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A new report by the Tax Foundation identifies three counties in New Jersey and three in New York where median property taxes exceed $10,000 and are the highest in the nation.

The three New Jersey counties with median property taxes in excess of $10,000 are Bergen, Essex and Union counties, with Passaic County close behind at $9,881, the Tax Foundation said. The New York counties where median property taxes exceed $10,000 are Nassau, Rockland and Westchester counties.

Unlike an “average” tax bill, which can be skewed by a several very high-value properties, a median tax bill means there are an equal number of taxpayers with property tax bills that are higher and lower than the middle number, making the median more representative of the typical bill.

According to the Tax Foundation’s Janelle Cammenga, the lowest median property taxes (less than $200 a year) are found in eight counties (or county-equivalents) in Alaska, Louisiana and Alabama. The Tax Foundation identified these as: Aleutians East Borough, the Kusivlak Census Area and the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area in Alaska; Allen, Bienville, East Feliciana, and Madison parishes in Louisiana; and Choctaw County in Alabama.

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