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New Jersey School Spending Snub Is a Sign of Tax Bill Effect

  • GOP plan to limit local deductions weighs on town vote
  • ‘People are concerned’ about tax changes in Washington
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The sweeping Republican tax bill wending its way through Washington is already rippling out into the heavily taxed suburbs of northern New Jersey.

Residents of Nutley -- a town 10 miles west of Manhattan and nestled in a county with one of the nation’s biggest property tax bills -- voted down a school spending plan on Tuesday meant to build classrooms for overcrowded schools. With an average property tax bill of almost $11,000, voters had little appetite for adding another $300 to the tab, even if it meant their kids may no longer have to learn math and science in a trailer.