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CivicParent is rooted in sharing public tax data, insights, and analysis with the public.

I am a licensed CPA with a background in public accounting, tax and technology client service, and business analytics. I currently teach at the Frank J. Guarini School of Business at Saint Peter's University. I believe civics - and community - can be strengthened when the public can more easily access and understand public data; including budgets, school aid, school enrollment, property tax data, and more.

CivicParent is a 100% volunteer effort. I welcome comments and questions via email at Brigid@CivicParent.org. You can learn more about Civic Parent's roots here.

NEW JERSEY: BY THE NUMBERS

While we are one Garden State, we are fragmented by county, town, and school district. This has implications with property tax, including school & city taxes.

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State

21

Counties

565

Municipalities

650+

School Districts

TOPICAL ANALYSIS...

Learn about local public finance in the Garden State

PUBLIC BUDGETS
City budgets including statewide comparisons of revenue and expense on a per-municipal basis using the standardized "User Friendly Budget" report.

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TAX ABATEMENTS

A full series unpacks the topic of tax abatements including the intersection of city and school funding. Jersey City, the largest grantor of tax abatements in NJ, is used as a case study.

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Using statewide data available from the NJ Department of Education data site, compare enrollment, school funding, and state aid across the Garden State.

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PROPERTY TAXES
Learn about property taxes including the tax base and the three component levies (municipal, county, and schools).

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PROPERTY REVALUATION

Learn the who/what/when/where/why of property revaluation through a series that uses Jersey City as a case study. In 2018, Jersey City conducted its first revaluation in 30 years.

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JCPS FUNDING CRISIS

Despite unprecedented municipal growth, Jersey City Public Schools are $100+ million underfunded. Jersey City's public school students sit at the intersection of tax abatements, state aid, and local property taxes.

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FEATURED VISUALIZATION

PUTTING PUBLIC DATA INTO PERSONAL CONTEXT

This visualization shows data from NJ's 2019 property tax tables. It shows both the size of tax bases throughout the Garden State and the equalization ratio for each tax base (the equalization ratio shows the relationship between the tax base's assessed value and equalized (or market) value).

Each circle is a tax base. There are 565 tax bases represented; the larger the circle, the larger the tax base. There are also 565 equalization ratios; the darker the red, the lower the equalization ratio. To learn more about the equalization ratios and how it factors into property taxes and property revaluation, click here.

FEATURED DATA SET

EXPLORE PUBLIC DATA

This is the dataset for the visualization above showing select data from NJ's 2019 property tax tables.  The property tax tables are published annually by the NJ Division of Taxation. The source data is available via Excel/CSV download here. I downloaded the dataset to Excel and then created a Tableau visualization to enable CivicParent readers to drill into and explore based on your interest. You can filter and sort this data based on:

  • County (use the drop-down box to select or unselect one or more counties)
  • Municipality (this will update based on the "County" selection)
  • Equalization Ratio (use the sliding scale to create min or max values)

You can also sort the data using the column header auto-sort option (hover over a column header and wait for the down or up arrow to appear).

FEATURED VIDEO

What is REVALUATION?

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