#JerseyCity Budget

Drill into Jersey City's Proposed Budgeted Revenues:

SURPLUS - $25,423,048
The surplus is the amount that revenues exceed expenses.  It is like a cushion of funding in the budget. [table id=9 /]
LOCAL REVENUE - $48,402,378
Local revenues are funds earned by the city for transactions with residents (including commercial residents). For instance, if you pay for a license for your pet, the fee is local revenue to the city. If you pay a parking fine, that is also local revenue. If a business pays for a liquor license, that is local revenue. [table id=4 /]
STATE AID - $66,368,772
Each year the state of NJ grants aid to municipalities throughout the state. [table id=6 /]
UCC (UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION CODE) FEES - $6,538,637
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GRANTS - $11,063,784
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PILOT FEES (AKA ABATEMENT REVENUE) for *Long-Term* Abatement Contracts (10+ Year) - $143,434,722
PILOT standards for "Payment In Lieu Of Tax".  The city enters into abatement contracts with individuals or companies. The party to the abatement contract (e.g. a corporate owner of a luxury rental building, or an individual condo owner within an abated building) pays a PILOT instead of property tax for the duration of the abatement contract. [table id=5 /]
SPECIAL REVENUE ITEMS - $40,800,349
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RECEIPTS FROM DELINQUENT TAXES - $1,195,926
PROPERTY TAXES - $244,316,467

Drill into Jersey City's Proposed Budgeted Expenses

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR - $3,076,495
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CITY CLERK & COUNCIL - $1,983,998
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HUMAN RESOURCES - $2,277,736
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DEPT OF ADMINISTRATION - $17,977,816
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REMAINING EXPENSES: UNDER CONSTRUCTION...CHECK BACK SOON! 

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Civic Questions.

What does cable tv franchise fee mean? Is that why we have such limited options? Can they use some of the meter revenue to put more meters downtown so they can collect more revenue?
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