New Jersey Property-Tax Bills Increased 1.7% to Record
More than 80 towns, school boards and other local governments saw their taxes drop, while about 160 had increases of less than 1 percent, according to an e-mail from the governor’s office.
New Jersey’s property taxes, which are collected by local governments, increased about 7 percent annually in 2004, 2005 and 2006 before the rate began to slow. Christie, a second-term Republican, has controlled the growth after enacting a 2 percent annual cap. Still, the tax climbed to a record of more than $8,000 per household, from the previous high of $7,885 in 2012, according to calculations by Bloomberg.
“This is the lowest rate of growth in 24 years in this state,” Christie said yesterday at a town-hall meeting in Mount Laurel.
He called on the Democratic-controlled legislature to renew the state’s interest-arbitration cap, which expires on March 31, as a way to contain future growth. It limits the fees for arbitrators, attorneys and others involved in negotiating public-worker contracts.
“There is no reason for this not to renew,” he said. “A quiet fight” from public-worker unions, he said, was threatening the legislation from passing again.
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