A Camden homeowner will need to try a different approach in order to gain access to how the town determined the valuations of residential properties.

Justice Bruce Mallonee ruled Monday, Aug. 24 that Jonathan Beitler had failed to properly serve court papers in a timely manner to the town concerning his legal effort to receive information on the revaluation

Beitler said the town threw out 177 sales — nearly half of all sales — in coming up with values. He said he wanted to know why those sales were not considered legitimate transactions which should have counted toward determining values.

He said excluding those sales led to higher values.

Beitler and his wife purchased their Camden home in September 2016, paying $1,729,000.

The following year the town assessed the 10 acre property and home at $2.7 million.

The homeowner contends that by throwing out sales — such as what he paid — skewed the numbers higher than they should have been set.

He challenged the assessment but lost in his appeal to the assessor, assessment appeal board, and then the court in May 2019. In the court decision from 2019, he lost on a procedural error for failing to properly serve the town.

Beitler contended that he tried to serve the appropriate town officials but that they refused to accept the service.

"I am trying to bring light to a nefarious practice," Beitler said during the Monday court hearing.

He also argued before the judge that justice should be available for all citizens regardless of whether they are lawyers who are knowledgeable about court procedures.

Justice Mallonee agreed but said there are rules set up and that they must apply to all people coming before the court. He said it might be to Beitler's advantage if he were to meet with an attorney and get advice on how to proceed and on matters such as how to properly file a freedom of access request.

The town's attorney William Kelly argued that Beitler lost his valuation challenge in 2019 and did not have the legal right to re-litigate the matter.