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Re: Cat Groomer Recommendation?
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Yes I'd like to know the same thing! I have a long haired orange cat and he is very fussy, I hate taking him to the vet unless absolutely necessary because he gets so nervous I worry he'll give himself a heart attack. I can't justify going through that for a groomer, I'd like to find someone to come to my house and groom him here. I can get him to let me brush him and he'll let me, but beyond that I don't know what I can do. It's almost shedding season, if anyone has any recommendations, I'd also love to hear it!

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Re: Cat Groomer Recommendation?
#32
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We brought our Maine Coon to Groomingdales several years ago and it didn't go very well. We wanted a wash and a cut, but we got a phone call after the wash saying that the cat was so agitated that they wouldn't be able to do a cut. I doubt it had anything to do with their service or training, it's just that most places cater to dogs. Dogs are loud, social animals and of course cats are not. We learned how to do "cat baths" and bought some grooming clippers off Amazon and did everything at home. Sometimes it took 3 days to do a finished cut because cats don't tolerate sitting for more than a few minutes, but overall it was WAY less stressful than bringing them to a groomer. Maybe another option would be the mobile groomers that come to your house?

Posted on: Yesterday 10:03
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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brewster wrote:
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Strawhat wrote:
Also the thousands of people who have moved in within the last few years and had kids will one day have to send them to a high school. Not sure how all these transplants are going to feel about Ferris.


An interesting point I've seen made is that the AEP programs and McNair actually damage the district schools greatly by skimming the most talented students out. I wonder what my suburban school would have been like if the top 60 out of my class of 600 had been pulled out to a magnet HS.


Yea, I've heard that plenty of times too. There is obviously some logic to it, but as a Mcnair graduate myself I'm more happy that McNair and other AEP programs exist. These programs are ultimately a benefit for people like me.

I have one main issue with the argument that Mcnair damages other schools. Yes, taking kids from Mcnair and tossing them into the other schools may raise average test scores and whatnot, but that doesn't really matter if the state of the school and the education stays the same. The focus should be to fix and upgrade these schools. Mcnair existing should not take away from that focus.

Hopefully this new tax system can get us back on the right track.

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These 15 N.J. real estate markets are sizzling hot right now
#34
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These 15 N.J. real estate markets are sizzling hot right now

Posted February 22, 2018 at 07:46 AM | Updated February 22, 2018 at 08:32 AM

By Erin Petenko | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The Garden State's real estate market was not so hot this winter.

Prices increased a measly 1 percent last quarter, compared to 1.5 percent nationally, according to data provided by Zillow, the real estate website.

Home values still haven't quite rebounded from the recession. The average home in New Jersey was worth $311,600 last winter, lower than its peak in the third quarter of 2006.

But these markets are sizzling right now, reaching peak value in the last two quarters of 2017. We ranked them by how much home values have increased there in the past year.

Check out New Jersey's hottest housing markets right now.

http://www.nj.com/data/2018/02/these_ ... 2box_nj-homepage-featured

Posted on: Yesterday 9:00
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
#35
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Parkman: "recharge their outrage"
Also Parkman: "I didn't say outrage in my original post"

Yes of course I understand sarcasm. But you're not being sarcastic. Downtowners are very outraged and their perception of what is going on is horribly misguided.

You're just one of many trying to spin this fictitious unfairness under the guise of altruism. Just stop. It's not doing any of you any favors.


Posted on: Yesterday 7:36
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
#36
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Parkman, I at least, have never said anything about what people expected decades ago, only their current status. It's just that when people with $1-3m in equity plead poverty that some of us feel that there's a real problem in perspective.

Posted on: Yesterday 1:49
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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HeightsNative wrote:
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parkman wrote:
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brewster wrote:
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parkman wrote:
At this point, where our taxes have been raised from that $17,000 level to $28,000 and up, it feels like we are being forced out our homes, where we never wanted to sell, and weren’t driven by a monetary motive.


I simply don't understand. Why would you leave your beloved home rather than part with a small fraction of your unexpected and apparently unwelcome gains? Because I'm pretty sure you're over 62, you can pay that 1.62% indefinitely via a reverse mortgage, the taxes paid will almost certainly be replenished by further appreciation.

This anger and sense of "underappreciation" by the oldest residents who have seen the most gains is really frustrating for those of us who will also see tax raises, but can see the big picture as well. Instead of realizing you got a gift of easily $100-200k from other parts of the city due to the long delay, many of you indulge this anger at the end of the party. It's unseemly.
Let me take a nap due to my old age, and I'll answer you in the morning. The "under appreciated" have to recharge their outrage.


Ha. Outrage. You have no right to be outraged (bummed maybe). And given all the reasons listed before, if you're outraged, you're an indecent person.
OK, you woke me up. Where do you see the word "outrage" from me in the original post? The reply to Brewster was sarcasm, if you know what that is. I said it's "insulting" in the original to imply that long term residents, who have volunteered their time to make Downtown a better place to live, were motivated by a monetary gain. Nite.

Posted on: 2/21 23:54
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Re: N.J. watchdog issues scathing review of Jersey City water agency - JJ
#38
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The city sell water liens on homeowners who cannot pay the rate at the end of the calendar year, so some homeowners are losing their homes basically due to corruption.

Posted on: 2/21 23:45
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
#39
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Quote:

parkman wrote:
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brewster wrote:
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parkman wrote:
At this point, where our taxes have been raised from that $17,000 level to $28,000 and up, it feels like we are being forced out our homes, where we never wanted to sell, and weren’t driven by a monetary motive.


I simply don't understand. Why would you leave your beloved home rather than part with a small fraction of your unexpected and apparently unwelcome gains? Because I'm pretty sure you're over 62, you can pay that 1.62% indefinitely via a reverse mortgage, the taxes paid will almost certainly be replenished by further appreciation.

This anger and sense of "underappreciation" by the oldest residents who have seen the most gains is really frustrating for those of us who will also see tax raises, but can see the big picture as well. Instead of realizing you got a gift of easily $100-200k from other parts of the city due to the long delay, many of you indulge this anger at the end of the party. It's unseemly.
Let me take a nap due to my old age, and I'll answer you in the morning. The "under appreciated" have to recharge their outrage.


Ha. Outrage. You have no right to be outraged (bummed maybe). And given all the reasons listed before, if you're outraged, you're an indecent person.

Posted on: 2/21 23:44
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Quote:

brewster wrote:
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parkman wrote:
At this point, where our taxes have been raised from that $17,000 level to $28,000 and up, it feels like we are being forced out our homes, where we never wanted to sell, and weren’t driven by a monetary motive.


I simply don't understand. Why would you leave your beloved home rather than part with a small fraction of your unexpected and apparently unwelcome gains? Because I'm pretty sure you're over 62, you can pay that 1.62% indefinitely via a reverse mortgage, the taxes paid will almost certainly be replenished by further appreciation.

This anger and sense of "underappreciation" by the oldest residents who have seen the most gains is really frustrating for those of us who will also see tax raises, but can see the big picture as well. Instead of realizing you got a gift of easily $100-200k from other parts of the city due to the long delay, many of you indulge this anger at the end of the party. It's unseemly.


You nailed it, on all fronts. If a reverse mortgage isn't your thing, think about this. If you sold your place for $1.5mm and rented a place in the same neighborhood for $3000 a month, you'd be able to pay that rent for roughly 41 years just off the proceeds of the sale (I didn't factor in broker fees etc).

I'm emphathetic to such a shock, but it's all been said before. You all knew it was coming. And you've all experienced many years of underpaying, subsidized by the poorer parts of JC. Nothing will change that at this point. And you don't have to leave your longtime home. Stop with the overreactions and get a plan together for next steps.

Posted on: 2/21 23:43
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Quote:

brewster wrote:
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parkman wrote:
At this point, where our taxes have been raised from that $17,000 level to $28,000 and up, it feels like we are being forced out our homes, where we never wanted to sell, and weren’t driven by a monetary motive.


I simply don't understand. Why would you leave your beloved home rather than part with a small fraction of your unexpected and apparently unwelcome gains? Because I'm pretty sure you're over 62, you can pay that 1.62% indefinitely via a reverse mortgage, the taxes paid will almost certainly be replenished by further appreciation.

This anger and sense of "underappreciation" by the oldest residents who have seen the most gains is really frustrating for those of us who will also see tax raises, but can see the big picture as well. Instead of realizing you got a gift of easily $100-200k from other parts of the city due to the long delay, many of you indulge this anger at the end of the party. It's unseemly.
Let me take a nap due to my old age, and I'll answer you in the morning. The "under appreciated" have to recharge their outrage.

Posted on: 2/21 23:40
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Re: School options in the heights...
#42
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I don't have relevant advice, but want to congratulate you on your positive attitude, instead of buying what all the naysayers are selling. My kids are 15 & 18, and growing up in JC has been a great experience for them. Good luck.

Posted on: 2/21 23:35
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Hudson County Community College Foundation Subscription Dining Series
#43
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Just can't stay away


February 21, 2018, Jersey City, NJ / Area business people and residents are invited to participate in Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Foundation’s popular Subscription Dining Series. Now In its eighth year, the Series provides subscribers with the opportunity to enjoy superior luncheon dining experiences on Friday afternoons from February 23 through April 20. Proceeds from the Series furnish deserving HCCC students with much-needed financial assistance.


http://riverviewobserver.net/2018/02/ ... ining-series-begin-month/

Posted on: 2/21 23:33
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
#44
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Quote:

parkman wrote:
At this point, where our taxes have been raised from that $17,000 level to $28,000 and up, it feels like we are being forced out our homes, where we never wanted to sell, and weren’t driven by a monetary motive.


I simply don't understand. Why would you leave your beloved home rather than part with a small fraction of your unexpected and apparently unwelcome gains? Because I'm pretty sure you're over 62, you can pay that 1.62% indefinitely via a reverse mortgage, the taxes paid will almost certainly be replenished by further appreciation.

This anger and sense of "underappreciation" by the oldest residents who have seen the most gains is really frustrating for those of us who will also see tax raises, but can see the big picture as well. Instead of realizing you got a gift of easily $100-200k from other parts of the city due to the long delay, many of you indulge this anger at the end of the party. It's unseemly.

Posted on: 2/21 23:27
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Re: School options in the heights...
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Quote:

Kelcey wrote:
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I registered both my son and daughter yesterday in PK3/PK4 yesterday


I thought registration starts March 1?


I believe it was before 3/1 because students at pre-K 3 get a letter allowing to enroll this week/next.

Posted on: 2/21 23:24
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
#46
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Quote:

Adonis wrote:
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Sutherland wrote:
One thing that's really difficult is that a lot of the people most adversely affected by the tax increase were real pioneers who purchased homes here in the early 80s and got behind the community, effectuated significant change and ultimately did more for Jersey City than any politician or developer. Now after pulling Jersey City from out of the depths, many of them may be forced to sell and move. The process doesn't seem to pay any deference to their efforts. For a lot of these people, downtown Jersey City is a uniquely special place to live. So the fact that they could sell their homes and maybe cash in with a lot of money may not be so comforting. They actually CREATED a community here and created a place that was unique and special. Now they have to think about where they could go and live and feel as comfortable. It's a hard pill to swallow and it's something I wish people would feel sensitive to.


Apparently what contributed to that burgeoning sense of community all along was local tax policy. Or should I say lack thereof. Until now.
I don’t know who Sutherland is, but his/hers acknowledgment of the individuals who bought during a time downtown, when parking your car on the street meant wondering if your car window was going to be intact the next morning, when we went through a reval in ’88 that saw taxes like mine and others, go from $1,800 a year to $12,200, and despite a devastated real estate market, stayed put to make this community what it is today; is appreciated, and you insult us by saying we contributed due to a tax policy we had no control over or was our motivation.

There are multiple community groups downtown that have volunteered their time over the last 30 years to make this a better place to live, not driven by a profit motive, but to better the neighborhood they choose to make their home. If you think paying $17,000 a year in current taxes for a defected school system (until very recently controlled by the state for lack of quality), a combined sewer system that floods our basements during each heavy rain, one of the highest water and tax rates in the county, had something to do with our “burgeoning sense of community”, you don’t know who we are.

At this point, where our taxes have been raised from that $17,000 level to $28,000 and up, it feels like we are being forced out our homes, where we never wanted to sell, and weren’t driven by a monetary motive. I hope that all the people on this site that think we have been “getting away with murder”, are ready to take over all the volunteer efforts given by these long-term residents.

Posted on: 2/21 22:51
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
#47
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Councilman Solomon talks tax appeal at the Van Vorst meeting, edited to 23 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DmFdd_Kl98

Posted on: 2/21 22:37
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Chess Tournament for Children is this Sunday, February 25th!
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AlphaMinds Academy would like to invite all young chess players to our Winter 2018 Chess Tournament for Children this Sunday, February 25th in Jersey City!

Players of all levels, grades K-6th, are invited to join!
Students will play in two groups, grades K-2 and 3-6.

Pizza and prizes for everyone! Top three players in each group will receive trophies.

Registration is REQUIRED (due to limited space)!
Please register here: http://www.alphamindsacademy.com/chess-tournament-page
When: Sunday, February 25th, 10am to 1pm
Where: Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County, 225 Morris Blvd Jersey City, NJ 07302

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our Winter Chess Tournament for Children!

Posted on: 2/21 22:01
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
#49
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Quote:

Sutherland wrote:
One thing that's really difficult is that a lot of the people most adversely affected by the tax increase were real pioneers who purchased homes here in the early 80s and got behind the community, effectuated significant change and ultimately did more for Jersey City than any politician or developer. Now after pulling Jersey City from out of the depths, many of them may be forced to sell and move. The process doesn't seem to pay any deference to their efforts. For a lot of these people, downtown Jersey City is a uniquely special place to live. So the fact that they could sell their homes and maybe cash in with a lot of money may not be so comforting. They actually CREATED a community here and created a place that was unique and special. Now they have to think about where they could go and live and feel as comfortable. It's a hard pill to swallow and it's something I wish people would feel sensitive to.


Apparently what contributed to that burgeoning sense of community all along was local tax policy. Or should I say lack thereof. Until now.

Posted on: 2/21 21:20
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
#50
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Does any one know if you go for the informal reval meeting with AIS, can they raise your taxes after looking at them?

Posted on: 2/21 20:53
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Re: N.J. watchdog issues scathing review of Jersey City water agency - JJ
#51
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Quote:

K-Lo2 wrote:
...while sending out threating notices about insuring your street lines.


+1

those little $12 a month insurance fees would really add up nicely for those boot heel lickers...

*even when their payout limit would not even cover the actual costs of that type of repair.



Posted on: 2/21 20:32
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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JCGuys wrote:
Fair question. It's incredibly complicated, which is why there is so much misinformation around the subject.


Nicely done sir.

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Strawhat wrote:
Also the thousands of people who have moved in within the last few years and had kids will one day have to send them to a high school. Not sure how all these transplants are going to feel about Ferris.


An interesting point I've seen made is that the AEP programs and McNair actually damage the district schools greatly by skimming the most talented students out. I wonder what my suburban school would have been like if the top 60 out of my class of 600 had been pulled out to a magnet HS.

Posted on: 2/21 20:06
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Re: 50 NJ High Schools with best SAT scores -- McNair at #20
#53
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bustjc wrote:
What the hell are you talking about almost every school on the list has a highly competitive selection process similar to Academic or you have to live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in NJ which by itself is automatic cut off.



I was speaking of the national list, I think US News, where they explicitly said so in their methodology. This is why the NYC selective schools were not there. But I see they have changed their methodology, and Stuy is there now, surprisingly below McNair's #49. Hard to believe Stuy is #13 in NYC. I wonder if the bad culture rep they got lost them the best students. US News has McNair #2 in NJ below Monmouth Hi Tech.

Posted on: 2/21 19:59
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Re: 50 NJ High Schools with best SAT scores -- McNair at #20
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Quote:

Yvonne wrote:
Quote:

K-Lo2 wrote:
McNair opened in 1976. I think we can all agree the student composition in terms of feeder schools may have changed over time.


I agree with you, it stopped being number one to just being a good school. McNair lost that population from Catholic schools.


Except you are so wrong, it's ridiculous. It's the best public high school in the state, according to the state itself.

I'm a Prep graduate, and I would rather have my kid at McNair these days.

http://www.nj.com/education/2018/02/t ... 2box_nj-homepage-featured


Posted on: 2/21 19:56
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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wow JCGuys thanks so much for the response. Appreciate you taking the time out of your day to do that. and thank you Yvonne for the link.

As a native of the city, I've been against the abatements from the start just because it seemed to just promote building of large apartment buildings everywhere for no real reason other than proximity to NYC. The gentrification has been unfortunate, and abatements just seemed like a tool used to gentrify. Thank you for teaching me more about it as a whole.

I'm dreading to see what will happen when the state stops funding our BOE. Fulop can only tout the successes of Mcnair for so long before the people start having questions about the other high schools.

Also the thousands of people who have moved in within the last few years and had kids will one day have to send them to a high school. Not sure how all these transplants are going to feel about Ferris.

Posted on: 2/21 19:54
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Re: New Polish Food Shop on Hutton Avenue
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This indeed is a great place and it looks like it has good reviews already on Google. Highly recommended, just wish it was a little closer to downtown...

Posted on: 2/21 19:44
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Re: School options in the heights...
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Quote:
I registered both my son and daughter yesterday in PK3/PK4 yesterday


I thought registration starts March 1?

Posted on: 2/21 19:17
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Posted on: 2/21 18:50
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Quote:

Monroe wrote:
Abbott is a court mandated program and not likely to go away soon. While some state financial support might get redistributed to more needy cities the bulk of state cash for JC schools will remain.


Why? At some point all the poor families with kids will be gentrified out of Jersey City and our ratabale base will one day push $50 billion. At what point does bankrupt NJ say that JC no longer needs the Abbott payments when they're other school districts that have a demonstrated need.

It doesn't make sense that the rest of the state doesn't revolt and demand change. It's like reverse Robinhood where the poor areas of the state just bends over and lets wealthy JC gets it way.

Posted on: 2/21 18:35
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
#60
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Abbott is a court mandated program and not likely to go away soon. While some state financial support might get redistributed to more needy cities the bulk of state cash for JC schools will remain.

Posted on: 2/21 18:26
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