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Morris County Property Taxes Down .8 Percent, Freeholder Says

Director said county plans not to increase taxes in 2013 while still providing 'essential services.'

Morris County property taxes fell .8 percent last year, the only county drop in the state, according to Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo.

In a press release sent Monday, Mastrangelo, a Montville resident, credited Gov. Chris Christie and his administration for redirecting property taxes downward through legislation enacted during his tenure.

"By enacting salary arbitration, health benefits, and pension reform, local government was given the tools to reduce property taxes and in Morris County we did," he said.

Mastrangelo said the .8 percent figure was inclusive of local, school and county levies. The county was able to maintain a bond rating of AAA.

"In 2013 we are seeking no increase in property tax dollars to run county government while still delivering essential services. With the assistance and hard work of the department heads and employees of county government, I believe we can achieve this goal," Mastrangelo said.

The freeholder director said he plans to increase shared services efforts and cut spending. He will also call for the state legislature to pass sick-pay and civil service reform.

"I know my fellow freeholders are ready to roll up their sleeves and work together for smaller, smarter government, so we can continue to deliver tax relief to the residents of Morris County," he said.

nicolas January 15, 2013 at 05:03 PM
This guy mastrangelo does not know what he is talking about.I live in rockaway township and my taxes increased by 8%.Perhaps he made a mistake with the decimal point and instead of up he said down.Perhaps he is talking about his property taxes. DO NOT TRUST A POLITICIAN!! False claims.
susan wilton January 16, 2013 at 05:06 PM
I haven't seen any tax relief yet?
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 27, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Keep them coming down, I have 200,000 unrealized losses in my morristown properties and i need money to keep them fixed up and looking nice. Keep cutting your budgets and laying off city workers and cutting unnecessary services, and overtime. start with Mark King and that uncouth clerk in that office. They are out of hand. Follow Mark King around town and he will break so many town ordinances it is not even funny. I am going to start taking pictures and videos of this guy. Laws and regulations don't seem to apply to him. This tells me there is just the tip of the ice berg, if someone looked under the water, you would be surprised at what you see.

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