Jersey City Budgets & the Connection to Property Tax Expense (an interactive teaching visual)

This is part of a series about the 2022 Jersey City budget. To see the full series, click here. For ...
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Jersey City's 2022 Municipal Budget: Focus on Revenues & Increasing City Tax Levy

In this post I’m using 2 public datasets: A: Jersey City’s 2022 Municipal Budget (Introduced) with proposed 2022 revenue and ...
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Jersey City's 2022 Municipal Budget: a Focus on Structural Expense

On June 15th, Jersey City released introduced its 2022 budget. This is a part of a series about that budget ...
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Jersey City's 2022 Municipal Budget: the Big Picture

On June 15th, Jersey City released introduced its 2022 budget. This is a part of a series about that budget ...
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Series Kickoff: the 2022 Municipal Budget

The Jersey City municipal budget was introduced last week (June 15th) via resolution 22-4009. For the past three years, I've ...
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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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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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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)

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)

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!

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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Jersey City's 2021 Municipal Budget -- A postscript...and some closing notes around transparency & process improvement

This is a quick update to my 2021 municipal budget series which I wrote this summer based on the budget ...
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Jersey City 2021 Budget: A focus on expense (including: structural expense is up $13 million this year)

This is part of a series on the 2021 city budget. The spirit of this series is: I’m interested in unpacking ...
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Jersey City 2021 Budget: A focus on revenues (including how the city is achieving a property tax cut)

This is part of a series on the 2021 city budget. The spirit of this series is: I’m interested in unpacking ...
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Jersey City 2021 Budget: 160 abatements on city's books; visualizations on abatement type, value, PILOTs, and taxes if billed in full

This is part of a series on the 2021 city budget. The spirit of this series is: I’m interested in ...
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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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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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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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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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