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.
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.
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 th