Data: New Jersey property tax bills increased in 2016

(AP) - Data shows that property tax bills in New Jersey rose by 2.35 percent last year.



Figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Community Affairs show that property owners on average paid $8,549 in 2016. That's nearly $200 more than what they paid in 2015.



The average bill was $8,161 in 2014 and rose to $8,353 in 2015.



The analysis shows that the tax levy, or the total amount raised through property taxes, rose by nearly $703 million- a 2.54 percent increase. More than half of the increase- $377 million -came from school district spending.



A spokesman for Republican Gov. Chris Christie says rising property values largely triggered the tax increase and that annual increases in property taxes have averaged 2.04 percent since 2010.


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