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Bergen's Property Taxes Highest in State

Taxes averaged $10,642 last year, report says.

Credit: Zillow.
Credit: Zillow.

Property taxes in Bergen County are higher than they are anywhere else in the state, according to new statistics released by the NJ Department of Community Affairs in a NorthJersey.com report.

The report sites 2013 figures, which saw property taxes statewide jump about one percent. In Bergen County, the average tax bill in 2013 – including municipal, school and county taxes – was $10,642, up 1.5 percent from 2012, the report said.

The spike pushed Bergen past Essex to claim the #1 taxpayer spot of all counties in the state last year, the report said.

According to the report, the highest and lowest tax-paying counties in NJ are as follows:

Highest

Bergen – Average $10, 642

Essex – Average $10,590

Union – Average $9,932

Morris – Average $9,547

Passaic – Average $9,368

Lowest

Cumberland – Average $3,706

Cape May – Average $4,557

Salem – Average $4,871

Ocean – Average $5,470

shimon baum March 23, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Forget the state they are almost the highest in the country. We are number three last time I checked. Of course we are getting so much for all that money. Not!
Sophie's Mom March 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM
I don't know where Pascack Guy has been but crime rate in Bergen County is no longer "low" - Young man in New Milford was killed last year, GunMan in Garden State Plaza, vandalism of several cars in Saddle Brook, and all the reports of a man trying to lure kids into his car all over Bergen County. Makes me question myself for buying a home here.
Andy Schmidt March 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM
True, comparing tax dollars without looking at the property values is flawed. Certainly, if towns have minimum 2 - 4 acre lots with multi-million (or tens of million dollar) homes on them, then the absolute tax in those towns will appear outrageous. Similarly, much of what we pay in taxes is personnel cost. Employees salaries, and even contract services, are controlled by the employees cost of living and the contractor lease/real estate cost and THEIR employee cost. So - if you choose to live in the "affluent" suburbs of NYC, then your house, rent and all services (including township/police/garbage collection/school services) will reflect that "cost of living". It would be interesting to compare taxes after adjusting for those factors...
Innocent Bystander March 24, 2014 at 08:24 PM
I just read besides NJ being the top state for taxation, I now live atop Bergen's Mount Olympus! Unless you are a "public servant," with a typical fat pension, best "head out of Dodge" as fast as any senior can move, nowadays.
Richard Levine March 24, 2014 at 09:10 PM
The question is where do you go. Isn't every part of the nation out of control just as well?????

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