Washington Township has one of the lowest per person tax costs in Morris County, according to 2013 tax records and 2010 census figures.
The municipal tax per person is $565, the documents showed, ranking third from the lowest of the 39 municipalities in Morris County. Victory Gardens Borough was lowest at $404, while nearby Chester Borough was highest at $1,917 per person.
The district and regional school budgets per person were higher for Washington Township residents, which put the municipality in the middle of the pack for taxes per household.
Data showed Washington Township was 12th lowest in the district school budget per person category (the amount paid per person to the K-8 district) at $1,725. That figure, however, was still lower than the county average and county median, which were $2,022 and $1,946, respectively.
One of 18 towns in the county to send students to a regional school district, Washington Township paid $789 per person to be part of the West Morris Regional High School District, good enough for fifth lowest on the list. The other sending towns – Chester Borough, Chester Township, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township – were all higher on the list.
The total tax per person, according to the data, was $3,543, putting Washington Township behind the county average of $3,950 and county median of $3,936 per person.
The total tax per household unit came out to $10,119, again behind the county average of $10,337 and county median of $10,270. Mountain Lakes Borough led the county in tax per unit at $20,700, while Victory Gardens Borough was cheapest at $2,958.
What do you think of the figures? Is Washington Township in a good position among its county neighbors?