Ben Franklin is quoted as having said, "...nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." 

We have been taught that taxes always go in one direction - up. If the value of your property goes up, ergo your property taxes follow suit. If the value of your property goes down, it's also often true that taxes rise, too. No one has ever been able to explain that municipal magic. 

Radio station 101.5FM recently did their own analysis of property taxes in New Jersey, and discovered 55 towns where property taxes actually went down in the last year. That is less than 10% of the total number of towns in the Garden State of 565. These statistics usually come from the State Department of Community Affairs. 

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Here in Hunterdon County, we faired a bit better: Out of our 26 municipalities, five were able to lower their taxes. Five out of 26 is about 20%, twice as good as the state average. 

Here is what 101.5FM found for Hunterdon County. If you live in one of these towns, maybe your municipal government is doing something right.

Tewksbury Township

Average assessment: $658,339
Average tax bill: $14,602
1-year change: 0.14%

Califon Borough
Average assessment: $330,791
Average tax bill: $11,594
1-year change: 1.09%

Franklin Township
Average assessment: $426,166
Average tax bill: $11,362
1-year change: 2.49%

Readington Township
Average assessment: $364,143
Average tax bill: $11,074
1-year change: 2.17%

Delaware Township
Average assessment: $420,524
Average tax bill: $10,862
1-year change: 2.44%

Our TAPinto You! question is: What do you think Hunterdon towns should do to control property taxes? 

TAPinto will release the result at the end of the week.