Morris County Property Taxes Down .8 Percent, Freeholder Says

Director said county plans not to increase taxes in 2013 while still providing 'essential services.'

Morris County property taxes fell .8 percent last year, the only county drop in the state, according to Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo.

In a press release sent Monday, Mastrangelo, a Montville resident, credited Gov. Chris Christie and his administration for redirecting property taxes downward through legislation enacted during his tenure.

"By enacting salary arbitration, health benefits, and pension reform, local government was given the tools to reduce property taxes and in Morris County we did," he said.

Mastrangelo said the .8 percent figure was inclusive of local, school and county levies. The county was able to maintain a bond rating of AAA.

"In 2013 we are seeking no increase in property tax dollars to run county government while still delivering essential services. With the assistance and hard work of the department heads and employees of county government, I believe we can achieve this goal," Mastrangelo said.

The freeholder director said he plans to increase shared services efforts and cut spending. He will also call for the state legislature to pass sick-pay and civil service reform.

"I know my fellow freeholders are ready to roll up their sleeves and work together for smaller, smarter government, so we can continue to deliver tax relief to the residents of Morris County," he said.

Les Le Gear January 14, 2013 at 02:39 PM
This is news to me. Even though my reassessment was lowered, my Montville property tax went UP 12%.
Eric Cartmann January 14, 2013 at 03:55 PM
What is Montville doing to it? He said the county tax won't go up. Kudos for someone holding the line!
clyde donovan January 14, 2013 at 04:22 PM
The freeholders bond huge amounts of debit each year so only a very small debit-service amount shows up in the annual county budget. Eventually the borrowing will backfire on the county.
Sick of the trolls January 14, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Oh, good one "clyde" posting as "Eric Cartmann" then signing out and posting again under "clyde." Nobody will notice that one. Maybe you can have like 30 screen names and make every comment on a thread! Watching you talk to yourself could be interesting.
Eric Cartmann January 14, 2013 at 04:28 PM
OH, like the Federal Government! Can you share where they borrow money to pay for operating expenses so we can all see it?
clyde donovan January 14, 2013 at 04:52 PM
The operating expenses are passed along in the annual budget. The bonding is an attempt to hide the the extravagant spending habits of the freeholder. Look online at some of the freeholders' agendas and minutes. ttp://www.co.morris.nj.us/freeholders/publicmeetings.asp The freeholders just p!ssed away $5.1 million of your tax money to buy 113 acres in Harding Township so the rich people there don't have to put up with the same kind of high-density development found in Parsippany.
Eric Cartmann January 14, 2013 at 04:55 PM
They all piss away $. You are claiming they are rolling operating shortfalls into debt and financiing it. That's bad. That is why DC is bankrupt. I just don't see where it is happening.
Not Domino January 14, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Always nice when our taxes are reduced from unacceptably and insanely astronomical to a few pennies less than unacceptably and insanely astronomical. Now I can afford a latte once a month. Yay.
BiggDogg January 14, 2013 at 07:28 PM
good for the county but I sure know Morristowns taxes were raised.
Chris January 14, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Makes more sense to rent a 1 bedroom apartment than to buy and pay property taxes.
Chris January 14, 2013 at 07:54 PM
...But with property taxes are so high, it still makes more sense to rent than to buy. Why pay $8000 in property taxes when I can rent an apartment for $12,000 year. Plus, the state gives me a ton of money back on my tax refund for renting and I am sure I'd be paying more than the $4,000/yr difference in interest alone.
LVMom January 14, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Really, are you sure... I'm not sure that will be a monthly latte... as your federal taxes took a 2%+ increase... so no latte for us :(
Jerry Gordon January 14, 2013 at 09:34 PM
You're not to bright are you? You're such a hypocrite too, you HATE anything Republican and LOVE Obama, who is HELL BENT on raising your taxes and lies so much modern psychiatry has yet develop a term for his malady. Your taxes are not going down because of your blind support for the THE K-8 BOE. Enrollment is dropping and spending is staying about the same. Why? Because of people like YOU who don't get the message, that at this point, you're only supporting the unions through your property taxes.There's too many jobs and infrastructure at the schools for the amount of students enrolled. And please, don't come back with one of your HATE-filled rants. For once, please try and be objective when you answer and factor in dropping enrollment in your reply. OK?
Chris January 14, 2013 at 09:48 PM
If bought a house for $150k, the taxes on it would be about $5K. 5% interest on 150K would be $7500 for the year. In total that would come out to be $12,500 just in taxes and interest alone. My payments would prob only put another $2500 in equity in the house. Add another $1k-2k in points and my total payments on a house would be $17,000/yr compared to my apartment which I am paying $1,000 a month for or $12,000 a year. Now am I going to get $5K back from the government in taxes? Currently, I am not paying for heat nor am I paying for maintenance. I also didn't have to pay closing costs. I'd prob have to be in a house for at least a few years to pay off the closing cost. I just don't see the benefit of actually buying a house in NJ. Taxes are just wayy wayy too high. Now, if I had a family and I needed more space, then it def would make sense to rent. I mean, good for you Kevin. You are prob making well over $100K, to afford a $678K house and 16K/year taxes. But the insane property taxes just don't make sense to me. I mean, you are wasting $16k on your property every year. I hope you are not looking at real estate as an investment, because the way I look at it is that you are loosing tens of thousands of dollars every year on your property. At least with renting, I am only losing just $10k.
The Stig January 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Actually, it's less than one-tenth of one percent decrease (effectively a rounding error). And your increase is just about the same, slightly more than one-tenth of one percent. Sure you really missed that $18. Assuming you received a salary increase last year as most of us have, your disposable income actually went up. Thank you Governor Christie, aka The Boss.
Chris January 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM
No, I understand Kevin. It's just frustrating being a young person growing up in such horrible economic times. Its just mind boggling to imagine how people are able to afford to live in this state. Property values are astronomically high, taxes are so high. Combine that with the college debt that me an my generation have, its no wonder why me and everyone I know think home ownership is a thing of the past. Couple that with the government that is so out of touch with reality, its a lose lose situation for all of us. I mean really.. they are celebrating a .8% decrease in property taxes as a win? I wonder who is reaping the benefits of that decrease when everyone here is saying that their taxes actually increased.
Jerry Gordon January 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Kevin Nedd, obfuscating the issue again? You think you beat me,but you haven't, you're intellectually dishonesty runs through all of your posts. Why are you so afraid to talk abut the disparity of the dropping enrollment vs. the amount of money being spent? I'm not laughing, but I bet the readers who don't post comments are.
Chris January 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Jerry, first, nobody cares. And secondly, if anyone is laughing, they're laughing at you, not with you. You sound like a fool.
Jerry Gordon January 14, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Kevin Nedd. If you're so sure of yourself why don't you run for Township Committee again? And while you're at it have Chris run your campaign.
Jerry Gordon January 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM
@stig,you forgot to factor in that Kevin got an Obama payroll increase too, he's out a lot more than $18. But we don't here him complaining about that, do we?
Jerry Gordon January 14, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Kevin Nedd, blah, blah, blah, get over it! You coulda been a contenda...or in your case a politician. Ken Short's still in office, you're not.
Jerry Gordon January 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Not Tom Lotito. Next you'll be calling me Greg. Who else do you think I am?
Jerry Gordon January 15, 2013 at 01:46 AM
But it was a tax on the working poor, which Obama said he was a champion of.
Jerry Gordon January 15, 2013 at 02:29 AM
So you're admitting Obama is not really for people working at or below the poverty line?
Jerry Gordon January 15, 2013 at 02:58 AM
But it's still a tax increase, despite all of that phony, plastic good will, redistributing other peoples wealth.
Jerry Gordon January 15, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Kevin Nedd, you're all over the place, on the one hand you're defending an Obama payroll tax hike of 2% on the working poor. And on the other hand you're complaining about your property taxes and a county decrease in your taxes of.8 percent. The only thing I can discern after reading your comments is you're incapable of putting fourth a consistent argument on your positions as to where you stand on tax issues. Good day.
nicolas January 15, 2013 at 05:03 PM
This guy mastrangelo does not know what he is talking about.I live in rockaway township and my taxes increased by 8%.Perhaps he made a mistake with the decimal point and instead of up he said down.Perhaps he is talking about his property taxes. DO NOT TRUST A POLITICIAN!! False claims.
susan wilton January 16, 2013 at 05:06 PM
I haven't seen any tax relief yet?
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 27, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Keep them coming down, I have 200,000 unrealized losses in my morristown properties and i need money to keep them fixed up and looking nice. Keep cutting your budgets and laying off city workers and cutting unnecessary services, and overtime. start with Mark King and that uncouth clerk in that office. They are out of hand. Follow Mark King around town and he will break so many town ordinances it is not even funny. I am going to start taking pictures and videos of this guy. Laws and regulations don't seem to apply to him. This tells me there is just the tip of the ice berg, if someone looked under the water, you would be surprised at what you see.


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