Recently released state data confirms what most of us already knew: Cranford has some of the highest property taxes in New Jersey.
Cranford ranked 136th out of New Jersey's 566 municipalities in 2009, with the average township resident paying $8,788. That's up from $8,450 in 2008. After the NJ Saver Rebate, taxpayers paid an average of $7,529 in 2009.
Cranford has seen a 70 percent increase since 1999, when the average property tax payment was $5,148.
Out of Union County's 21 municipalities, Cranford ranked in the top ten with Berkeley Heights, Springfield, Mountainside and Roselle. Summit, New Providence, and Westfield led the pack, with average property taxes of $14,629, $12,762, and $11,056 respectively.
Which New Jersey residents were hit the hardest in 2009? That would be the people of Millburn, which ranked No. 1 in the state with an average property tax bill of $19,097.
The lowest on the list? That would be teeny-tiny Walpack in Sussex County. The residents there paid an average of $490 in 2009.
Overall in New Jersey, the average residential property tax bill was $7,281 in 2009, up from $7,045 in 2008.
The data is compiled each year by the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs. To view the information, go here.