The average New Jersey property taxes have risen slightly, 1.7 percent last year, but taxpayers in the Long Branch-Eatontown area are seeing mixed results on their bills in 2012.
The average Long Branch, Eatontown and Tinton Falls taxpayers paid less in property taxes in 2012 as compared to the statewide average. However, the average total bill for Long Branch and Tinton Falls residents increased a bit more than the average bill statewide as compared to 2011.
In contrast, West Long Branch taxpayers spent more on average than New Jersey taxpayers elsewhere but actually experienced a decline in their bills from 2011.
The data is contained within a Star Ledger analysis that looked at the average bills in all 566 municipalities in the state in 2012, two years after the Legislature and Gov. Chris Christie enacted a hard 2 percent cap on local budget growth.
The Star-Ledger noted that property taxes statewide rose 2.4 percent in 2011, the first year Christie’s 2 percent cap was in effect. But the trend of lower increases could be reversed because of Hurricane Sandy costs, according to the report.
For full figures for all four towns, check out table below:TOWN AVERAGE COUNTY BILL AVERAGE MUNICIPAL BILL AVERAGE SCHOOL BILL AVERAGE TOTAL BILL PERCENT CHANGE FROM 2011 Long Branch
Tinton Falls $933.77 $1,419.35 $3,517.71 $5,870.82 +1.1% West Long Branch $1,257.81
$2,468.32 $5,164.72 $8,890.85 -0.3% STATE AVERAGE $1,425.45 $2,324.66 $4,120.16 $7,870.28 +1.7%