Public Scholarship on CivicParent
"Public scholarship strives to make good on the highest ideals and the most compelling promises of the scholarly vocation itself: to place our work at the service of justice, to make research accessible to those far from the seats of power, to promote informed and democratic engagement in the public sphere" - Commonweal
A brief frame
Since 2013, I have been research, analyzing, and writing about issues around public finance that have served the community in Jersey City and beyond. I'm sharing below the pieces that have contributed to the public's understanding of four key issues: (a) public school funding, with a particular focus on Jersey City Public Schools, (b) local municipal budgets, with a focus on two communities (Jersey City and Montclair) and a focus on a budget form called the "User Friendly Budget" which allows for side-by-side community comparatives across New Jersey, (c) tax abatements, a tool authorized by New Jersey and used by communities across the state with implications for local governments, and (d) property revaluation, a lens into tax fairness for taxpayers in every state.
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A Closer Look at Jersey City’s School Tax Rate. Part 2: Statewide Comparisons & the Role of the Tax Base
NJ School Funding Basics: “Adequacy” Budget, School Tax Levy, & the Impact of Inflation (A Case Study of Jersey City)
The “User Friendly Budget”, Part 4a: View Your Town’s Structural Spending with the “UFB-3 Appropriations Summary” Data
The “User Friendly Budget”, Part 3: the “Cover Page”, an Inventory of NJ’s 565 Municipalities, & An Overview of How UFB Data was Compiled