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Toms River's Tax Bill On Low Side, Compared To State Average

Cost of rebuilding after Sandy could affect rates, according to Star-Ledger analysis

Toms River's property tax bills were 30 percent lower than the state average in 2012 - despite increasing over 2011.

Toms River's 2.2 percent tax bill hike was 221st out of 566 total tax bill hikes, higher than the state's average of 1.7.

The township's tax bill is 433rd out of 566 municipalities, according to a Star-Ledger analysis. Toms River's average tax bill is $5,460.39, compared to the state average of $7,870.28.

The Star-Ledger reported 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.

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TownCountyAverage County BillAverage Municipal BillAverage School BillAverage Total BillPercent Change from 2011 Toms River 
Ocean  $1,231.34  $1,465.01   $2,764.04    $5,460.39         2.2%
lauren January 15, 2013 at 09:18 PM
@ I have spoken. Have a summer home on the barrier island. Don't have a child attending Toms River School and I PAY FOR THEM! So don't think you LIVING on the MAIN LAND can say YOU pay your fair share. You pay for what you should be paying for. I pay for services I DON"T USE. I pay for services at HOME and for my barrier island beach house as well. And don't tell me thats what I get for owning a summer home. If I had a problem with it, YES I would sell it. ( That's if I could) And by the way I would gladly pay the taxes on the $40,000 bungalow, thats not what is costing me the most, it's what is being charged for the PROPERTY itself and all the other services that once again I do not use. Oh and I guess there is NO ONE on the MAINLAND trying to sell a home for more than its worth???? Ive got swamp land to sell you.
Really? January 15, 2013 at 09:39 PM
@lauren...What about all the people on the mainland that pay high property taxes and do not and have never had children in the school system? The mainland only gets garbage pick up once a week year round yet in the summer the barrier island gets twice a week. We share the police staff and every time I go over the bridge to the barrier, I see plenty of our police patrolling your streets. The majority of the mainland residents have been paying their share for years and those that weren't, as well as the majority of barrier island residents, now are also since the property values & taxes were reevaluated a few years ago. Oh, and for your information, the barrier island wasn't the only place that sustained damage from Sandy....there is mass devastation over here as well and the majority of it happened to people's primary residences. Be grateful that you have a nice warm primary home someplace else and stop your whining.
molly January 15, 2013 at 09:44 PM
does anyone know what portion of the TR budget revenue comes from the island? If the island stays as is, and is slow to recover,then there will be an across the board impact for all of TR. I also agree with some others that a true and plain accounting of TR dollars spent versus Fed $ received to offset the $ spent by TR need to be known so one can make a fair case for needing additinal tax revenue. It may seem simplistic to compare,but where I live we often exceed the $ some winters for snow removal,and yet don't raise tax $.
molly January 15, 2013 at 09:46 PM
agreed !!
Irina January 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM
@Really? Well said.....If Lauren doesn't like they way the taxes are set up because she doesn't have kids in our schools....THEN SELL....Don't cry me a river because I really don't care. Personally YOU are a bennie and we really dislike bennies especially ones who whinnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeeee!
BKS January 15, 2013 at 10:56 PM
@I have spoken Your funny - glad there is a bay separating us.
Gage January 15, 2013 at 11:32 PM
As overtaxing the barrier island goes, It's not just that my child does not attend TR schools but I pay for it. 9 months out of the year I don't have any trash picked up, the library is closed or the hours scalled back, no parks or recreationsal areas to keep up, simply nothing from TR except the tax bill. You may see police in August on the island, but how many patrol the streets in February, the answer is almost none. A long time ago my grandmother, who by the way purchased our 550 sf mansion for $3,500 was conned by some hustler from TR, talking about paved roads and increased service. We have the roads, we have some services, now you own us and are abusing the relationship.
Senior Citizen January 16, 2013 at 12:29 AM
By the way spoken we did not have a police present on the island until 2009 when many homes were broken into. Seem to me you would like to own a house on the island now your chance to become a bennie and stop being a whining whinnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeeee move up and become a bennie. Maybe you can buy one on my block and we can live happy ever after.
Irina January 16, 2013 at 01:32 AM
WAAAAAAA WAAAAAAAAAA WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Elizabeth Comune January 16, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Lizzy I can't believe the bickering between the TR inland people and the island people. This is America. We should all help each other. No wonder starting with Washington the world is in such turmoil. Say a prayer that we all survive and can enjoy life.
BKS January 16, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Hahahahahahahahaha
ComplainersAnnoyMe January 16, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Sounds like the island is an awful place to live, even without the awful devastation Sandy brought. No police presence, high taxes, no library, no parks or recreation, no children (except for those who you rent your houses to...), high taxes.... I am surprised that anybody who knew about that when house shopping would have bought any way. And I can't believe those that inherited their houses wouldn't have tried to sell right away.
Lenny O. January 16, 2013 at 02:21 PM
I live in a small ranch on the lagoon in Green Island. Or should I say lived. The home was really damged in Oct and we cannot live there until is is fixed, raised or whatever. We are seriouly considering doing nothing and letting it sit, as we now for sure owe more then it is worth. We are kind of lucky to have a fully paid for condo in Fla. So let the bank have it in 3 years.
1stcav January 16, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Leeny O: Make sure you have a mail box on that land as the bank and tax collector WILL get in touch with you and your pockets ! You HAVE to pay taxes and die for sure, and they will tax your death also in taxes at the Home/cemetery where you will be interned..county on it.. Surprised they don't charge an EXIT tax on death as they NOW do when you sell your home and leave this great State !
peter festa January 16, 2013 at 06:46 PM
how about this my home was damaged and I was told by FEMA I get nothing 000000 because it is my second home so I have to pay for the whole thing to be fixed and not with my tax money that I pay for every year but you get us to pay for your primary residance so there is an inequality here. So stop bad mouthing the part timers who get nothing but abuse for no services at all.
Irina January 16, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I have a suggestion for you Peter....When you close your home in the fall. Pick it up along with the land and put it in storage. The HOUSE is here full time, if it was here only part time I can see you have an argument.
OB2forever January 16, 2013 at 09:37 PM
The residents on the mainland are correct - the island is now paying our fair share of taxes, regardless of the services we use. That being said, should the island residents assume the mainland residents are in FULL agreement with the clean-up, street paving, extra police, etc., so we can get into our homes? After all, we are paying FULL-TIME taxes, so we should get FULL-TIME services :))
peter festa January 17, 2013 at 01:35 AM
well said Ortley BEACH IS DEADS IN THE WINTER TIME WITH BLINKING LIGHTS AND NO TRAFFIC TO THINK ABOUT WHILE THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE EVERYTHING IS ALIVE AND KICKING SURE WE PAY THE SAME TAXES SO WE CAN HELP YOU OUT AND YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO BASH US. YOU SHOULD KISS OUR FEET .
Senior Citizen January 17, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Wake up smell the coffee all I said was we have paid the same taxes for the last 70 years.We do have a police presence.But this did not start until the summer of 2009 when about 35 homes were broken into and so was mine.What I cannot understand is why people have a problem with someone who has a second home .I bought this house so my grandchildren can go to beach and seaside park and get out of the city.My wife and I come about 185 days a year.The people on the islands do not make the laws or have anything to with the taxes if you have a problem it is not with us but with the officials that were elected.
Senior Citizen January 17, 2013 at 04:15 AM
To spoken it really nice that no one can reply to you.So maybe you can answer two questions for me. First what is the difference if the damage is to the first or second home.Second did you write this yourself or did you get help quote (WAAAAAAA WAAAAAAAAAA WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA)
peter festa January 17, 2013 at 04:44 PM
THIS IS THE LAW FEMA WILL NOT HELP YOU BUILD IF ITS YOUR SECOND HOME IS THT TOO HARD TO UNDERSTAND EVEN THOUGH WE ALL PAY THE SAME TAXES ON BOTH OF OUR HOMES AND YOU CAN BE DENIED BECAUSE IT IS NOT YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE. WITH THIS IN MIND MAYBE OUR TAX RATE ON MY SECOND HOME SHOULD BE DIFFERENT THAN OUR PRIMARY HOME.FAIR ENOUGH. NOW TELL ME IF THIS HAPPENED TO YOUR YOU WOULND'NT BE UPSET.
Tonysoprano_62 January 17, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Is it true that the flood insurance premium for non-compliance or not raising your house above the new ABFE'S can be increased to 30 to 50K annually? This was the information I was quoted when I called the Toms River building/construction department to inquire. We need to get together folks. Otherwise it's turn out the lights for the middle class in Toms River.
Senior Citizen January 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Tonysoprano_62 I was told that if you are below tke flood elevation by 4 feet your Tonysoprano_62 I was told that if you are below the flood elevation by 4 feet your flood insurance will in will increase to 35,000.00 a year if you are at the flood elevation level 7,000 a year.You will get a discount for up to three feet over the flood level, Max. discount 45% for 2 feet a lesser discount for 1 foot a lesser discount .I was at town hall today and they gave me a sheet called Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy. I hope this help. Contact your flood ins..company
Senior Citizen January 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM
HI Peter I am in the same boat as you this is my second home.I am upset that we do not get any help from Fema.But think about all the poor people who do not have flood insurance.
peter festa January 18, 2013 at 06:04 PM
thank you for responding to me in such a professional manner. There are still some civilized people in Nj.
Barbara January 18, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Here we go....up, up and away! The tax man cometh!
Martin January 18, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Patch, please print that sheet for your readers (1000s) whose homes were hit by the storm: "I was at town hall today and they gave me a sheet called Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy." We all can't get to town hall because we work weekdays, and the twp. didn't send it to anyone! THANKS.
peter festa January 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM
We are only 2nd class citizens. We pay the same taxes as everyone in TR and we cant get a meeting on Sat or sunday. Remember in order to pay for 2nd home we cant take time off to attend a meeting.
Ann January 24, 2013 at 05:24 PM
OH MY GOD YOUR CRUEL WITH EACH OTHER !! PLEASE GET IT TOGETHER. THIS BEACH HAS BEEN ENJOYED BY BOTH AREAS. LAND AND BEACH
Barbara January 24, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Barbara M....you have chosenn this area knowing the risks. We all have to pay our share. We all have issues that we don't agree with or like. If you don't like it, leave the area and try to find a place where the weather doesn't affect our lives. Good luck.

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