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How Do MPK Taxes Compare To Other Towns?

07/22/2013 11:01AM ● By Rebecca K. Abma

Midland Park Borough Hall

Property tax bills arrived in the mail this week to the ire of every homeowner, and its no surprise that the average homeowner is paying more this year than last. Midland Park Press wanted to see how Midland Park taxes stack up to other Northwest Bergen County, including the proportion of taxes that are spent on schools, municipal and county levies.

To do this, we used average home assessed values from 2012 along with 2012 tax rates, the most recent year available in the state's database. We then used the Asbury Park Press Data Universe to find the break down of where the money goes using percentages from 2009, the latest year available. Then we crunched the numbers with a calculator and triple checked the results.

What we found was that while Bergen County's 2009 average tax levy spending breakdown was 56.4% to schools, 31.4% to municipal and 12.27% to county, Northwest Bergen County spends a higher percentage on education, with up to 70% of the tax bill going to school in some communities.

In addition, the data revealed the lowest taxes in the area are found in Mahwah, followed by Waldwick and Midland Park, while the average Ridgewood home pays the most taxes in the region— more than double that of Mahwah residents. In fact, Ridgewood homeowners pay more in school taxes alone than the total tax bills of Midland Park.

Here's a closer look at the the average tax bill per municipality and the breakdown of spending. These figures are not exact for 2013, but form a good approximation of what is going on in our region:

Mahwah: $7,637

  • School Portion: $4,636 or 60.7%   
  • Municipal Portion: $1,787 or 23.4%
  • County Portion: $1,214 or 15.9%

Waldwick: $10,047

  • Schools: $6,721 or 66.9%
  • Municipal: $2,341or 23.3%
  • County: $985 or 9.8%

Midland Park: $10,075 *                     

  • Schools: $6,539 or 64.9%   
  • Municipal: $2,529 or 25.1%        
  • County: $1,008 or 10%

Oakland: $10,319

  • Schools: $6,593 or 63.9%
  • Municipal: $2,672  or 25.9%
  • County: $1,053 or 10.2%

Ramsey: $11,303                     

  • Schools: $7,539 or  66.7%  
  • Municipal: $2,543 or 22.5%
  • County: $1,221 or 10.8%

Wyckoff: $12,423

  • Schools: $8,758 or  70.5%
  • Municipal: $1,988 or 16%
  • County: $1,677 or 13.5%

Ho-Ho-Kus: $14,180   

  • Schools: $8,026 or 56.6%
  • Municipal: $4,240 or 29.9%
  • County: $1,914 or 13.5%

Allendale: $14,320

  • Schools: $9,122 or 63.7%   
  • Municipal: $3,680 or 25.7%
  • County: $1,518 or 10.6%

Glen Rock: $14,492

  • Schools: $10,130 or  69.9%
  • Municipal: $3,029 or 20.9%
  • County: $1,333 or  9.2%

Franklin Lakes: $15,795         

  • Schools: $10,772 or 68.2% 
  • Municipal: $2,543 or 16.1%
  • County: $2496 or 15.8%

Ridgewood: $16,605              

  • Schools: $10,793 or 65%
  • Municipal: $4,002 or 24.1%
  • County: $1,810 or 10.9%

*Editor's Note: The 2013 Midland Park tax bill states the percentage breakdown is now Schools 66.68%, Municipal 22.43%, and County 10.89%.


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