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I'm taking my kids out of school early tomorrow so they can go into NYC and witness some stellar role models in action.   These role...

This is part of an ongoing series about property revaluation in Jersey City. Please stay tuned for my "201" post (a 3-part article) about tax inequity...

This is the first of a 2-part post in my ongoing series about property revaluation in Jersey City.   In my last post, I explained how Jersey...

This the first post in a series about property revaluation in Jersey City. Jersey City has been growing at a breakneck speed for the past fifteen...

A strong public school system is essential bedrock to a healthy community. Yet in Jersey City, our bedrock is threatened by a fiscal policy that is over-reliant...

I emailed this letter to Mayor Fulop on September 24th. Dear Mayor Fulop, After reading this article in today's Jersey Journal, I'm asking you, as a parent...

As I explained in my last post, transparency around abatements is finally, slowly, increasing.  As data is unlocked, taxpayers can glean greater insight into...

Tax abatement reporting in Jersey City is finally getting more transparent.  Two distinct authoritative bodies have mandated changes that require Jersey City (and other cities) to get onboard the...

Mayor Fulop announced last week the hiring of a new communications director for Jersey City, 26-year old Ryan Jacobs, at a salary of $110,000.  The current...

This is my 2nd article in a series about property taxes in Jersey City. The 1st article, "Jersey City Rising," is available here.  The General...

Jersey City is a community on the rise. In the past ten years, dozens of new buildings have risen towards the sky along the waterfront, more...

This week marks the conclusion of the 2013-14 year for Jersey City Public Schools.  The last week of school is an opportunity to pause,...

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 7:30pm, the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) will host Mayor Steven Fulop for Q&A during their monthly meeting.  One issue likely...

Jersey City has been estimating the cost of its abatements incorrectly for at least eight years, and the impact to conventional taxpayers could amount to millions of dollars. Here's...

In my Abatement Series, I've discussed the basic premise of abatements, how they are funded, and the impact to conventional taxpayers.  In this post...

On Wednesday night, the City Council approved an 80-unit abatement in downtown Hamilton Park.  Here are some of the specs on the property: located at 9th & Brunswick in downtown...

The letter below was read into the City Council record on March 26, 2014 by Sarah Welt, a downtown mom with a child who...

Frank Conwell Public School (PS) #3 is a school committed to sustainability; they now have a sign to prove it.  And it's a really...

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Let's learn together. I'm a CPA/MBA who left a big-4 accounting firm to stay at home with my 2 kids, both of whom now attend Jersey City Public Schools. I love to write. I blog about property taxes, public schools, and local government because it's important to my family and my community. All opinions and analysis are entirely my own unless explicitly noted.