Friday, September 01, 2006

Property Tax Hikes Continue

From the Herald/Record:

Bergen County briefs

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS -- The Borough Council on Tuesday adopted a $15.8 million budget that comes with a 7.1 percent increase in the municipal tax levy.

The owner of a home assessed at the borough average of $436,800 will pay $2,603 in municipal taxes, an increase of 4.9 percent from 2005.

The council voted 3-3 on the measure, with Mayor Ron Jones breaking the tie. Republican council members Justin DiPisa, Ron Kistner and Tom Meli voted to approve the budget. Democrats Carol Skiba and Len Introna and Republican Maryetta Saccomano voted against approval.

Saccomano told residents at Tuesday's special meeting that she voted against it because $450 was too much for borough seniors to pay. But she was talking about the tax levy for the municipal, school and county budgets combined. Introna said he voted no because municipal departments should find ways to cut expenses.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here, better hand these out if you know any old folks who qualify.

Residents applying for the 2005 reimbursement must have total income for 2004 that is less than $40,869 for single applicants and $50,113 (combined income) for married couples, and total income for 2005 that is less than $41,972 for single applicants and $51,466 (combined income) for married couples.

9/01/2006 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think about this, they have about 12,000 people and a $16 million municipal budget. The whole town is less than 2 square miles.

What are they spending that kind of money on? That's about $1,300 per resident (including kids). I'm guessing they have way more employees than they need.


9/01/2006 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, just for comparison sake, I found the tax increase and rate for my town.

From The Atlanticville:

"The average residential property in the township (Ocean) is assessed at $445,052 and the homeowner will pay $1,317 annually in municipal taxes."

About half, though the total municipal budget comes out to about $1,000 per resident.

It's possible that Hasbrouck Heights has some costs folded into the rate that we don't, but it's not likely. We have a ridiculous level of services (including municipal garbage pickup) that most towns don't offer.

I would love to pay less in taxes, but I'm definitely doing better than the people in Hasbrouck Heights.

9/01/2006 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is another wonderful
nj dump of a town.

has nothing going for it.

9/01/2006 11:52:00 AM  

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