Dr. Ernest Reock Jr.

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New Rutgers Research Looks at Unequal Property Tax Burdens, Multiple Causes

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Ouch! Property Tax Bite Hurts More in Some Towns, but not for Reasons Most Often Cited

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – With New Jersey’s property taxes frequently cited as among the highest in the nation, their unequal burden on the state’s municipalities and residents is a topic of continual debate at town meetings and in the media.

But new research issued by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS) finds that two of the most oft-cited causes – high levels of municipal and school spending – are rarely responsible for the excessive property tax burdens in the state’s most burdened municipalities.

Rather, says the researcher, Dr. Ernest Reock Jr., it’s much more complicated than that.

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