Monday, May 9, 2011

Who Pays America's Highest Property Taxes?

We have done it ! WOW! Hurray for Nassau County !

Nassau County is No. 1 -- in property taxation, at least. 

New analysis by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan group based in Washington, D.C., ranks Nassau tops nationwide in median home property taxes. The median amount paid on a Nassau house was $8,478 -- a few dollars higher than the amount paid in Westchester County, which ranked No. 2.
All of the highest-paying counties listed in the foundation's analysis are in either New York or New Jersey suburbs. Suffolk County ranked 12th, with a median property tax of $7,010.

"We're number one? Not a nice place to be," MacDougall said. "There are people who cannot afford to stay in their houses, and they can't sell because nobody wants to take on that tax burden."
The Tax Foundation's study shows that tax bills in metropolitan area suburbs far outstrip those in similar areas across the country. For example, Fairfax County, Va., near the nation's capital, had a median property tax of $4,427 -- barely more than half Nassau's.

In a 2007-09 study, Nassau County ranks first and Suffolk County 12th in median home property taxes among 1,823 counties analyzed nationally by the Fax Foundation.

1. Nassau County, NY - $8,478
2. Westchester County, NY - $8474
3. Hunterdon County, NJ - $8,413
4. Bergen County, NJ - $8,269
5. Rockland County, NY - $8,084
6. Essex County, NJ - $7,801
7. Somerset County, NJ - $7,684
8. Morris County, NJ - $7,507
9. Passaic County, NJ - $7,345
10. Union County NJ - $7,308
11. Putnam County NY - $7,198
12. Suffolk County, NY - $7,010

Read more about it here ...

If your county is not listed above and you want to know about your property tax, click the link below
Property Taxes by County across US !

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Long Island Property taxes most important issue, say LIers

No surprise here ! To stop this ridiculous rise in property taxes we have to educate our fellow LIers and contact your representative that they should demand Speaker Silver respond to the pleas of homeowners across the state and support a property tax cap in New York. It has already passed the senate but is being stalled in the Assembly by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Also this year we are seeing some enormous rise in property taxes in school districts such as
William Floyd 12.47% and Seaford 8.99%. Some school districts such as Middle country is resorting to blackmailing its residents. The deal for districts residents is either approved a 6.68% increase or the district is going to force 21.61% increase in tax levy.

Published by THOMAS MAIER at Newsday

By a wide margin, property taxes are the most important issue facing Long Islanders, according to a Newsday / News 12 Long Island / Siena Research Institute Poll. Property taxes were cited overall by 45 percent of respondents, more than twice the 21 percent who cited "availability of good jobs" as the second most pressing issue for Long Islanders. "Property taxes are really an issue here because it keeps the young people from staying on Long Island and it will prevent the older people from staying, too," Tafuri explained.

Property taxes also are a large part of why the 57 percent of those polled said Long Islanders are headed in the "wrong direction" rather than the "right track" in the poll. A similar margin said New York State was headed in the wrong direction as well.

Property taxes are a particularly raw issue in Nassau County, where 53 percent cited them as the biggest issue, compared to 36 percent in Suffolk. Islandwide, Republicans and people 55 years or older complained about property taxes the most. "The Democrats love to spend money and they have to get it from the taxpayers," said one poll respondent, a retired Republican who lives on Nassau County's South Shore.

School costs - the biggest part of property tax bills - were also on the minds of Long Islanders who cited "the quality of public schools" among their top concerns. "The first thing I would do is eliminate tenure for teachers in public schools to cut costs," said another poll respondent, a 50-year-old Garden City man who is a Republican and who did not want to give his name. Although he was happy that his two children attending local schools got a good education there, he said his family's property tax bill has been overwhelming.

Property taxes hit a chord with all respondents, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, location or party affiliation. In addition to identifying the most important issue, the poll underlined the intensity of Long Islanders' general feelings about property taxes, with 86 percent calling the issue "very important" and 11 percent as "somewhat important." Crime, schools, good jobs and health care also received strong reactions, with traffic congestion and the local environment getting milder reactions.