East Windsor's property tax bills hovered around the state average in 2012, but the rate of increase from 2011 to 2012 was higher than the average throughout New Jersey.
From 2011 to 2012, East Windsor taxes increased 4.3 percent; taxes throughout the state increased an average of 1.7 percent between 2011 and 2012.
The township's 4.3 percent tax hike was 67th out of 566 municipalities and the total tax bill is 244 out of 566 municipalities, according to a Star-Ledger analysis.
Property tax bills actually decreased in 117 municipalities, and remained flat in 4 others.
New Jersey residents paid an average of $7,870.28 in property taxes for 2012, an increase of $132.46. East Windsor residents paid an average of $7,757.47 in property taxes in 2012, $112.81 less than the state average.
The Star-Ledger reported 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, according to the report.
In Manasquan, which suffered some of the worst damage from Sandy, local officials said the cost of rebuilding might drive up tax rates by at least 20 percent, the report said. To top it off, the tax base shrank as properties were washed away, according to the report. Towns are allowed to exceed the 2 percent limit on property tax collections for emergencies such as Sandy.
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CountyAverage County BillAverage Municipal BillAverage School BillAverage Total BillPercent Change from 2011 East Windsor
Mercer $1,694.34$1,102.68$4,960.45$7,757.474.3% StatewideAverage$1,425.45$2,324.66$4,120.16$7,870.281.7%