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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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/ Property Taxes

Open Letter/Comments to Mayor Fulop & City Council: What is being done to pressure-test the need for another citywide revaluation?

Open Letter/Comments to Mayor Fulop & City Council: What is being done to pressure-test the need for another citywide revaluation?

Sharing an open letter and thoughts that I read into the record at the City Council meeting on Oct 7, …
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/ Property Revaluation

Thoughts on Jersey City’s 2020 Board of Education (BOE) Election

Thoughts on Jersey City's 2020 Board of Education (BOE) Election

I’ve been getting asked about my thoughts re: the Board of Education election. I wanted to offer two insights that …
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/ Jersey City School Funding Crisis

Safely Reopening Our Schools in NJ: Understanding the Constraints of Fragmentation in the Garden State

Safely Reopening Our Schools in NJ: Understanding the Constraints of Fragmentation in the Garden State

I have been trying to learn about the practical implications of reopening our schools in the fall. The stakes are …
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/ Public Schools

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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/ Public budgets

The “User Friendly Budget”, Part 4a: View Your Town’s Structural Spending with the “UFB-3 Appropriations Summary” Data

The “User Friendly Budget”, Part 4a: View Your Town’s Structural Spending with the “UFB-3 Appropriations Summary” Data

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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Open Letter re: Police Reform to the Mayor, City Council, Chief of Police and Public Safety Director

Open Letter re: Police Reform to the Mayor, City Council, Chief of Police and Public Safety Director

A Call to Action in Jersey City: Tell Mayor Fulop, the City Council, Chief Kelly, and Director Shea: We need …
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/ Advocacy

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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/ #JCCityBudget, Public budgets

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 School Tax Expense Calculator for 2020/21 School Funding Year

Jersey City School Tax Expense Calculator for 2020/21 School Funding Year

I am part of the education team with Jersey City Together and in May 2020 we created a school tax …
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Jersey City BOE Passes Mr. Walker’s Full Budget: $52.7M

Jersey City BOE Passes Mr. Walker's Full Budget: $52.7M

Jersey City’s Board of Education took a huge step forward, following Superintendent Walker’s courageous lead to invest in Jersey City …
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It’s Now or Never to Support the 2020/21 Schools Budget for Our Kids.

It's Now or Never to Support the 2020/21 Schools Budget for Our Kids.

It’s Saturday May 9th and we are within a week of the 2020/21 schools budget being passed for next year …
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Approve the 2020/21 #JerseyCity Schools Budget: Invest in Jersey City’s Kids

Approve the 2020/21 #JerseyCity Schools Budget: Invest in Jersey City's Kids

PS #5 PTA Campaign: Tell the Board of Education: Approve the 2020/21 Schools Budget – Invest in Jersey City’s Kids …
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Jersey City Public Schools Enrollment Data Shows Diversity of District, Imperative to Progressively Fund

Jersey City Public Schools Enrollment Data Shows Diversity of District, Imperative to Progressively Fund

For the last 10 years, Jersey City has been DIVESTING in its public schools. All the while, our city has …
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/ Public Schools

Thoughts on Technology and Mental Health in “Remote” Paradigm of Learning.

Thoughts on Technology and Mental Health in "Remote" Paradigm of Learning.

I normally use this blog to share data and analysis about taxes and public funding, but this is a more …
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/ Public Schools

What Investing in Jersey City Public Schools Looks Like for 2020/21

What Investing in Jersey City Public Schools Looks Like for 2020/21

On Wednesday March 18th, Superintendent Walker proposed a budget that significantly increases local investment in our public schools. The budget …
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Jersey City Public Schools 2020/21 Budget Process: Working Timeline & FAQs

Jersey City Public Schools 2020/21 Budget Process: Working Timeline & FAQs

As we enter the budget season for Jersey City Public Schools, I wanted to share some upcoming process info – …
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Value & Empower Our Public Schools By Locally Funding Them in the 2020 Schools Budget

Value & Empower Our Public Schools By Locally Funding Them in the 2020 Schools Budget

Helpful Tips: Thank you to the PTA of Dr. Michael Conti PS #5 School for this information & advocacy. We …
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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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