SCOTCH PLAINS – Former Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks and businessman William “Bo” Vastine, Republican candidates for state Assembly in the 22nd Legislative District, said today that Democrats Jerry Green and Linda Stender have failed their constituents in controlling property taxes.
Green and Stender “promised voters that they would lower their property tax burden and have done nothing but make it worse over the past four years,” said Marks.
“Jerry and Linda are nothing more than tax and spend legislators,” added Vastine.
According to a report by the Tax Foundation, a non-profit tax research group based in Washington, D.C.:
- Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties are among the top 20 counties in the entire nation that have the highest property taxes.
- Somerset County has the 7th highest property taxes in the nation and the average bill was $7,943 in 2008. Union County was ranked the 11th highest with $7,257 and Middlesex came in 17th with $6,155.
According to an investigative report conducted by Gannett newspapers:
- New Jersey’s average property tax bill tops the nation at $7,045 and is on pace to exceed $10,000 in the next decade.
- Nearly 45 percent of all taxes raised in New Jersey comes from property assessments, exceeding the national average of 29 percent.
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