, and any other required forum on behalf of the City in any tax appeal matter;
    2.    Cooperating and participating in all aspects of tax appeal litigation;
    3.    Overseeing individual tax assessments;
    4.    Preparing oral or written preliminary appraisal reports;
    5.    Preparing USPAP compliant narrative appraisal reports;
    6.    Conducting site inspections;
    7.    Participating in settlement and pretrial conferences; and
    8.    Any other matters as directed by the City.
    9.    The vendor shall provide monthly billing statements that include a brief     statement showing the original amount of the Contract, any increases     established by amendment to the Contract, the amount previously billed     under the Contract, and the total amount of unbilled funds remaining     available under the Contract, and the total amount of unbilled funds     remaining available under the Contract after deduction of the most     recent     amount billed.  A copy of each billing statement shall be made available to     the State Fiscal Oversight Officer upon request.  

Each candidate shall submit proof of business registration with the New Jersey Division of Taxation (P.L. 2004, C.57) within the time permitted by law and must comply with the Affirmative Action requirement contained at N.J.A.C. 17:27 et seq. (See Exhibit A included herewith).

Professional Information and Qualifications
    Copies of this standardized submission requirements and selection criteria are on file and available from the Office of the City Clerk.  Each interested candidate shall submit the following information:

1.    Name of firm or individual;
2.    Address of principal place of business and all other offices and corresponding telephone and fax numbers.  Please note specifically which consultants will be assigned to work with the City;

3.    Description of candidate’s education, experience, qualifications, current licenses and certifications to perform residential and non-residential property appraisals in the State, number of years with the firm and a description of the firm’s experience with projects similar to those described above;

4.    Experience related to real estate appraisal in the City and in Hudson County;

5.    At least four (4) references, three (3) of which must have knowledge of your service to public entities;

6.    Examples of your record of success servicing public entities in matters similar to those outlined above;

7.    The candidate’s ability to provide the services in a timely fashion (including staffing, familiarity and location of key staff);

8.    Cost details, including the hourly rates of each of the individuals who will perform the services and the time estimates for each individual, all expenses, and where appropriate, total cost of “not to exceed” amount;

9.    Statement of corporate ownership (c.52:25-24.2);

10.    Disclosure of Investment Activities in Iran Form (c.52:32-55, et seq.);

11.    Business Registration Certificate (within the time permitted by law); and

12.    Statement, see attached, executed by a corporate officer, member, partner or   sole proprietor certifying that there are no prior or pending ethics complaints against them or their company.

Selection Criteria

    The selection criteria used in awarding a contract or agreement for professional services as described herein shall include:

1.    Qualifications of the individuals who will perform the tasks and the amounts of their respective participation;

2.    Experience and references;

3.    Ability to perform the task in a timely fashion, including staffing and familiarity with the subject matter; and

4.    Cost competitiveness.

Submission Requirements

    Sealed RFPs will be publicly opened by the Union City Clerk in her offices at Union City Hall, 3715 Palisade Avenue, Union City, at 2:30 p.m. on July 6, 2018.  The RFP must be received no later than 2:30 p.m. on July 6, 2018 by:

Erin Knoedler, City Clerk
City of Union City
3715 Palisade Avenue
Union City, New Jersey 07087

Please submit one original and two (2) copies of the RFP.  Use white 8 ½” x 11” paper.

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