New Jersey is known for being the king of the property tax castle, and it's no secret that homeowners in these 10 towns may be paying some of the highest taxes in America.
The state Department of Community Affairs released its 2013 property tax data Thursday accounting for all of New Jersey's 565 municipalities.
According to the DCA, property taxes increased by 1.3 percent in 2013 for the average residential property, going from the 2012 statewide average of $7,885 to $7,988. However, the department is quick to note that over 80 municipalities saw decreases and roughly 80 others saw increases of less than 1 percent.
"By any measure, Governor Christie's property tax reforms have been a resounding success as demonstrated by the third straight year of property tax restraint with more than 160 communities seeing either decreases in taxes or increases of less than 1 percent," DCA commissioner Richard Constable said.
Constable said that it's now on the Legislature to extend the 2 percent arbitration cap that Christie has called for.
"Progress will continue and accelerate if the Legislature renews the binding arbitration law and passes the accumulated leave liability reform that Governor Christie has championed," Constable said. "Taxpayers want the Legislature to continue the Governor's reforms so we don't return to 4, 5 and 6 percent annual property tax increases."
At the county level, Bergen County led the way with average property taxes of $10,642. Essex County, which had the highest average property taxes in 2012, came in second with an average of $10,590. Cumberland County again claimed the distinction of having the lowest average property taxes of any county with $3,706.
The ten municipalities with the highest property tax averages are as follows:
10. Glen Ridge, Essex County. Average: $17,498. 2012 Rank: 8
9. Mendham Township, Morris County. Average: $17,673. 2012 Rank: 9
8. Essex Fells, Essex County. Average: $17,885. 2012 Rank: 10
7. Rumson, Monmouth County. Average: $18,211. 2012 Rank: 7
6. Tenafly, Bergen County. Average: $18,369. 2012 Rank: 6
5. Mountain Lakes, Morris County. Average: $18.679. 2012 Rank: 5
4. Alpine, Bergen County. Average: $19,510. 2012 Rank: 4
3. Millburn, Essex County. Average: $20,857. 2012 Rank: 3
2. Loch Arbour, Monmouth County. Average: $21,778. 2012 Rank: 2
1. Tavistock, Camden County. Average: $25,014. 2012 Rank: 1
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