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NJ's smallest municipality also has its highest property-tax bill

Posted by Sandy Smith on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 7:31am.

Entrance to Tavistock BoroughTranquil, bosky Tavistock is a great place to live. The handful of people who live there pay handsomely for the privilege, though.

Generally speaking, the money in New Jersey is in the state's northern half, especially the well-off communities of Bergen County, across the Hudson from New York City. Fully half of the 30 New Jersey communities on NJBiz's list of towns with the highest property taxes are in Bergen County.

In addition, 13 of the other 15 are in the state's northern half. Only two are in South Jersey. But one of those two landed on top of this year's list.

We hope that the five residents of the borough of Tavistock in Camden County are all members of the Tavistock Country Club, for they're really paying for the privilege of its presence.

Property taxes in Tavistock average $25,346, the highest average property tax in the state.

Tavistock homeowners, all three of them (according to the Census Bureau), can take some solace in the fact that their homes are also worth a lot: The average residential property in Tavistock is worth $1.53 million, the ninth-highest figure in the state.

Were it not for that, we imagine we'd find the entire borough drowning its sorrows in cocktails at the Tavistock Country Club, which takes up the bulk of the borough's territory. Tavistock Borough exists solely for the purpose of allowing the country club to have a liquor license and operate its golf course on Sundays. It could do neither in the Borough of Haddonfield, the dry community from which Tavistock split off in 1921.

(We'd like to know what happened to the other four homes that were occupied in some way in 2000, when the borough had a population of 24.)

The other South Jersey community on that top-30 list is Princeton Borough in Mercer County, whose average property tax bill is the 12th-highest in the state. NJBiz didn't publish the amount of that bill, though.

These towns have N.J.'s highest property taxes (NJBiz)

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