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Jersey City 2021 Budget: Dig into budget using keyword search

Jersey City 2021 Budget: Dig into budget using keyword search

This is part of a series on the 2021 city budget. See the full series here. The 2021 budget documents …
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In one chart: Jersey City’s seismic change in tax levies fully funds the schools and reallocates property tax

In one chart: Jersey City's seismic change in tax levies fully funds the schools and reallocates property tax

A “levy” is the amount raised in property tax to fund a government budget. Typically, a levy is one of …
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Transparency & Better Communications Needed for Jersey City Public Schools

Transparency & Better Communications Needed for Jersey City Public Schools

The Board of Education (BOE) nearly shut down “remote” public comment last week and it’s worth explaining what happened, simply …
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Initial thoughts on Jersey City’s Municipal 2021 Budget Press Release

Initial thoughts on Jersey City's Municipal 2021 Budget Press Release

Yesterday, Jersey City taxpayers received initial news that the 2021 municipal budget would “cut taxes for Jersey City residents by …
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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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/ Property Tax Rates

NJ’s “Cost Per Pupil” is a flawed comparison of school district cost.

NJ’s “Cost Per Pupil” is a flawed comparison of school district cost.

How NJ’s “cost-per-pupil” can mislead taxpayers to interpret “investing more in higher needs students” as “overspending” On its face, the …
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The Board of Education Should Approve Superintendent Walker’s Schools Budget & Fully Fund Our Schools

The Board of Education Should Approve Superintendent Walker's Schools Budget & Fully Fund Our Schools

Superintendent Walker proposed a fully funded budget on Monday, March 15th, a monumental step forward in Jersey City’s efforts to …
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CivicParent NJ Property Tax Viewer: 2020 Levies

CivicParent NJ Property Tax Viewer: 2020 Levies

The 2020 property tax tables for calendar year 2020 are now available. This data provides insight into the way municipal, …
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Property Revaluation 701: Property Tax Appeal Math…Are You Over-Assessed? A Tax Math Explainer

Property Revaluation 701: Property Tax Appeal Math...Are You Over-Assessed? A Tax Math Explainer

This post is meant to help a taxpayer get a jump-start on determining: is my property over-assessed? This post is …
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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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Jersey City Schools Parent Advocacy Update: Connect with Jersey City Together

Jersey City Schools Parent Advocacy Update: Connect with Jersey City Together

COVID19 remote learning is extremely challenging. It’s important to note that some challenges are exacerbated by chronic underfunding of Jersey …
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Abatements 801: We need better abatement disclosures in NJ to show impact on public schools

Abatements 801: 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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Abatements 701 & The “User Friendly Budget”, part 5 – Abatements (with a Jersey City Focus)

Abatements 701 & 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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NJ Property Revaluation Dashboard, Part 1

NJ Property Revaluation Dashboard, Part 1

This part of a CivicParent NJ Revaluation series.  Please see PropertyRevaluation.org for additional posts and analysis. Tax fairness, at its …
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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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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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