See how your property tax bill is computed

See how your property tax bill is computed

Let’s take a look at how a tax bill comes together. It’s an interesting and empowering exercise to tie your ...
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Midway through Jersey City’s “S2” state aid cuts: assessing the fiscal landscape.

Midway through Jersey City's "S2" state aid cuts: assessing the fiscal landscape.

It has been nearly four years since NJ passed the “S2” law, leading to state aid cuts to Jersey City ...
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Understanding Montclair’s Municipal Budget: A Webinar & Teaching to Empower Taxpayers to “Follow the Public Money”

Understanding Montclair's Municipal Budget: A Webinar & Teaching to Empower Taxpayers to "Follow the Public Money"

On January 26th, 2022 I joined Montclair Councilor-at-large Peter Yacobellis for a zoom webinar about the Montclair municipal (aka town) ...
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What is in our local public schools budget? (a tool for advocates)

What is in our local public schools budget? (a tool for advocates)

What’s included in our schools budget, and how is it structured (laid out)? I wanted to create a visualization for ...
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Montclair City Budgets: high-level, 6-year review

Montclair City Budgets: high-level, 6-year review

For the past few months I’ve been working with a fantastic group of advocates in Montclair to learn more about ...
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What is the mix of residential vs. business property in my town? (UFB-5)

What is the mix of residential vs. business property in my town? (UFB-5)

This is an update to my “User Friendly Budget” series with a focus on Montclair.  Your town’s user friendly budget ...
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What drives my property tax bill? (UFB, Page 1)

What drives my property tax bill? (UFB, Page 1)

This is an update to my “User Friendly Budget” series with a focus on Montclair.  Your town’s user friendly budget must be ...
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Let’s get civic, Montclair!

Let's get civic, Montclair!

I’m excited to share that I’m currently working with a team of civic advocates in Montclair to help grow awareness ...
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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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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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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’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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A Closer Look at Jersey City’s School Tax Rate, Part 1: the Public Data

A Closer Look at Jersey City's School Tax Rate, Part 1: the Public Data

This is the first in a 4-part series about 2018 school tax rates, with a focus on Jersey City. This ...
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NJ Property Tax Dashboard: Updated for 2018 w/ Jersey City Highlights

NJ Property Tax Dashboard: Updated for 2018 w/ Jersey City Highlights

NJ Property Tax Dashboard Follow the money ... and better understand your community's priorities. Every year, the state of NJ ...
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Demand Fair Property Taxation: Using the Equalization Ratio as a Civic Tool

Demand Fair Property Taxation: Using the Equalization Ratio as a Civic Tool

How can taxpayers ensure that local municipal and county governments are keeping property taxes fair and balanced? This excerpt is ...
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