Why are Plainfield, NJ taxes so outrageous?

Asked by Kungfugeisha, Cherry Hill, NJ Tue Mar 15, 2011

I am interested in this house for sale in Plainfield: http://www.weichert.com/36408656/?cityid=40631&mls=13,44…


Can these taxes be right? 12K on a 330K home... proportionately speaking, they are some of the highest in NJ! What in the world??? Are these taxes overvalued or is Plainfield know for unreasonable property taxes?

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Jeanette Wil…, Agent, Plainfield, IL
Thu Mar 17, 2011
Plainfield has a high tax rate, due to very low business rateables, therefore homeowners absorb alot of costs. You get a lot of house for your money in Plainfield though, and if you check some surrounding towns with similar homes in character the taxes are in line with Plainfields. This is a lovely home and fantastic price. Good luck.

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Thendivino, Home Owner, Plainfield, NJ
Wed Jun 13, 2012
Taxes in Plainfield are very high considering the schools are not that good and your garbage collection is not included. You will be charge about $1200 extra a year for garbage collection and it's not tax deductible. However if you don't pay it they can put a tax lien on your house. Moving to Plainfiled was not a good decision for me wish I would have research more before buying my house. Don't let the size of your property fool you. In all honesty you should look into the neiboring towns.
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John Sacktig, Agent, New Jersey, NJ
Wed Apr 13, 2011
Hi KungFu -

The school system also take as a great amount of the local taxes in this area. High taxes are a part iof living in New Jersey! I am sure ath in todays market the tax assessors are feeling the heat from homeowners!

The taxes seem to be in line for the area!
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Wed Jun 13, 2012
Remember that Property Taxes are a function of the County that collects them:
How efficient is the County run?
Is there a perpetual deficit?
Are the schools run efficiently?
Is there corruption?
How are the assessments determined?
How long have the resident been holding their collective breath?
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, ,
Wed Mar 16, 2011
I don't know, but your getting more house then other town. Especially in the Sleepy Hollow area. Good luck!!
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More house than the other areas ? Like in Westfield ,Fanwood, Scotch Plains and even Garwood NJ, The houses and properties are the same size inside and out , their taxes are more than Plainfield NJ But their school system is excellent. Their police force are diligent, Their streets are safe to walk at night.. In Plainfield you get more house but you pay more for it. And yes, as mentioned before one still has to add the cost of their sanitation and sewer onto the tax bill. .... Worst part is that sewer bills are based on water usage, So, if you are someone who likes to care for and maintain your 1/3 or 1 acre lot you have to pay sewage on water that is used to water vegetation.. That's just plain wrong.
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