There's something people don't think about when considering our taxes and how much of them go toward schools...and how our taxes compare with other towns.
Did you know Ridgewood has one of the highest density of students-per-capita in the state? About 25% of Ridgewood's residents are of school age. Other towns are around 20% or even less. This means in Ridgewood fewer people are paying for more students...it helps explain the size of Ridgewood's tax bills compared to other towns around here.
Another contributing factor is the fact that Ridgewood doesn't have much in terms of ratables -- commercial enterprises paying property taxes to offset the taxes paid by homeowners. Towns like Paramus have all those office buildings, malls, etc., all paying taxes and thereby reducing the share paid by citizens.
Just a couple things to think about...I know how much we all like to compare ourselves to our neighbors, our friends, our competitors, etc. Just make sure you're comparing apples-to-apples.
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