High property taxes consistently rank as the biggest, or one of the biggest concerns of New Jersey voters.
To find out how high they actually are, click the map below. It shows tax data for 2011 and how it has changed since 2009, or during the first two years of Gov. Chris Christie’s tenure.
Data includes the total tax levy, total tax rate, average home value, and property tax bill on that average residence — as well as the size of the average property tax rebate and the net average property tax bill when adjusted for that rebate. The two-year change is calculated for each.
All information comes from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ property tax spreadsheets.
A recent NJ Spotlight story revealed that the average property tax bill, when adjusted for the rebate, was $7,519 in 2011.
The most recent data by the Tax Foundation, from 2009, lists New Jersey’s median property taxes as the highest in the nation. The state also ranks first when judging property taxes as a percentage of home value, and as a percentage of median income. It also reported that Hunterdon County home owners paid on average the highest property taxes in the nation, $8,216, while those in Passaic County paid the highest taxes as a percentage of income, 8.44 percent.