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Property tax drop: A few New Jersey towns share strategies

Garden State municipalities saw their average property tax bills increase by an average of 2.2 percent in 2014, but some actually managed to deliver a drop in property taxes to their residents, which is not an easy task in a tax-heavy state like New Jersey.

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Bill would put more cops on NJ streets

Would you like to see more cops on New Jersey's streets?

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NJ Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto
NJ Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Gov, Legislature Agree on Pay Hike Bill [AUDIO/VIDEO]

The New Jersey Assembly has approved a bill that could help towns stay below the 2 percent cap on property tax increases. The measure limits arbitrator-awarded salary increases for police and firefighters.

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More NJ School Districts Hold November Elections [AUDIO]

Residents in many Jersey towns will have another choice to make when they enter the voting booth next week as more school districts are moving their elections to November.

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Trenton State House
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NJ’s Budget And The Property Tax Problem [AUDIO]

One of the major complaints New Jersey Democrats have about the nearly $33 billion State budget that passed the Senate and Assembly yesterday is that it does not do enough to help property taxpayers.

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Atlantic City Fire Department
Flickr User Paul Lowry
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User Fees An Issue At Today’s Assembly Budget Hearing

Twenety-six states currently allow "user fees" for public safety and New Jersey is one of them. Some Garden State towns are now charging the fees for things like emergency response services and trash pick-up. Governor Chris Christie says this is a way for mayors to circumvent the 2 percent cap on property tax hikes and he wants the practice banned ASAP. One influential mayor is asking the Assembly Budget Committee not to ban the fees.

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Property Taxes
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NJ Mayors Feel Squeeze of Tax Cap, Rising Costs

Mayors throughout New Jersey are telling lawmakers they're facing a financial squeeze.

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NJ Towns Switching to Private Help [AUDIO]

An increasing number of New Jersey towns have turned to privatizing services that were handled by the public sector for decades.

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Governor Chris Christie
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NJ Taxpayers Get More Bad Super-Storm Sandy News [AUDIO]

Just when you thought things couldn't get worse as a result of super-storm Sandy comes word from the top that your property taxes are probably going to go up.

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Governor Chris Christie
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Christie Warns Residents of Post-Storm Tax Hikes

Gov. Chris Christie warns residents in storm-damaged towns that their property taxes are likely to rise.

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