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Toms River to Pay 3.96 Cents More: Tax Rate Breakdown for Toms River Regional Schools

Proposed taxes going up in Toms River, Pine Beach; going down in South Toms River, Beachwood

Taxpayers in South Toms River and Beachwood could see their school tax rate decrease, while taxpayers in Toms River and Pine Beach face a proposed tax increase.

Though the regional school budget and its tax levy is increasing, how that is calculated into the four tax rates for the district's towns depends on the ratable base, officials said.

Each of the four towns that make up Toms River Regional — Toms River, Pine Beach, Beachwood and South Toms River — pay into the budget with a tax rate calculated based on the size of each town's ratables.

As new taxpaying businesses are built or closed in a town, the ratables base varies from year to year and is recalculated, affecting the tax rates for Toms River Regional.

That's what lead to a decrease in the tax rate for South Toms River and Beachwood and an increase for Toms River and Pine Beach, according to the school district.

The school budget will be outlined in a budget presentation at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 . A “user-friendly budget” is posted online. The school board will vote on the budget March 28.

Toms River, Pine Beach proposed tax rate increase

For Toms River residents, the tax rate could grow 3.96 cents to $0.7785 per $100, up from $0.7389 per $100.

In Toms River, where the 2011 average home assessment is at $376,778, the proposed school tax could amount to a $149 increase to a $2,933 annual tax payment.

Pine Beach residents face an increase of 0.4 cents per $100 in the proposed budget.

Pine Beach residents would be assessed a tax rate of $0.7889 per $100, up from $0.7849.

In Pine Beach, where the 2011 average home assessment is at $326,621, the school tax amounts to a $2,576 annual proposed tax payment, or $13.71 more than last year.

Beachwood, South Toms River proposed tax rate decrease

Beachwood residents would see a decrease of 0.1 cents per $100 over 2011-12, which would amount to an annual tax bill of approximately $3 less than last year.

Beachwood residents would be assessed a tax rate of $0.7303 per $100, down from $0.7313. In Beachwood, where the 2011 average home is valued at $260,388, the school tax would amount to a $1,901 annual tax payment.

South Toms River's proposed school tax rate would drop 0.6 cents.

South Toms River residents would be assessed a tax rate of $0.7257 per $100, down from $0.7317. In South Toms River, where the 2011 average home assessment is at $215,502, the school tax amounts to a proposed $1,563 annual tax payment.

This means a decrease of 0.6 cents per $100 over 2011-12 for South Toms River taxpayers, or $12.10 less than last year in the annual tax payment.

Total tax levy for the district

The total anticipated tax levy revenue for Toms River Regional Schools would be $132.719 million, up more than $1.3 million.

Including debt service, the total tax levy would grow 1.2 percent, to $139 million for the district.

School taxes are just a portion of the property tax bill each property owner faces, along with municipal and other property taxes.

To see the district's budget presentation, visit the Toms River Regional website, here.

Oscar Wilde March 26, 2012 at 01:32 PM
another $150 INCREASE !!!!..... on top of the freeloaders county increase.....THIS MADNESS IS NEVER GOING TO STOP PROPERTY TAX REVOLT !!!!!! BEFORE YOU WAKE UP HOMELESS !!!!!
Can't shut me up March 26, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Didn't we get rid of Ritacco and some of his SLOBS.....$150. is criminal.
Mr. ? March 26, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Mr. ? wrote: Toms River Regional Tax Levy Up a Proposed 1.2% 9:30 am on Monday, March 26, 2012 "People have lost jobs and homes, have you looked in the papers, homes lost , are pages long, what is wrong with these people on the TR BOE......"JUST (MORE) AS IMPORTANT, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE TAXPAYERS IN TOMS RIVER? Its like a toilet. Its a downward spiral. Unfortunately "the stuff" that stinks, here just doesn't seem to disappear! So taxes go up, foreclosures go up, people and businesses go out, revenue goes down, rates and taxes go up some more. So TR will see another 3.9% increase in school purpose taxes! When it comes to rateables, I guess I can say our mayor and council are doing a lousy job...more than lousy! Oh, but lets blame the economy. We will do that, and build a softball field, indoor tennis court, and leave all our friends and their distressed properties alone. Please Mr. code enforcer man, don't bother my buddy with violations cause Mayor does not want any stress in his day!
Mike L March 26, 2012 at 03:06 PM
yes, we did get rid of some of the BOE, but you know that majority rules......we have three new BOE members, but the existing 6 are MJR's . When we have the next elections all we need is to change some BOE membersand then we will have the majority. Since the cap and the elections were slambed thru at one of the past meeting we now have to wait till November and now we have a 150.00 increase to the school tax, and can't do anything about it........
Mr. ? March 26, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Almost forgot, how about all that lost revenue to the town because of all the appeals in...was it Ortley? The town just had to re-adjust ALL the assessments on those homes down because by statute, when so many appeal (don't know the percentage of appeals required). That reduction in TR's total evaluations must be substantial and be part of this 3.96 cents TR schools increase. But that IS NOT THE PROBLEM!!
LiveinTR March 26, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Mr. ? it is worse than you say. It is not a 3.9% increase. The increase is $0.0396 per hundred. Doing the math $0.0396 divided by last year's rate of $0.7389 works out to almost a 5.4% increase for Toms River residents. That with all of the other increases of late will put another group of residents over the edge.
LiveinTR March 26, 2012 at 04:22 PM
These increases are the exact reason that the choice to vote on this tax should not have been taken away from the people who pay it.
Mr. ? March 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
LiveinTR. yes you are right! my mistake when I wrote 3.9%. Didn't mean a percentage. I corrected that in my next statement when I wrote 3.96 cents.
JD March 26, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Do the MATH.... it is a 5.4% tax increase... but didn't you know.... the administrators failed NJASK Math!!! They got below 200.
HR March 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM
My property taxes have risen 33% since 2005. Pretty soon the only people left to pay the taxes will be those who benefit from the taxes. We have record number of houses for sale, and in foreclosure. Crime is way up, corruption is way up, and our property taxes keep going up. Anyone ever wonder how 99% of the country survives on lower property tax revenue then NJ? Anyone ever wonder how these other states produce better educated children, better overall services on less revenue?
Mr. ? March 27, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Amazing how this budget was introduced on March 10th!...and the news of a proposed ( proposed my a#s...done deal ) 3.96 cent increase per $100 (5.4 % tax increase number not mentioned! ) until A.M. today! So much for transparency. And so when did Doering make these statements to the Patch? Wonder if the "Alert" regards the budget on The TR Schools website has info "alerting" the TR taxpayers of this pending 5.4% increase? Do ya think in the "friendly budget"? And this budget was created how long ago?... and introduced as a 1.2%, pom pom shaking, with in the cap?
Catherine Galioto (Editor) March 27, 2012 at 03:05 AM
The budget on the school district website has been up for a couple days now; about when our first story went up (http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/toms-river-regional-tax-levy-up-a-proposed-1-2). Here's a link to the budget online: http://www.trschools.com/budget2/
JB08753 March 27, 2012 at 03:17 AM
This is why I would love to figure out how to get elected onto the school board here. I think we the people really need to start to take back our government. To bad you have to be a attached to a political party to get elected, otherwise I think alot of other people would run for these office (myself included.)
I B buggin March 27, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Check out the Administrative cost per pupil..http://www.trschools.com/budget2/cost_per_pupil.asp
Mapleleafnj March 27, 2012 at 06:13 PM
My kids gonna get a couple MAC Books for this? or will they be forced to dwell in a building with no air conditioning but Solar Panels on the roof.
Rich49 March 27, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I looked at the "User Friendly" budget. I do not see where they are applying the unused snow plowing budget forward into the new school year. Did you? I also want to see a more detailed explaination on payment of special instruction(s) to individual children, where the parents, not we, should pay for such service.
Carol Aller March 28, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Thanks Town Council! Still in bed with the BOE I see. Vote to have the elections in November so we taxpayers can no longer vote on the school budget and boy! They wasted no time, did they!! When are the people in Toms River going to say enough is enough?!!!
steven abbott July 23, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Tax last year went up 400 in total which was a 5.9% increase. This year they are going up 400 again, whish is now a 5.6% increase. When APril rolls around I will appeal since the value of the house has gone way down and yet my taxes are up $800; don't think so. I think what happens is for all those that appeal and get lower taxes the burden falls to all those who don't appeal or weren't alowed to appeal. Next year the value of the house will allow me to appeal too. Guess the 2% cap really isn't true again......Oh, I'm so surprised.

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