Cranford Property Taxes Among Highest in State

The town ranked in the top 200 in New Jersey.

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.

Andy Jacksonian August 10, 2012 at 05:00 AM
What the hell is going on with property taxes in Cranford? We just received our 3rd quarter property tax bills and they are up amongst the neighbors between $500 and $1,000 as this year's annual increase. This is outrageous. I just called my in laws in Clark and their 3rd and 4th Quarter property taxes this year are stabilized (no increase!). How incompetent and gutless is our TC? What do we have to do to reverse this decision and roll back our property taxes to a reasonable amount in Cranford?
Monk August 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM
For one thing, Andy, the TC needs to put the budget out there in a more prominent and intelligible manner. I searched online for the Cranford budget and found this lengthy PDF document that defied comprehension. I suggested to the newest members that they include a pie chart with the tax bill. Show us the the top ten budget categories and then further break down the top three. Then justify the expenditures. That's what I'd like to see the TC do. I guess I'll have to write them again.
Andy Jacksonian August 11, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Thank you for the reply Monk. However, waiting for the TC and their crony parasites to decrypt their deceptive budget is simply unacceptable. It's time that the town's budget be determined line item by line item by a voters' referendum methodology where everything can be carefully eyeballed and approved by all, instead of utilizing the putrid self serving methodology that serves only the bullying unions and corrupt cronies feeding off Cranford taxpayers' teat. Over the last dozen years, the town's property taxes have doubled approximately. What exactly do we have twice of since then that justifies the doubling of our tax expenses? Do we have twice as many police on the street, twice the teachers in the classrooms, twice the schools, twice the public works personnel, twice the municipal facilities? No, but we do have twice the taxes without comparative compensating benefits! Its time to be adults and cut back severely to compensate for all the moneys we gave away to TC's crony lawyers, contractors, unions, etc. until we get our house in order once again.
Andy Jacksonian August 11, 2012 at 01:40 AM
And btw, how is it that these huge property tax increases are issues that are simply dodged by the local newspapers or TV news media? Why are these huge issues swept under the rug?
Monk August 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM
I think you've nailed it, AJ. Cryptic, expanding budgets, and no public interest. What do we do next?
Andy Jacksonian August 13, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Its time for someone on the TC to step up and be courageous enough to put a number of items out for vote as the city of San Jose, CA recently did. For instance ... put the annual budgets (with well defined line items) out each Nov for annual townwide voters approvals. Then ... 1) Put the ridiculously overblown looming pensions costs out for a vote to decide what percentage of those we will actually pay. 2) Put out for vote ... the possible banning of or limiting the powers of public unions ... and at the very least criminalizing union work actions or even the threat of the same with mandatory non negotiable financial and criminal penalties for either; 3) Put the ridiculously overblown sewer processing costs out for a vote for what percentage we will actually pay and let the developer, the investment bankers and the insurance companies pickup the rest of the costs for their complicity in contributing to the overblown costs. 4) Make the Public Works Department do our (and their) own town's infrastructure work rather than putting all that same work out to cronies contractors bidding. Start with having DPW employees re-apply for their jobs (there is no shortage of qualified construction workers out there) And, sans the courage to do 1), 2), 3) and 4) ... declare bankruptcy to clear out our debt overhead and start anew without all the contractual and other overhead items keeping us pinned to the floor now.
Andy Jacksonian August 18, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Cranford TC needs a Paul Ryan type to take leadership role!


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