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Lacey's Tax Bill on Low Side, Compared to State Average

Tax hike from 2011 above state average

Lacey’s property tax bills remain among the lowest in the state. But the township had one of the highest increases in 2012.

The data is contained within a Star Ledger analysis that looked at the average bills in all 566 municipalities in the state in 2012, two years after the Legislature and Gov. Chris Christie enacted a hard 2 percent cap on local budget growth.

Lacey had an average $4,822 tax bill in 2012, as compared to the $7,870.28 state average. However, the analysis found that the statewide average growth over 2011 was 1.7 percent, with Lacey’s average bill increasing 3.3 percent.

The analysis shows that 113 municipalities out of 566 had a higher tax increase than Lacey. Manchester and Ship Bottom also had a 3.3 percent tax hike.

It also shows that 477 municipalities out of 566 had a higher total bill than Lacey did in 2012.

The report noted that property taxes statewide rose 2.4 percent in 2011, the first year Christie’s 2 percent cap was in effect. But the trend of lower increases could be reversed because of Hurricane Sandy, according to the report.

In Manasquan, which suffered some of the worst damage from Sandy, local officials said the cost of rebuilding might drive up tax rates by at least 20 percent, the report said. To top it off, the tax base shrank as properties were washed away, according to the report. Towns are allowed to exceed the 2 percent limit on property tax collections for emergencies such as Sandy. 

Town

County

Average County Bill

Average Municipal Bill

Average School Bill

Average Total Bill

Percent Change from 2011

Lacey

Ocean

$1,076.29

$717.92

$3,027.88

$4,822.09

3.30%

Statewide

Average

$1,424.45

$2,324.66

$4,120.16

$7,870.28

1.70%

creepster January 18, 2013 at 01:22 PM
How does the 10+ million dollars Lacey gets for Oyster Creek come into play with those numbers? If we didn't receive that money what would our tax bill look like compared to the others?
GB Shore January 18, 2013 at 01:52 PM
You beat me to the punch. I will throw up if either the Town Committee or the Board of Ed uses this in any way shape or form in a public comment. Our taxes are lower EXACTLY for that reason....we get a subsidy from the State for having it here. That is why I am getting out of dodge soon. The State is in a shambles and our Committee keeps telling us that our money is set aside and guaranteed. Maybe they can explain why we receive LESS now than what we used to. The fact is, if the State goes down the tubes, our little $12 million of whatever we get now is a drop in the bucket and they will give a rats ass about Lacey. I am getting out before that happens because if we lose that money or any other part of it, this will become a ghost town...
Chief Wahoo January 18, 2013 at 03:22 PM
We must now raise property taxes as high as possible.....we have an opportunity to make Jersey shine and must do this now....do not be selfish Jersey Strong
Giant fan January 18, 2013 at 03:34 PM
The approxamately 11 million that the town receives is called energy use tax. it is strictly for Municipal use. The BOE nor the County receive no additional funds from this It should also be noted that every municipality in the state receives energy use tax. Of course we receive more than anyone due to hosting a nuleur power plant. should be noted that the County nor the Board of Ed receive any additional funds
Robert Yates January 18, 2013 at 04:20 PM
While the BOE may not get any of the EUT, it is also true that township property tax abatements affect only the town and not the BOE. And while it makes sense that the BOE gets none of the EUT (as the BOE provides no services to the power plant), it does not make sense that the BOE should not share the loss associated with property tax abatements as property taxes are are the primary source of revenue for both the town and the BOE. It should also be noted the the power plant also pays property taxes, so they are taxed twice. Once by the township and the county in the form of property taxes and once by the state in the form of an EUT, and probably again and in multiple ways by the feds. Heck, where is the incentive to stay open? I assume Chief Wahoo is being sarcastic?
tr January 18, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Are we, the taxpayers, supposed to be happy that our Township Elected Officials are among the top 20% of SPENDERS,in our state, of our tax dollars when compared to their peers in other municipalities for this past year? This Board of Education SPENDS 63% of every tax dollar collected in Lacey and ranks in the BOTTOM 1/3 of desirable school districts in the state. Ranked 257 out of 328 in the state for this year, (http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns_and_schools/top-new-jersey-high-schools-2012-.html). I do not think we should be HAPPY at all!!!! Very poor performance.
just do it January 18, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Towns are allowed to exceed the 2 percent limit on property tax collections for emergencies such as Sandy. Sounds like every town will be taking advantage of that loophole
Chief Wahoo January 18, 2013 at 05:17 PM
we must raise taxes 33% higher, while we have this one opportunity to do so....Yes, Just do it......No, dont be selfish Jersey Strong
proud January 18, 2013 at 05:34 PM
In six years Lacey will be at the top of the list. If they keep going the way they are,it could be sooner.
JOHNNY Done it March 09, 2013 at 04:04 AM
WE are on our way there this budget year....

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