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Poll: 17 percent say they're getting money's worth on taxes

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Only 17 percent of New Jersey residents contacted in a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll say they are getting their money’s worth in paying their state and local taxes.

Sixty-four percent of poll residents say they get a worse rather than better deal than taxpayers in other states.

The poll of 1,203 adults was conducted Nov. 15-27, 2017, as part of the “2018 State of the Garden State” series. The sample has a margin of error of +/-3.0 percentage points.

The poll revealed 75 percent of respondents consider their property taxes to be unfair and 67 percent consider the 37.5 cent gas tax to be unfair.

The poll revealed that 53 percent of respondents support a tax on recreational marijuana if it is legalized. About 67 percent support raising taxes on Garden State residents earning more than $1 million annually. Gov. Phil Murphy proposed these points during his campaign.

According to the New Jersey Division of Taxation, the average property tax bill in New Jersey is $8,288. Nine New Jersey counties have averages above this amount and 147 towns have an average tax bill that exceeds the $10,000 deduction limit to become effective this year under the new federal tax code.

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David Hutter

David Hutter


David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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