#JerseyCity: Let's #GetCivic with the 2018/19 Municipal Budget
- Review revenue spending below.
- Use the search box within each revenue category to find an area you care about (e.g. arts, pets, abatements, licenses, fines, etc)
- Submit a question using the form below. Help crowdsource the community's understanding of the budget.
- Use #Jc2018Budget on Twitter to find more dialog and insights related to the 2018 city budget.
- More to come including a similar breakdown of expenses.
- Next Key Date: Wed April 11th - 1st public hearing on the budget at City Hall 280 Grove (6pm). See agenda & details here.
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!
Let's crowdsource our understanding of the budget
- Ask a question. I'll share it on my site so others can see, and credit you if you want (or I can list you as "Anonymous").
- I'll create a "response" form if/when I start to get questions.
- I'll be attending budget hearings & will ask questions on the record.
- In my opinion the goals are pretty straightforward: let's understand WHAT is begin funded, HOW MUCH is begin funded, WHY funding is directed to certain areas, WHO is benefiting from the spending, and WHERE the money is (or is not) having an impact.