Union County Homes: Real Estate Taxes and Education

Real Estate Taxes and Education

Based on the 2015 tax bills compiled by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey's property taxes are among the highest in the Country.Most of your real estate taxes go to support the local public schools. Good public not only educate your children - they also provide an education for all of the children in your town and therefore increase property values.

But the cost of educating a child in NJ varies tremendously from town to town. Some towns receive more in Federal funding for schools than others. Whatever is not paid for by the Federal government is collected in the form of real estate taxes. Recently, the Patch published a list of New Jersey towns and their comparable average tax bills. The amount of your real estate taxes that go to support public schools varies but the Patch's article does not take that in to consideration.
In comparison, there are the Union County towns with the highest average real estate taxes:
Westfield - $9,254 (#29 in the State)
Summit - $8,578 (#38 in the State)
Scotch Plains - $7,947 (#52)
New Providence - $7,619 (#72)
Fanwood - $6,685 (#90)
Union - $5,931 (#130)
Cranford - $5,682 (#143)
Springfield - $5,409 (#162)
Roselle Park - $5,049 (#184)
Clark - $4,999 (#193)
Linden - $4217 (#267)
Kenilworth - $4,137 (#277)
Rahway - $3,811 (#321)
Roselle - $3,662 (#334)
Elizabeth - $2,317 (#474)
Are real estate taxes a factor for you when you chose where to live?




~ Wayne & Jean 

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Comment balloon 3 commentsWayne and Jean Marie Zuhl • June 06 2016 02:58PM


It is nice that your community is supporting schools. It is not nice that your taxes have increased, but our children is our future. Thank you for posting about local news.

Posted by Jan Sohlman, RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) almost 4 years ago

Wayne and Jean,  I am always amazed when I hear what folks in other states pay in property taxes. And folks are always shocked when they come to our market and find property taxes so low.

Our county property tax rate is $279.00 per $100,000.00 assessed value.  I wonder if the kids in high tax states get a better education...

Granted, we have some of the lowest taxes in the state, but when "they" raise taxes, "they" always say "it's for education." I call BS.

I bet if the state of North Carolina wisely spent all the money it makes from the North Carolina Education Lottery, our kids should all be exposed to the finest education system in the country - and our taxes should drop!  Yeah, right...

OK, gotta run - down to the gas station to buy another ticket!

Posted by John Dotson, The experience to get you to the other side! (Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC) almost 4 years ago

Hi Wayne and Jean, this is really important information for clients. I often get asked the questions regarding the taxes.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 4 years ago