While Scotch Plains Township acts as the sole tax collector of property taxes, your property taxes are levied by three governments: Union County, Scotch Plains Fanwood Board of Education, and the Township itself.
Since the bipartisan laws were enacted, the increases have been 4.7%, 2.2% and 1.1% respectively. While NJ property taxes are still astronomical, the change in growth has been noticeable.
Unfortunately, the State Legislature is refusing to act on renewal until after the November 7th election.
In a couple weeks voters have the opportunity to elect new leadership in Trenton. Republican candidate Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has said she would sign a renewal of the 2% interest arbitration cap. Democratic candidate Phil Murphy has said he needs time to study the issue. This is a disingenuous punt on an issue from a candidate who has been running for Governor for well over a year, has decades of finance experience, and on an item that passed with unanimous bipartisan support only a few years ago. Should he win, I would encourage him to study the numbers above.
In the meantime, I urge voters who are concerned with their property tax bills to research where candidates running for Governor, State Assembly, and State Senate stand on this issue. I encourage voters to support candidates who are committed to property tax relief.
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