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Bergen Averages $3,000 Per-Pupil Savings Under Christie School Funding Plan

School aid proposal brings more per pupil to NJ districts.
School aid proposal brings more per pupil to NJ districts. Photo Credit: Gov. Christie Administration

Gov. Christie's administration on Monday provided a town-by-town Bergen County breakdown of a "Fairness Formula" that it said would provide equal education funding for every pupil in New Jersey.

The Tenafly and Ridgewood school districts would fare best -- receiving $4,478 and $4,209 per pupil, respectively -- under Chistie's proposal.

Getting more than $3,500 per pupil under the plan are Upper Saddle River ($3,642), Cresskill ($3,614), Demarest ($3,541), Glen Rock, ($3,442) and Ho-Ho-Kus ($3,394).

At the opposite end: Teteboro ($25), Bogota ($710) and Carlstadt ($883).

Also: Hackensack ($1,011), Englewood ($1,017), East Rutherford ($1,018), Moonachie ($1,039) and Fairview ($1,055).

SEE COMPLETE LIST BELOW

"The biggest driver of New Jersey’s nation-high property taxes is the ineffective and unfair state school funding formula," Christie said. "The Fairness Formula will not only be equal for students it may also provide hundreds or even thousands of dollars in annual property tax savings for New Jerseyans in most communities.

"Under the Fairness Formula, all public school districts would receive $6,599 for every enrolled student, plus continued funding for special education," the governor said. "This will give every child an equal chance at success.

"Graduation rates prove that educational success cannot be bought with excessive spending by a select few chronically failing school districts, which have received billions more in state taxpayer dollars over the past three decades than hundreds of successful school districts.

"The statewide graduation rate is 90%, with 27 of the 31 Abbott districts falling below that average," the governor added. "Continuing the current school funding formula means allowing failing school districts to spend as much as $33,699 per pupil in tax dollars, while high-performing school districts spend less than half of that per student.

"With this new formula, 75% of all New Jersey districts would get more state aid than they do today."

BERGEN COUNTY

Average household savings

ALLENDALE $3,043

ALPINE $1,864

BERGENFIELD $1,488

BOGOTA $710

CARLSTADT $833

CLIFFSIDE PARK $1,636

CLOSTER $3,146

CRESSKILL $3,614

DEMAREST $3,541

DUMONT $1,424

E RUTHERFORD $1,018

EDGEWATER $1,284

ELMWOOD PARK $2,241

EMERSON $2,556

ENGLEWOOD $1,017

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS $1,311

FAIR LAWN $2,223

FAIRVIEW $1,055

FORT LEE $1,669

FRANKLIN LAKES $3,035

GLEN ROCK $3,442

HACKENSACK $1,011

HARRINGTON PARK $3,189

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS $2,545

HAWORTH $3,004

HILLSDALE$2,738

HOHOKUS $3,394

LEONIA $1,853

LITTLE FERRY $1,999

LODI $1,167

LYNDHURST $1,625

MAHWAH $1,415

MAYWOOD $1,907

MIDLAND PARK $2,222

MONTVALE $2,356

MOONACHIE $1,039

NEW MILFORD $2,306

NORTH ARLINGTON $2,208

NORTHVALE $2,022

NORWOOD $2,520

OAKLAND $2,275

OLD TAPPAN $3,153

ORADELL $3,164

PALISADES PARK $1,886

PARAMUS $1,460

PARK RIDGE $2,107

RAMSEY $2,411

RIDGEFIELD $1,693

RIDGEFIELD PARK $1,947

RIDGEWOOD $4,209

RIVER EDGE $3,108

RIVER VALE $2,956

ROCHELLE PARK $1,272

ROCKLEIGH $1,776

RUTHERFORD $2,282

SADDLE BROOK $1,605

SADDLE RIVER $1,653

SOUTH HACKENSACK $1,082

TEANECK $1,573

TENAFLY $4,478

TETERBORO $25

UPPER SADDLE RIVER $3,642

WALDWICK $2,505

WALLINGTON $1,984

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP $2,182

WESTWOOD $1,888

WOODCLIFF LAKE $2,884

WOOD-RIDGE $1,823

WYCKOFF TWP $2,993

"For towns that are not listed, the Fairness Formula may not result in a decrease of property taxes," Christie wrote. "[H]owever, there are other solutions to lowering municipal government costs."

Christie also launched a website encouraging citizens to sign an online petition to support the Fairness Formula, which he calld "the solution to lowering their nation-high property taxes"

The interactive site, http://www.nj.gov/governor/taxrelief/ , is divided into:

  • Inequity in NJ Schools;
  • The Fairness Formula;
  • NJ Property Tax By the Numbers;
  • Your Property Taxes, a tool which provides residents with their maximum potential property tax savings;
  • Join the Movement (the petition)

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