Every municipality must pay for services that are then consumed by its residents. These services include:
- Police force (eg the JCPD)
- Fire department
- Road maintenance for city roads (a note on roads...in Jersey City, Ocean Avenue, Eerie Street, and Manhattan Avenue are city roads, thus they are maintained with city funds...however JFK Boulevard is a county road, thus is maintained with county funds).
One final thing to note here is that both the public schools and county government are administered and governed by separate bodies of government. In NJ, "local government" connotes governing bodies for the city (also referred to as the municipality), the county, and the public schools.