TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey communities could lose state aid if they don’t conduct timely property tax reassessments under a proposed bill.

The bill seeks to crack down on the dozens of municipalities that have been avoiding revaluations for decades.

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State Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon says it would deny state aid to towns where the assessed value is less than 85 percent of the real market value for five years.

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“The municipal officials involved are simply hiding from their duties and declaring that it’s perfectly fine with them that there’s a significant percent of their population, 30 to 50 percent, is overpaying their taxes,” he told WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini.

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The state’s already taken action against some of the worst offenders, Columbini reported. It’s ordered Jersey City, Elizabeth and Dunellen to undergo reassessments.