138.3. The assessor seized of an application for review shall assess the merits of the contestation. The assessor shall, within the time limit prescribed in the second or third paragraph, as the case may be, make a written proposal to the applicant to alter the roll or inform the applicant in writing, giving the reasons for the decision, that no alteration will be proposed.
Where an application for review must be filed before 1 May following the coming into force of the roll, the assessor shall comply with the first paragraph on or before the following 1 September.
In every other case, the assessor shall comply with the first paragraph on or before the later of 1 September following the coming into force of the roll and the date occurring four months after the date of the filing of the application for review.
The municipal body responsible for assessment may, before 15 August of the year following the coming into force of the roll, extend the time limit of 1 September prescribed in the second paragraph until the following 1 November or, where the local municipality consents thereto, until a date not later than the following 1 April.
The clerk of the body must, as soon as possible, give notice of the extension in writing to the Tribunal and to the persons having filed an application for review referred to in the second paragraph and to whom one of the writings required under the first paragraph has not been sent. However, the clerk need not notify those persons if the form they used pursuant to section 129 for the filing of their application for review contained the information concerning the extension.
1996, c. 67, s. 25; 1999, c. 31, s. 4.