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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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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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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The "User Friendly Budget", Part 3:  the "Cover Page", an Inventory of NJ's 565 Municipalities, & An Overview of How UFB Data was Compiled

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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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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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'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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Demystifying the City Budget (A Retro-Look at the 2019 Budget)

LET'S DEMYSTIFY THE CITY BUDGET Learn about our $595M+ city (ie municipal) budget, in community To help taxpayers access the ...
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Infographic: Jersey City: the Municipality's Role in School Underfunding

I've created this infographic as part of the 4th post of my 4-part series about the School Tax Rate in ...
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Jersey City's 2019/20 Proposed Budget: Visualized APPROPRIATIONS (Expenses)

Every municipality must pay for services that are then consumed by its residents. These services include: Police force (eg the ...
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Updated: Jersey City Abatements from 2016 User Friendly Budget. Mapped by Project Type & Ward.

If you are new to the topic of abatements, I recommend my tax abatement series here including my 2015 article,”Jersey City PILOTs ...
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Tax Abatements 601: Brighter Sunshine Mandated for NJ Abatements

Tax abatement reporting in Jersey City is finally getting more transparent.  Two distinct authoritative bodies have mandated changes that require Jersey City (and other cities) ...
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