Brick's property tax bills were 24 percent lower than the state average in 2012 - despite increasing slightly over 2011.
Brick's 0.7 percent tax bill hike was 401st out of 566 total tax bill hikes, lower than the state's average of 1.7.
The township's tax bill is 396th out of 566 municipalities, according to a Star-Ledger analysis. Brick's average tax bill is $5,945.88, 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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