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February 8, 2016

The average New Jersey property-tax bill increased again last year, going up by nearly $200 to $8,353, according to figures released Friday by the state Department of Community Affairs.

The rate of growth between bills in 2014 and 2015 was 2.4 percent, marking the third straight year that the growth rate has risen. And 2015 also marked the second straight year that average property-tax bills grew at a higher rate than 2 percent, despite a 2 percent cap on local property-tax levy increases, with some exceptions, that was put in place by Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers for the beginning of the 2011 tax year.

Property owners in Essex County once again were hit the hardest by property taxes last year, with an average bill of $11,247. The lowest average property-tax bill in New Jersey last year was in Cumberland County, at $3,921.

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