May 19, 2017

Report: CT's property taxes among highest in U.S.

Connecticut's property taxes are among the highest in the country, but they pale in comparison to those near New York City and in New Jersey, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation, a conservative think tank.

In Connecticut, Fairfield County has the highest median property tax bill in the state at $6,931, followed by New Haven ($5,372) and Middlesex ($5,136) counties, according to the Tax Foundation.

Hartford County's median property tax bill is $4,930.

Three New York state counties that surround New York City (Nassau, Rockland, and Westchester) have the highest average median property tax bills in the country, exceeding $10,000. New Jersey counties also rank near the top, with median property taxes in Passaic, Bergen, and Essex counties all exceeding $9,000.

The property tax assessments were based on the most recent Census data from 2011 to 2015.

The release of the data comes as Connecticut lawmakers weigh major cuts of municipal aid in order to close a projected $5 billion deficit for the next two fiscal years. That could lead some cities and towns to raise property taxes even higher in the years ahead.

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