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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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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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 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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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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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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Updated: Jersey City Abatements from 2016 User Friendly Budget. Mapped by Project Type & Ward.

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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Abatements 801: We need better abatement disclosures in NJ to show impact on public schools

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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Jersey City 2021 Budget: Dig into budget using keyword search

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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