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Re: Zoning Question
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I believe you want to keep the multi family zoning status, as it increases the value of the property. Internally and living wise you should be able to get the work done through the building department.

That said if there is a tax component at play here I believe going from multi to single is relatively mundane, but going from single to multi is a difficult process.

Posted on: 6/25 14:08
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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Monroe wrote:
Because it's a magnet school. Its graduation rate is 100%, and that 100% rate is what keeps the overall JC graduation rate at 75%, almost 20% under the state average.
Individually
Dickinson 78%
Ferris 75%
Lincoln 69%
Snyder 51%


It's a magnet school for students that reside in Jersey City, only. If the student is not attending McNair, then they are attending one of the other high schools you listed.


Kids that attend McNair probably have opportunities to go to private schools outside of the district, and McNair's prestige keeps them in the public school system.

Posted on: 6/5 14:01
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Re: Bloomberg: Collapse of Public Pensions
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Can anyone shed light on what this site is? Is it really Bloomberg news or is it some "fake news" type of site?

Posted on: 5/2 16:22
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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Yvonne wrote:
Typical liberal, Azul_the_Cat when called out, let's do personal attacks.


Typical right-winger, not getting the joke.

Posted on: 5/2 11:16
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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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JSleeze wrote:
The one thing that keeps coming up in the various threads about property taxes is the fact that JC's rate (1.62%) is below state average. That has nothing to do with anything.

In a city, the advantages of density and efficiencies of scale would dictate a lower rate. Provision of services should be easier (think police, fire, trash pickup, etc.) given closer proximity, fuel costs should be lower, purchasing should be more effective since you are doing it in larger volumes, etc. Not saying it always works out that way, given politics, corruption and the like - but from a basic economics standpoint the math is pretty simple.

The state rate that gets tossed around is an average. Not everyone is average, for good reason.


The thing is that the tax rate isn't low when you consider that JC pays less then 20% of it's schools costs.

Posted on: 4/27 9:14
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Re: Rent increases in light of revaluation
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Can either of you articulate how the answers you are blabbering about have to do with my question? Or do you hijack every thread and ramble on?

Posted on: 1/29 17:21
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Rent increases in light of revaluation
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How are other small time landlords handling the reval and rent? I'm looking at over 100% increase in my RE taxes and there is no way I can ask my tenant to cover the change. I'm hoping I can get 50% out of them or have them leave and then hopefully increase it with new tenants and be back to even.

Posted on: 1/29 16:30
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Re: Steam Heat - pipes banging. Any recommnedation for plumber that knows how to rectify
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brewster wrote:
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MDM wrote:
If you don't get a plumber recommendation:


The Lost Art of Steam Heating


Amusing the used copies are same price as new. Steam is pretty near voodoo as far as I can tell. Truly stupid system and implementation. If you add hardwood floors there's simply no elegant way to raise the radiator valve to match. You're stuck using 2 45s or, like the previous owner, drilling holes in the new floor for the feet.

When I need help I go to https://forum.heatinghelp.com/categories/strictly-steam. Found a good contractor there, but he stopped doing residential.


Come on it was being installed 120 years ago and the premise still works. It may be weird by today's standards, but it works, and there is a certain level of charm to it. Nobody is going to put it in a new home, but for these older homes here it's probably pretty common.

Posted on: 2017/11/10 14:39
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11% Increase in luxury Downtown Power House District
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I just received a renewal for an apartment my business rents, it's a new luxury building in the powerhouse district. Rent went up 11% is this the general trend in the area, or should I negotiate a smaller increase?

Posted on: 2017/7/5 10:39
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Re: Jersey City school officials fret over plan to cut $8.5M in state aid
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ProdigalSon wrote:
I'm pretty sure the reval is the first step in a series of school funding issues for the city.


Most of your post is reasonable, but this is not relevant. The reval is revenue neutral, the tax levy (the total take) is by law the same after as before. The reval is only about who already in the JC ratable tax base in pays what.

What I hate about this issue is the whole thing is a black box. JC sure isn't undertaxed, so how can we be so far short of being able to pay for our own schools? Is the JCBOE wasteful compared to similarly challenged districts? All we hear is partisan noise, I've never heard of a forensic accountant's analysis of the JCBOE budget.


It's revenue neutral for how long? Is it revenue neutral to both the BOE and the City?

I don't think they go directly hand and hand with one another, but the reval and JCBOE funding by the state and city are intertwined (along with a host of other issues).

And yes the numbers are staggering, and that is what I really think scares me. Look 8.5 million is a drop in the bucket of a 500 mil budget at 1.7%, and this is possibly going to cause floundering, just think if the laws change and the state reduces aide further, it's going to be shocking, but not totally unfair.

It's certainly an interesting topic, I am curious as to how JC and the State will navigate it.

Posted on: 2017/6/23 9:16
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Re: Jersey City school officials fret over plan to cut $8.5M in state aid
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I can't believe any of the politicians in JC would ever touch the school board with a 10 foot poll. There is a gaping wound that can be inflicted on JC by the state, 8.5 million is bad and going to leave the town scrambling. 217 million would cause a disaster. A further increase would be Great Depression sized calamity. I'm pretty sure the reval is the first step in a series of school funding issues for the city. I'm not even sure how residents can think it's fair that other towns shoulder 95%+ of their school budgets, yet this town can get by paying 15% or less?

It's insane that any politician would tout return of local control of the school board as a positive. It's clearly more rope for JC to hang itself by.

Posted on: 2017/6/22 21:46
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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If I lived in a big building I wouldn't sweat the inspection. You get a chance to see what you are assessed at and your neighbors, it will in all likelihood be in line with the similar units and similar square footage, with some consideration for floor. Additionally your building may be abated, so there while they will inspect the

When you get the assessment, if you find it to be out of whack with your neighbors you will have ample time to appeal it. But in reality if it's off by 5k you are talking like $150 bucks annually. I can easily make the case that my time is working is much more beneficial then quibbling over essentially a rounding error.

Posted on: 2017/6/7 10:47
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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brewster wrote:
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bodhipooh wrote:
Not to pick arguments, but aren't all those DTJC brownstones also "million dollar homes"? And, look how much of a stink they are raising over having to pay their fair share after 10 - 20 years of underpaying... I am sure in five years time, the city will be expected to shoulder a larger portion of the local BOE budget, and shit *will* hit the fan.


Was there an argument there? The issue of redistributing taxes to make school funding fair is not going away, but I believe sending JC taxes into the stratosphere to raise another $200m, like over 3.5%, won't happen. The economic damage would be catastrophic, dwarfing the reval because it would effect every unabated property, not just the older DT ones.

I find it telling that Monroe always ties the high budget to poor performance, like he'd be OK with it if it got results. That's unlikely. BTW Monroe, your portrayal of Millburn as a tax victim is nonsense. They're not far above JC in the list of Tax Levy as percentage of Local Fair Share for schools. JC:32.75% Milburn: 41.3%. There's plenty of towns underaided, neighboring W Orange is at 128.38%.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d ... 1GBqhMuPDKDMTk/edit#gid=0
Linked from http://njeducationaid.blogspot.com/

Does JC BOE need to be pulled apart and put back together? Absolutely. Every district in the state should be held accountable for where it's money goes, by outside auditors, every year. Maybe if we cut off the sweet juice the 599 districts will see the light of consolidating. The smoke and mirrors to make public money vanish pisses me off. Oh, and no district living on the state tit should get to make it's own worker contracts, including Millburn.


What percentage on this list is optimal(I think it's 100%)? Additionally is it determining local fair share based on total value of homes in that town/district? Is that why so many beach towns with small populations, and even less school age students have virtually zero tax levy? It would be interesting to see the actual school budgets on this list as well.

Also one thing this list reinforces to me is that their are way to many municipalities in NJ.

Posted on: 2017/5/22 15:50
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Sites to list apartment rentals
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I have to get a new tenant, it's been years since I've had to make a change, is craiglist still the go to, or is there a better more traffic'ed site these days?

Posted on: 2017/4/11 11:56
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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From my understanding of the reassessment, the city will provide a fair market value for the home, if it sells at 1.8 it's a pretty good indication that 1.8 is the FMV. If the taxes go to 2.0%(seems low but humor me) that would make the taxes 36k annually, or 3k a month. That represents an increase of $2,117 in monthly overhead, which corresponds to about $580k in mortgage at 3.625%, I wouldn't touch downtown JC until after this is over.

Posted on: 2017/1/11 11:20
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Re: Need a car blocking my driveway towed
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jcneighbor wrote:
Heights, Just wondering if you have any insights into why that's the policy? Seems retarded to me. You're either blocking a legal curb cut for access to/from private property or you aren't...


It's a terrible policy as a whole, but they said that parking is still available to you so just use that parking. Once I found out about the policy, I always needed to leave when my driveway was blocked, regardless if it was 100% the truth. Which was maybe 3 times in the past 4 years. Cars have been towed twice.

Posted on: 2016/12/7 15:35
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Re: 264-286 9th Street Condo Building
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Sent a PM.

Posted on: 2016/12/5 15:20
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Re: Cost of Day Care in the Downtown JC area
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I pay 1550 at the Brunswick school for my 3.5 yol. The first year the holidays were great. The 2nd year schedule is similar to a traditional school. The school is great and it's constantly been improving since it opened.

Posted on: 2016/8/23 11:59
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Re: Virile Barber Shop
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They close the blinds when it's really hot out. It's very open and thriving. Try to get a cut there on short notice.

Posted on: 2016/8/12 10:38
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Re: Looking for reputable movers
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Tommy's Movers 201-656-5030.

I've used them twice and recommended them countless times. Every time it has been professional and well done.

Posted on: 2016/7/11 11:03
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Re: Affordable car service to Six Flags?
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Because I was on the site looking at another fare, as we speak. Downtown to Six Flags is estimated as 69-89 in an uberX.

Posted on: 2016/6/29 9:36
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Re: Golf Driving Range?
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The Lincoln Park range has been closed for years.

The closest two are Edgewater, and the one just off 46 in Palisades Park. Neither one is convenient, the one in Palisades Park is much nicer and worth the 5 minutes extra it takes to get there. I usually go after 8pm and after hitting about 130 balls the entire adventure takes about 2 hours.

Chelsea Piers is also right there but can be a hassle with clubs.

Posted on: 2016/6/27 9:42
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Re: Jersey City to JFK and LGA
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I heard the NYPD offers rides to JFK or LGA all the time.

Posted on: 2016/6/3 11:41
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Re: Civic JC and Civic Parent Partner on Interactive Map to Compare Property Sales to Assessed Values
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dtjcview wrote:
One question I have, is how much does an increase in property tax really hurt the affluent?

Let's say a homeowner earns $200k/year - paying NJ State and federal taxes on that. Their property tax bill doubles from $10k to $20k. Isn't most or all of that deductible on their tax returns?

Any tax experts out there?


I wish it was so cut and dry, but property taxes feeds into AMT which starts being an issue at those levels. Interest deductions also get limited but I don't recall at what amounts. Additionally NJ only allows 10k deduction of property taxes on your state income tax return.

Posted on: 2016/6/1 15:20
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Re: How to manage buying and selling at the same time?
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Going through this right now, and it is stressful as hell.

I took a loan against a 401(k) for some of my down payment, and I have a Home Equity Line on my current residence and decent equity(over 55%). We are moving into a very competitive market, and multiple lawyers have told me that selling contingencies are no longer common in NJ. I feel pretty comfortable that our place will sell quickly and we will be able to pay back the 401(k), the HELOC, and our mortgage with some left over.

Posted on: 2016/5/19 15:14
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Re: Man found dead in Downtown Jersey City: police radio
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Looks like it was not foul play. I'll keep this man's family and friends in my thoughts.

Posted on: 2016/4/13 12:16
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Re: infant daycare options in downtown JC?
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Lol our kids probably are in the same class!

I agree with almost all of the points Adonis made.

They did just release the 2016-2017 schedule and they are closed a lot more then they were this year. I think it was 6 additional days and they appeared to be a much more traditional school schedule. And there were a couple of "in-service" days added in.

That said the place is great everyone I've taken there has been floored by the spaciousness, the friendly staff, and the results that they get out of our child. At the onset there was a little unevenness in general administration of the school, but I think since the start of the year things have gotten much better and communication has significantly picked up. That said the care for my child has always been exemplary.

Feel free to PM if you have any questions, we have been there since the 2nd or 3rd month they opened.

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Adonis wrote:
I think The Brunswick School is great. One thing that I like about it that other schools might not have is its private parking lot which makes it a lot easier to bring our children via car when we decide to do so (usually we walk). I also like how it has its own private outdoor play area. Some schools don't have that. I also like how they have their own washer/dryer for washing the children's clothes if it is necessary. I like the way they work on potty training when the time for that training comes. I like the cleanliness, the openness, and the brightness of the facility. I like how they don't follow the holiday/vacation schedule of the Jersey City public schools which means that when other schools are closed they are open. I like the food they prepare on-site in their own kitchen for the children. And the management/teachers have been a pleasure to work with.

Posted on: 2016/3/31 14:57
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Re: Local self-storage unit?
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I use A1 as well. When I looked it was about the same price as every where else and it is pretty convenient.

Posted on: 2016/3/28 14:07
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Re: infant daycare options in downtown JC?
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My kiddo goes to the Brunswick School.

They do a super job with our 3 year old.

I have friends with kids in the lower levels and they have very good things to say about it as well.

Posted on: 2016/3/16 12:55
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Re: Water Bills up 500%
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We do about 33/day per person in a 2 family with 4 adults and two kids. Less if you include the kids.

Posted on: 2016/3/9 13:15
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