Jersey City’s 2022 tax hikes & Q3 and Q4 tax bill flux, explained

Jersey City's 2022 tax hikes & Q3 and Q4 tax bill flux, explained

This post made my head spin a bit … the math and timing is wonky and confusing. I’ve done my ...
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How does your town’s property tax allocation compare to the state average?

How does your town's property tax allocation compare to the state average?

I’ve often received the question: how does our town’s property tax compare to the state average? Using the most recently ...
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Interactive tools to learn about school tax increase in Jersey City

Interactive tools to learn about school tax increase in Jersey City

The Jersey City Board of Education increased the school tax levy...now what? I'm getting that question from more than a ...
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Some final words on 2022-23 Schools Budget, anti-school tax rhetoric, and city/BOE budget timelines

Some final words on 2022-23 Schools Budget, anti-school tax rhetoric, and city/BOE budget timelines

This is my final post re: the Jersey City Public Schools budget which will be voted on this Monday. The ...
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Putting Jersey City’s low school tax rate into perspective

Putting Jersey City's low school tax rate into perspective

Jersey City lost another $68 million in state aid on March 10th, 2022. This cut was expected, part of the ...
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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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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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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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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 2: Statewide Comparisons & the Role of the Tax Base

A Closer Look at Jersey City’s School Tax Rate. Part 2: Statewide Comparisons & the Role of the Tax Base

This is the second in a 4-part series about 2018 school tax rates, with a focus on Jersey City. This ...
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