Montclair Is #10 On List of Highest Property Taxes in New Jersey – Did Yours Go Up?

When it comes to towns with the highest average property taxes in New Jersey, Montclair comes in at #10, according to who used data from the state’s Department of Community Affairs. Montclair homeowners pay — on average – $19,065 in property taxes (Glen Ridge hit #6, with an average tax bill of $19,659).

Montclair just finished a revaluation and according to Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson, most properties stayed about the same with roughly 65% of Montclair homeowners having a tax bill change of $500 decrease or increase following the revaluation. There were some bigger changes.

“I heard of a situation where one home went up $45,000 and another went down $50,000,” says Jackson, adding that the tax reval is a zero sum gain for the township, since tax revenue does not increase, but gets redistributed among homeowners based on new value.

274 Upper Mountain Ave.

On the market at the high end of the tax spectrum is 274 Upper Mountain Ave., a 7-bedroom home listed at $2,699,000 with annual taxes of $54,856.

At the opposite end, a three-bedroom home on 34 1/2 Central Ave., listed at $170,000, has taxes of $7,449 annually.

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  1. Ours are going up 25%. Which means in total our taxes will have gone up 50% since we bought our house six years ago.

  2. This article is not clear on a very important point. The average assessed value for houses in Montclair increased by 22.5%. This means that if your assessed value went up by 22.5%, your 2017 tax bill would have been the same as it was before the reval. For example, if your home was previously assessed at $600k and you new assessment is $735k, your 2017 property tax bill would not change. For your taxes to increase by 25% your assessed value would have increased by 53% ($600k to $919k) and for your taxes to increase 100% your assessment would have increased by 145% ($600k to $1.47m).

  3. I’ll clarify. My assessment reflected a 100% increase. For example, if my assessed value was 100k, it is now 200k. Also, I assume you mean 2018, not 2017.

  4. The reval notice provided a comparison of your 2017 tax bill before and after the changes in assessment since the 2018 tax increases had not yet been determined.

  5. I am glad you made that clarification spicoli.


    Did a field assessor go through your house?

  6. Frank, yes a field assessor from PPA went through the house according to the tax department. Unfortunately this occurred prior to closing, so the previous owner was present.

  7. I think I understand now. Yours sounds like an expectation disconnect. crankinmontclair’s advice from the Feb 5th thread was succinct & accurate – and may be applicable to your case.

  8. Great, thanks. Let’s just chalk it up to unfortunate timing on our part. Since the new tax law implemented a cap on deductions, I imagine the town along with other high tax towns will have to adjust assessed values once again, since there will definitely be an impact on market values. That is, unless the Governor’s proposal regarding charitable contributions is accepted.

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