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Marlboro and Colts Neck Property Taxes Rose in 2012

Both townships have higher overall bills than the state average prices.

Property tax bills in Marlboro and Colts Neck rose slightly in 2012 from the previous year, but the increase is still lower than the state average increase of 1.7 percent.

But while the percent of increase from 2011 was lower, Marlboro and Colts Neck still pay more than the average New Jersey resident for municipal and county taxes.

According to The Star Ledger, statewide average increases were the lowest since 1991 and remained under the mandatory 2 percent cap put in place by Gov. Chris Christie. 

Marlboro Townships taxes rose .6 percent since 2011 and residents are paying an average total bill of $9,690.10, broken up between municipal, county and school taxes.

Colts Neck Township taxes rose .9 percent since 2011, with residents paying an average of $13,508.71 split unevenly between the tree property tax categories which make up the bill.

Colts Neck tax bills are the third largest in the county, next to a more than $23,000 average bill in Loch Arbour Billage and more than $15,000 bill in Deal.

In Marlboro, the effort to remain under the 2 percent cap and continue to search for revenue sources has led to reworking services within the township since 2008. Township employees are now furloughed every Friday, and several Recreation Department programs previously offered for free are now attached to fees.

"We have increased commercial ratables," Mayor Jon Hornik said. "We have also made some policy changes in terms of carry-over time for employees and fringe benefits."

Neighboring towns are experiencing similar increases, remaining under the state 2 percent cap.

Matawan residents are paying .6 percent more than 2011, but at an average bill of $8,305.79.

In the immediate arena of the Marlboro and Colts Neck area, Manalapan and Freehold Township residents experienced the largest increases.

Manalapan at a 1.2 percent increase has an average bill of $7,593.95. Freehold residents experienced a 2.4 percent increase, above the cap, with an average bill of $8,034.87.

A bill in the State Senate sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) will promote shared services among municipalities, such as emergency services and public works. According to The Star Ledger, the bill would shrink government expenses. Municipalities without shared services would lose state aid.

Hornik said Marlboro continues shared services with entities such as the Marlboro Board of Education, and will continue to do so.

"The way to make shared services work is to make the benefits so great that the taxpayers demand it from their officials," Hornik said. "You have to overcome the strong need in New Jersey to remain independent."

According to The Star Ledger, Christie and local municipal officials believe Hurricane Sandy could result in unprecedented tax increases in badly damaged areas. 

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.

Hornik said Marlboro had substantial costs, and the township isn't yet sure how it will impact 2013 bills.

"It depends on the reimbursement; what we get from FEMA."

Both Marlboro and Colts Neck have calculated estimated bills due to Hurricane Sandy at almost $1 million or more, a large portion of which is expected to be reimbursed by FEMA.

cynicinmarlboro January 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM
This does not surprise me. And costs for Sandy will add more no matter how much we get from FEMA. The question remains: why DO we pay more than other towns in the area despite the lower increase? What makes these other towns run more efficiently? Of course we must remember that we are supporting two school districts with about 65% of our taxes going there. And the school districts have no idea how to run efficiently. We have certainly seen that over and over again with the FRHSD as well as all the unions with their feeling of entitlement no matter what the current economy is doing for those in the private sector.
Michael Mirkin January 15, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Lets also remember that our taxes are up practically every year since Hornik has become mayor. We had two increases in his first term to cover municipal pension and benefit obligations, and a 2.5 cent increase last year that was not made public until after the election. Do you mean to tell me that J Carp the business manager did not know there was going to be a revenue shortage for the upcoming fiscal year? Why all of a sudden there was a revenue shortage is a. no more surplus left over in the water authority b. property taxes were calculated at a higher rate then what was actually collected b/c of a botched property revaluation that was contested at record #? Then the mayor has the hutzpa to comp the swim facility on Vand patronage with commuter parking fees being increased. I am sorry Mr. Mayor but that how taxes r paid in Marlb by people going to work in NYC.
anonymous January 15, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Taxes for Marlboro will rise again. With Hurricane Sandy, the two seperate school districts will likely get less state aid so more funds will be devoted to the cleanup and reconstruction efforts. You have a minority in the Marlboro population (the parents of school age children) that wants to put armed police officers in schools, which would result in an increase in school taxes, and give a false sense of security. On top of that, you have a High School District (FRHSD), doling out money left and right to administrators, with no opposition or questioning by elected members of the Board of Education. The new superintendent has basically been given a blank check--with no "checks and balances" to set the salaries of these high-priced administrators. Wait until the end of year when the Board--the rubber stamping board--gives this man a year end bonus--for doing the job he already gets paid $177,500.00 dollars for. This bonus can be as high as $26,000.00. I believe 2012's bonus was just shy of that figure. Lets see if the superintendents personal battle with the Manalapan principal will be won in court. If the superintendent loses--the district and taxpayers lose. Ya think taxes will go up since this battle is now ranging in the $400,000.00 dollar range so far?

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