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Report: Freehold Township 2012 Property Tax Increase Above State Average

In 2012 Freehold Township increased 2.4 percent and Freehold Borough saw a .5 percent increase; the state average was 1.7 percent.

All Freehold homeowners saw an increase in property taxes in 2012 from the previous year, however, Freehold Township's increase surpassed the state average.

Freehold Borough homeowner taxes on average went up .5 percent, while Freehold Township homeowner taxes on average went up 2.4 percent since the previous year, according to a Star-Ledger analysis.

In 2012, Freehold Borough residents paid $6,031.67 on average in property taxes and Freehold Township residents paid $8,034.87.

Across New Jersey, the average property tax bill was $7,870, an increase of 1.7 percent, or $132 over the year before. 

Property tax bills actually decreased in 117 municipalities, and remained flat in four others. But in places like Aberdeen, they increased 4.8 percent, in Englishtown 5.8 percent, and in Sea Bright 6.9 percent.

The Star-Ledger report noted that property taxes statewide rose 2.4 percent in 2011, the first year Christie’s 2 percent cap was in effect. But the trend of lower increases could be reversed because of Hurricane Sandy, according to the report.

In Manasquan, which suffered some of the worst damage from Sandy, local officials said the cost of rebuilding might drive up tax rates by at least 20 percent, the report said. To top it off, the tax base shrank as properties were washed away, according to the report. Towns are allowed to exceed the 2 percent limit on property tax collections for emergencies such as Sandy.

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Town

County

Avg. County Bill

Avg. Municipal Bill

Avg. School Bill

Avg. Total Bill

Percent Change from 2011

Statewide

Average

$1,425.45

$2,324.66

$4,120.16

$7,870.28

1.7%

Freehold Borough Monmouth $760.27 $2,203.15 $3,068.25 $6,031.67 .5%

Freehold Township

Monmouth

$1,170.69

$1,293.47

$5,570.71

$8,034.87

2.4%

Claudine Scozzari January 15, 2013 at 02:55 PM
What is the problem with the Government workers who can't follow the new State Law that was passed? The 2% property tax cap was passed and signed by Gov. Christie. Weren't the Government workers notified by the Government about the law change? Or, is this of case of the Township's employees having legal representation trying to make a case, WE CAN and WE Will raise taxes? The residents of the Township were never notified of any reason that warranted a waiver from the State Government requiring a raise of property taxes above the 2% threshold. Business are forced to cut and cut until there is nothing left to cut; yet, the Government workers haven't grasped the concept - budgets are tight everywhere without any concessions from the Government labor unions or the willingness to do without at the Township.
NJRICKY January 15, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Your great governor allows towns to exceed the 2 percent cap because of the hurricane if you read it!
james January 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Claudines last paragraph is definitely true the unions never give in anything and govt just wants to tax more so they can spend more. I do agree thou there were cleanup costs and I am sure overtime for police during the first weeks after Sandy. What are the odds thou that next year they lower them back 2.4 % if there no event.
joe biondo January 16, 2013 at 12:12 AM
What happened to the mayors plan to reevaluate the property tax assessments?

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