compared to what? If the taxes are high, you want to know the advantages of Hillside compared to town A, town B, Town C, etc... then you can decide if the addtional taxes are worth it based on that comparison.
I don't believe taxes should be the number one consideration when choosing a location. You will NEVER be happy with the high taxes you pay in NJ so you may as well get a location that will give you the other quality of life advantages that you seek... whatever they may be. For example, if you bought a home that didn't make you completely happy, would you be satisified if your taxes were 20% lower than a house in another location that WOULD have made you completely happy? Of course not.
My advice, make a list of priorities that you think will bring you hapiness... buy a home and a location that you best fits that list. Aside from being able to afford it, I'll bet property taxes are not all that high on your priority list. good luck
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