Garden State Property Tax Viewer – Rates, Levies, Bases – for 2020

Garden State Property Tax Viewer - Rates, Levies, Bases - for 2020

How does my town's tax rate compare to the state average? Where does most of my property tax go - ...
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JCPS: How does the schools budget process work?

JCPS: How does the schools budget process work?

Update, Feb 5, 2021: I’m re-upping this post from 2020 to share with anyone who’s interested in the upcoming schools ...
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NJ Abatements: We need better abatement disclosures in NJ to show impact on public schools

NJ Abatements: We need better abatement disclosures in NJ to show impact on public schools

This is post included in both my abatement series and a series about the User Friendly Budget in NJ.  We ...
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The “User Friendly Budget”, part 5 – Abatements (with a Jersey City Focus)

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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Tax Abatements 601: Brighter Sunshine Mandated for NJ Abatements

Tax Abatements 601: Brighter Sunshine Mandated for NJ Abatements

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) ...
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