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Reader says , “We have reluctantly decided to give up on Ridgewood”

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“Well after almost 30 years in town and countless hours of debate we have reluctantly decided to give up on RW. We raised our children here, made some good friends, and enjoy many aspects of the area. But the village has just sucked every bit of tolerance from us. Property taxes north of $40,000 that will never go down, parking rates that are just ridiculous, can’t water the lawn, rampant nepotism and weak selfish leaders, an awful expensive commute to NYC, and a $111,000,000 school budget have combined to drive us out. All of this with NJ state seeming to do everything it can to also drive people out.

Anyone looking for a nice house on the west side let us know. Wish all well”

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Enormous $111 Million Ridgewood School Budget Will Result in $174 Tax Increase Per Home

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education has approved an enormous $111.6 million budget on Monday.

The average village home is assessed at $702,225 would see an increase of $173.96 om their property taxes .

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Ridgewood Schools Strategic Planning Initiative 2019-2024

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Public Schools is embarking upon a strategic planning initiative to examine its strengths, challenges and opportunities. The public is encouraged to attend a public information session about the initiative, set for 7 p.m. on TUESDAY, April 2 at the Ridgewood High School Campus Center.

In addition, a community survey has been created we are asking all to take by Monday, April 8. We hope you will go to our website to RSVP for the Tuesday, April 2 info session and also access the survey link below.

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Ridgewood Schools Will See Big Jump in State Aid for 2020


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Ridgewood NJ, Governor Murphy today announced state school aid funding for his Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal that provides record levels of support for New Jersey schools.

The Governor’s proposed budget would provide $15.4 billion to support schools, a record level for New Jersey education funding.

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New Jersey Is 2019’s State with the Highest Real-Estate Property Taxes !

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Ridgewood NJ, Each year, the average American household spends $2,279 on real-estate property taxes plus another $440 for residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes. With such high costs, it’s no surprise that more than $14 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according to the National Tax Lien Association.

In order to determine who pays the most relative to their state, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2019 Property Taxes by State report as well as accompanying videos, which compares home and vehicle taxes across the nation and features insights from a panel of experts.

Property Taxes in New Jersey (1st=Lowest; 25th=Avg.):

  • Real-Estate Property Tax Rank: 51st
  • Vehicle Property Tax Rank: 1st
  • Real-Estate Tax on Median State Home Value: $7,840
  • Real-Estate Tax on Median U.S. Home Value: $4,725
  • Vehicle Property Tax on Best-Selling Car: $0.00

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Reader says , “Most parents in Ridgewood have high expectations for their kids”


“Most parents in Ridgewood have high expectations for their kids, it’s why they’re willing to pay the high property taxes with the expectation of one of the best schools in the tristate area. Our high school just ranked #26 in the Niche survey and we rank #23 in NJ for SAT scores according to last fall. This is acceptable to you? Will it improve with the current administrators we have? If the answer is “no”, then we need to attract better administrators.”

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Reader says , “The ONLY way to keep property taxes from rising exponentially is to encourage long time residents with no children in the schools to stay put”

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“The ONLY way to keep property taxes from rising exponentially is to encourage long time residents with no children in the schools to stay put. We do not ask for anything other than basic services such as police, fire, and plowing the snow and picking up leaves. Many of us spend time at our summer or winter homes, in order to meet the 181 day requirement to be a resident of a more tax friendly state so we don’t even vote here . Of the 14 homes on my block, only 6 have school age children. If you chase the other 8 homeowners out with higher taxes, chances are about 100% that the purchasers of these homes will have children, so add 12-15 students to the roster. Due to cheap interest rates the homes are more affordable to more buyers who struggle with a big mortgage for 10 years while their kids are in school, then bail out as soon as they graduate . I grew up here and historically empty nesters would stay since it is a nice place to live. The trend of turnover has been accelerated by these people who are “marginal” by financial qualifications who need to bail out and go back to cheaper living such as a small condo in mahwah or renting in NYC.
The old timers ask for very little. Do us a favor and keep the charm of the village. Keep your dumb lawn signs off the property , rake your leaves so they don’t blow in my yard ,fix the peeling paint on your house, and keep your rubbish barrels in the back yard.
Or chase us out and your kids will be on split sessions unless you want a huge tax increase to expand the school”

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Hackensack school bond referendum crushed by an overwhelming majority

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Hackenasck NJ , Tuesday’s Hackensack school bond referendum was crushed by an overwhelming majority. The $170 million referendum was voted down to defeat by a 2225 to 638 margin on Tuesday . School officials put out the following information on the district website :

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New Jersey Affordable Housing – Time to Make it Fair!

New Jersey is….

1st in the nation for highest property taxes
3rd most expensive state to live in
5th in the nation for highest per student school spending
5th in the nation for highest state income tax
6th most expensive state to purchase a home
#1 most densely populated state in the nation with 1,216 people per square mile

Land is at a premium and developers want to cash in and develop every last inch

FACT: Renting or owning a home should be affordable to NJ residents who qualify, but not at the expense of local ordinance that is contrary to NJ municipal land use law.
FACT: NJ’s affordable housing (AH) mandates are not working and our government is not listening to the voice of the people – who support AH but want it to be implemented fairly, honestly and sensibly.
FACT: The current pace of proposed AH development is not reasonable or sustainable and will be catastrophic to towns, schools, volunteer emergency services, infrastructure and to NJ’s natural resources, ecosystems, waterways and environment.

What We Want
1) We believe municipal AH obligations should not be determined by the courts and that there should be clear, statewide guidelines to follow.
2) “Builder’s remedy” lawsuits should be eliminated as a mechanism used to satisfy a municipality’s AH obligations.
3) We believe the laws governing AH must consider the impact on our schools, roads, traffic and congestion, emergency services and the preservation of open space and our quality of life.
4) NJ’s environment must be protected from sprawl and overdevelopment; AH should not be built on environmentally-sensitive land or land that has been remediated from contamination.
5) AH that is built should not “expire” and should count towards all future AH rounds and obligations.
6) We, the residents of NJ, seek to disband the Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) who takes our hard-earned tax dollars to enrich the wallets of lawyers and developers at the expense of NJ’s future.
7) We, the people, demand a bi-partisan review of AH and legislative reform to make NJ’s affordable housing fair.

We are calling for reasonable ways to address the current problems to enact clear legislative guidelines that will: 1) ensure that AH benefits those in need; 2) implement a regional or statewide approach; 3) expand the ways in which municipalities can address their fair share of affordable housing—FAIRLY!

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Readers Point Out the Obvious About Ridgewood and New Jersey Taxes


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“With the declining tax base, who is going to pay for all of these excessive salaries and benefits (platinum health care, very generous pension & unused sick leave payouts) negotiated in bad faith by the public sector unions ?”

“States with lower state & local taxes make much more sense for businesses to invest given the SALT deduction limits of $10,000 on their employees hurt them in high tax states like NJ.”

“The average residential property tax in Ridgewood is actually now $18,000 as of 2018/19 tax year… just as state & local tax deductions are limited to $10,000. What are the BOE and Village Council doing to help Ridgewood families keep food on their tables and gas in their cars given higher commuter pass costs, tolls, higher parking permit fees, higher Graydon and tennis pass fees, etc? And where are the vaunted schools & Village services those taxes are paying for ? In the tank.”