One NJ district could have 1st tax hike in 20 years

School officials in a southern New Jersey town are proposing its first tax increase in at least 20 years.

The Vineland Board of Education’s plans would raise taxes on the owner of the average home by about $27 per year.

Across New Jersey, the average property tax bill is more than $8,000, by far the highest in the nation. But in Vineland, the bills have not risen for decades in part because the district is one that has received extra state aid as a result of court rulings ordering the state government to support more than 30 low-income districts.

This year, the district is expecting flat state funding of $137 million — the majority of the proposed $197 million budget.

The district is also proposing cutting 20 positions through attrition.

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