ROXBURY, NJ – The recent revaluation in Roxbury Township resulted in a slight reduction in property taxes for most homeowners, according to town records.

The revaluation increased the assessed value of all taxed properties in the township but reduced the tax rate, according to the township Tax Assessor’s Office. 

The total assessed value of all properties in the township increased by more than $1.4 billion. However, the tax rate declined $1.73 per $100 of assessed valuation, going from the 2018 rate of $4.310 to the new rate of $2.580.

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That resulted in slightly smaller tax bills for most homeowners, according to the tax assessor’s office. It said the average residential tax bill in 2018 was about $8,978. The current average residential tax bill is about $8,855.

More than 60 percent of Roxbury’s 7,873 residential property owners enjoyed reductions in their tax bills, according to the records. About 34 percent saw tax increases of $100 or more, and about 5.4 percent saw either no tax increase or tax increases of less than $100.

The Price of Lakeside Living

Roxbury Tax Assessor Joseph McKeon said houses on Lake Hopatcong tended to see the largest valuation/tax bill increases. That’s because property values on the lake have increased substantially – and more than in other areas of Roxbury - since 2000, when the town was last subject to a property revaluation, McKeon said.

His office has been fielding a few calls from taxpayers who aren’t happy with increases in their tax bills as the Aug. 20 payment deadline approaches.

“We got more this week than in the past several weeks,” he said, noting tax bills were mailed recently. “We had about 20 people question their amounts. Part of my job is to explain things to people.”

McKeon said 162 people appealed to the county tax board the values placed on their properties by Appraisal Systems of Glen Rock, the company that performed the revaluation.  He did not have exact figures, but McKeon said “overall” the tax board found that the values calculated by Appraisal Systems were fair.

The average residential property assessed value in Roxbury is now $343,200. Prior to the revaluation, that value was pegged at $208,300.

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