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Manchester Has One Of State's Lowest Tax Rates; Highest Bill Increases

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

Manchester's property tax bills remain the among lowest in the state. But the township had one of the highest increases in 2012.

Manchester's 3.3 percent tax hike was 120th out of 566 total tax bill hikes.

The township's tax bill is 532 out of 566 municipalities, according to a Star-Ledger analysis. It's also about half of the statewide average.

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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Town CountyAverage County BillAverage Municipal BillAverage School BillAverage Total BillPercent Change from 2011 Manchester Ocean $689.79 $1,033.80 $2,019.21 $3,742.80

3.3%

ballyjduf January 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Senior housing have low taxes , but the rest of us are getting buried by the tax increases of the last 5 years . a little more investigation into this would show it .
cubbe January 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I have been here six years and my taxes have doubled! we pay for garbage, have no sidewalks, have septic, really what to do we get, Our taxes are insane as far as im concerned i can move to monmouth county
CM January 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Manchester is a tale of two cities. The senior communities which are en masse getting assessed lower; and the private homes which are taxed higher and thus funding the town. Taxes for private homes are rising astronomically, and are much higher than neighboring tows.
julie wilson January 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Where are they getting this from, mine are $5400. and we also do not have side walks, septic, no trash pick up either. and the average is $ 3742. interesting
WhitingBoy January 14, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Agree with all the above posters...the average dollar to dollar compared to other towns may say one thing; but the truth in the residential areas of Whiting and PLP is quite another. Compare the taxes of one of these homes to similar homes in another town, factoring in services and other relevant ancillaries, and you'll see the truth.
blucollaboy January 14, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Id love to know where the non-senior tax rate would rank. The Star Ledger results are skewed. Seniors outnumber the rest of us. Wonder what the % of total taxes are paid by non-seniors vs our % of population. I hope they have an answer at the town meeting tonight.
Manchester Fan January 14, 2013 at 01:47 PM
I am paying 8,500.00 in PLP with this increase (currently paying over 7,000.00). I get nothing for my money, and anything to benefit our schools get's voted down. The empty lots around me are filled with garbage and never maintained.
ballyjduf January 14, 2013 at 01:57 PM
2 things manchester fan - are you still a fan?? call the zoning office about the garbage -732-657-8121 ---if they don't help -- call mikey he has an open door policy
Scott Neuman January 14, 2013 at 02:15 PM
And my taxes rose an estimated 10% this year to over $7000.00. So how does a two percent cap work?
Tom Davis (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 02:37 PM
that's actually an important point...I'll probably do an update reflecting that fact. Thank you.
WhitingBoy January 14, 2013 at 02:38 PM
@ScottNeuman...likely your taxes rose resulting from a reassessment. The 2% cap refers to the tax rate on assessed value. You can be reassessed without the town actually raising revenue (your's goes up, someone else's goes down). Reassessment should be revenue neutral for the township.
Frank Kern January 14, 2013 at 03:24 PM
I called the tax office today. they raised the rates from 1.92 to 2.35, they found a loop hole in the 2% increase to squeeze more money out of us. I should actually feel good that our town is stealing from us at a better rate then other towns, really ?, how about you cut spending to make up for your short fall. It always amazes me that working people need to find ways to do with less. But our town sees their revenues are down because of the housing market crash and some parts were hit harder then others, instead of them saying lets cut our budget back and ease the suffering of all, they steal from one group and give to another so they can maintain their ever increasing budget. while we do without pay raises the council voted a 2% pay increase across the board, while we drive around in 10 year old cars the Police and road crew gtt nice new ones. God forbid they maintain the old ones, until the market turns around. It's about time more then 1200 people show up to vote and throw the bums out and actually put people in there who will fight for all people not just one group.
bhavaja January 14, 2013 at 03:36 PM
The seniors came here to live on low fixed income but they too are whacked for double since Portash - everyone is paying for poor governing and bad politicians/crooks...even with taking more $ nothing is being fixed/upgraded, e.g.rt 70/Whitesville intersection...
Minnie January 14, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Rt. 70 and whitesville rd is not manchester
FAST EDDY January 14, 2013 at 06:10 PM
If you check out the agenda on the town website you can see where our taxes go.To pay for a party at the township in December. ALMOST $3500 PAID LUIGIS IN LAKEHURST!!! THEY COULDN'T EVEN SPEND IT HERE IN MANCHESTER!!!
FAST EDDY January 14, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Dont forget to be at the meeting tonight. They have to let everybody talk who wants to. They might be workng late tonight .The more the merrier!
julie wilson January 14, 2013 at 08:41 PM
FYI I HAD MY HOUSE APPRAISED AND IT MORE THAN 60,000 DOLLARS LESS THAN WHAT THE TOWNSHIP HAS IT APPRAISE WENT TO TAX OFFICE AND WAS TOLD NEW TAX BILL WILL BE GOING OUT BU THE END OF FEB. AND IF I DON'T AGREE WITH WHAT THEY HAVE THE HOUSE ASSESS AT I CAN APPEAL IT
aermanc January 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM
All you have to do is file a tax appeal at the county level. I did and proved that the value declined, therefor a reduction was warranted. However unlike Toms River, I don't get a refund for the overpaid taxes, just an adjustment. At this point I will take anything I can get. Good luck all.
Imdun January 15, 2013 at 03:30 AM
No answers at the meeting tonight!!! Just a bunch of spin!!! Just pay it and deal with it!!!!
Da Gr8 1 January 15, 2013 at 03:38 AM
you tell it like it is frank kern. if we can all band together and fight this then we will win it all
ballyjduf January 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM
where was mayor mikey a no show at meeting , with such an important issue on going a no show thanks $ 41,000 not enough for you to show
country joe January 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Senior bashing seems to be popular in this blog.. those of you non-seniors should be thanking us instead for keeping your overall tax bill low.. The school budget is what it is and would be the same with or without the senior communities, as seniors we donot cost the school system anything, yet we pay taxes at the same rate as everyone else. with out the seniors what would your share of the school taxes be then?? and by the way, Your Welcome.
ballyjduf January 15, 2013 at 01:15 PM
country joe , I am a senior but i don't live in a age restricted area . the facts are the age restricted area get the most attention by "mayor mikey" and the council ,but pay the lowest taxes . my taxes are 1000 percent higher then lowest taxed homes in these area's yes 1000 percent . so why wont I be upset . "mayor mikey" or his puppet council has done nothing in his tenure to attract tax paying non school impact businesses. THEY AREN'T PROACTIVE AND THEY AREN'T REACTIVE , WHAT HAVE THE DONE SINCE 2008 TO LOWER THE COSTS OF ANYTHING . HAS MIKEY FORMED A COMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO IT - MAN DO WE HAVE ALOT OF RETIRE TALENT IN THIS TOWN THAT WOULD LOVE TO SPEND TIME DOING THIS , BUT HE HAS TO CONTROL EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY . HE WOULD NEVER LET ANYONE TAKE CREDIT FOR ANYTHING . THATS WHY HE NEEDS TO STEP DOWN . ISNT THERE ANYONE ELSE ON THE COUNCIL THAT WILL STAND UP TO HIM . MAN I HOPE SO , I HOPE THAT DAY COMES SOON .
ballyjduf January 15, 2013 at 02:11 PM
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Billabong January 15, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Yeah Joe, that's great logic. Because if the senior communities were gone that must mean no other homes would have ever been built there, right? And as for school taxes, I love it when people go on about how seniors do not cost the school system anything. Guess what Joe? There was a time when other people's taxes (including the seniors and people without children in your town when you were a kid) helped pay for your schooling. But I guess that fact gets lost in the old memory banks, eh? I'd love to see your home go down in value $20,000-$50,000 but your taxes go up significantly. I'm sure you'd pay that bill with a smile. But wait, that's not happening to you so you should be thanking those of us who are being forced to pay more. You're Welcome.
country joe January 15, 2013 at 03:15 PM
@ Billabong.. you seemed to have missed the point I was trying to make, the school budget is what it is. I am not complaining about having to pay school taxes, we all have to. What I stated was, that the senior communities have no impact on the school budget. Your assumpition that other homes would have been built here you could be right, but they weren't and if they were would they have impacted the school budget? Our property values have also gone down, some close to 90K and our taxes have gone up also, and yes other peoples taxes paid for our children to go to school, thats the way the system works whats fair is fair. But as a matter of fact, without the seniors in manchester your school taxes would be higher. That was my point.
country joe January 15, 2013 at 03:33 PM
And by the way... Most senior communities get less in services from Manchester Township.. We pay association dues close to 2k a year.. for such things as snow removal (plowing the roads) the town doesnt do that in private communities, street lighting, we all pay for garbage pickup, water, sewer etc. plus over 4k in taxes..
John E January 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Really the senior communities don't get less services from the township then non-seniors. Non-senior areas have to pay for their water (piped or well), have to pay for their sewage system or septic, also have to pay for their own garbage pickups too. Very little street lighting or none at all in most non-senior areas where people live. As for snow removal..you already answered why you don't get it..its private communities (private roads) some even gated with guards. By being a private road not public the private community is the one to plow them..I can't drive around in a private community with my work Van and stop and knock on doors seeking home repairs jobs, police be on me within minutes....its private property. Also the township does plow some roads in senior areas, township by law has to clear a emergency pass (not all roads) in the village to connect to main roads.
Dan January 25, 2013 at 04:00 PM
STATE OF NEW JERSEY LOCAL FINANCE BOARD NOTICE OF VIOLATION In Re: [Michael Fressola, Mayor, Township of Manchester, Complaint This matter having come before the Local Finance Board (Board) pursuant to the Local Government Ethics Law, N.J.S.A. et seq., upon complaint that Mayor Michael Fressola used the address and telephone number of the Township of Manchester City Hall in a political mail piece, using the resources of the Township for his personal gain and securing unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself and his campaign in violation of N.J.S.A. and, WHEREAS, the Board determined that the allegations were within its jurisdiction, were not frivolous and were based upon a reasonable factual basis, authorized an investigation of this complaint; and
Dan January 25, 2013 at 04:00 PM
WHEREAS, the Local Government Ethics Law states: N.J.S.A. 40A: No local government officers or employee shall use or attempt to use his official position to secure unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself or others; and, WHEREAS, the Board, having considered the matter and the relevant statements and presented and all documentation with the written response to the allegations submitted by Mayor Fressola, concluded that the use of the Municipal Building address and telephone number in the letterhead of a political mailer distributed in connection with the May 11, 2010 election constitutes the use or attempted use of Mayor Fressola's official position to secure an unwarranted privilege or advantage for himself or others in violation of N.J.S.A. It is therefore, DETERMINED that Mayor Michael Fressola shall be assessed a fine in the amount of $100.00 for the violation as related to his engaging in activities prohibited by the statute. Said fine shall be payable to: Treasurer, State of New Jersey, and be submitted to: Thomas H. Neff, Chair, Local Finance Board, P.O. Box 803, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625 immediately. If payment of said fine is not received within 10 days receipt of this NOTICE, Mayor Fressola is subject to additional fines as determined by the Board in accordance with its powers in N.J.S.A.40A:9- 22.10, Violations and Penalties.

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