Jersey City 2021 Budget: Dig into budget using keyword search

Jersey City 2021 Budget: Dig into budget using keyword search

This is part of a series on the 2021 city budget. See the full series here. The 2021 budget documents ...
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In one chart: Jersey City’s seismic change in tax levies fully funds the schools and reallocates property tax

In one chart: Jersey City's seismic change in tax levies fully funds the schools and reallocates property tax

A "levy" is the amount raised in property tax to fund a government budget. Typically, a levy is one of ...
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Initial thoughts on Jersey City’s Municipal 2021 Budget Press Release

Initial thoughts on Jersey City's Municipal 2021 Budget Press Release

Yesterday, Jersey City taxpayers received initial news that the 2021 municipal budget would “cut taxes for Jersey City residents by ...
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CivicParent NJ Property Tax Viewer: 2020 Levies

CivicParent NJ Property Tax Viewer: 2020 Levies

The 2020 property tax tables for calendar year 2020 are now available. This data provides insight into the way municipal, ...
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Abatements 701 & The “User Friendly Budget”, part 5 – Abatements (with a Jersey City Focus)

Abatements 701 & The "User Friendly Budget", part 5 - Abatements (with a Jersey City Focus)

Note: the visualizations below are best viewed on a computer or tablet (vs a phone). Jersey City recently announced it ...
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CivicParent NJ Property Tax Viewer – 2019 Levies

CivicParent NJ Property Tax Viewer - 2019 Levies

Last month (October 2020) the state published the 2019 property tax tables. This is a “look back” at the local ...
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The “User Friendly Budget”, Part 4b: Public Health & Public Safety (with Focus on Police) Spending in the Garden State

The “User Friendly Budget”, Part 4b: Public Health & Public Safety (with Focus on Police) Spending in the Garden State

This is a post in a series about NJ's User Friendly Budget. My intent is to share basic analysis and ...
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The “User Friendly Budget”, Part 2: What’s in the User Friendly Budget?

The “User Friendly Budget”, Part 2: What's in the User Friendly Budget?

This is part of a series about the User Friendly Budget.  This is a relatively short post to lay out ...
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The “User Friendly Budget”, Part 1: Intro to the Series & How to Access the UFB

The "User Friendly Budget", Part 1: Intro to the Series & How to Access the UFB

Five years ago, New Jersey began mandating that every municipality* in New Jersey file a “User Friendly Budget (UFB)” as ...
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Jersey City’s Proposed 2020 Budget (Tableau #DataViz)

Jersey City's Proposed 2020 Budget (Tableau #DataViz)

In February 2020 the City Council introduced its 2020 budget (the city has typically approved the annual budget only in ...
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Demystifying the City Budget (A Retro-Look at the 2019 Budget)

Demystifying the City Budget (A Retro-Look at the 2019 Budget)

LET'S DEMYSTIFY THE CITY BUDGET Learn about our $595M+ city (ie municipal) budget, in community To help taxpayers access the ...
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Infographic: Jersey City: the Municipality’s Role in School Underfunding

Infographic: Jersey City: the Municipality's Role in School Underfunding

I've created this infographic as part of the 4th post of my 4-part series about the School Tax Rate in ...
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A Closer Look at Jersey City’s School Tax Rate. Part 2: Statewide Comparisons & the Role of the Tax Base

A Closer Look at Jersey City’s School Tax Rate. Part 2: Statewide Comparisons & the Role of the Tax Base

This is the second in a 4-part series about 2018 school tax rates, with a focus on Jersey City. This ...
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Tips for Public Comment at City Council Meetings

Tips for Public Comment at City Council Meetings

I’ve been asked more than a few times: “Do you have any tips for going in front of the City ...
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Jersey City’s 2019/20 Proposed Budget: Visualized APPROPRIATIONS (Expenses)

Jersey City's 2019/20 Proposed Budget: Visualized APPROPRIATIONS (Expenses)

Every municipality must pay for services that are then consumed by its residents. These services include: Police force (eg the ...
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