10 Counties With the Highest Property Taxes in the Country

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"We pursue these cost savings measures to provide some relief to property tax payers. We're very mindful and vigilant of that," said Schettino, 50, father of five children.

For example, Schettino said Harrington Park purchases school books with other districts in the area to receive better pricing from vendors.

"My opinion is that your property taxes are an investment in the community," he said. "For most people, their biggest asset is their home. To maintain that asset, you have to make sure your community is well run and your schools have an outstanding reputation."

Top 10 Counties in Median Real Estate Taxes Paid, 2009

1. Westchester, New York, $9,044

2. Nassau, New York, $8,940

3. Bergen, New Jersey, $8,708

4. Hunterdon, New Jersey, $8,671

5. Rockland, New York, $8,542

6. Essex, New Jersey, $8,245

7. Passaic, New Jersey, $7,939

8. Morris, New Jersey, $7,904

9. Union, New Jersey, $7,793

10. Somerset, New Jersey, $7,720

Source: American Community Survey

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