West Orange Property Taxes Gone Wild

Most residents in Montclair (including me) complain about the outrageous property taxes which are screwing up our retirement plans. That’s right, after the kids are out of the public schools, I’m among many who are planning an exit strategy.
Our pre-reassessment neighbors in West Orange are also freaking out about their monthly tax bills, which in some cases are higher than the mortgage payment, according to an article in last week’s NY Times. “True, in some cases,” says realtor Sam Joseph who turns over homes in West Orange like cards at a blackjack table. “West Orange is a great town with very affordable homes. But the taxes on two similar homes on the same block may be $6,000 apart.”
Not to worry, he says “the reval coming this Fall will correct all the injustices.”

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