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Re: Proposed School Budget Nears One Billion and Portends Big Tax Hike
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Fulop used covid money for 2021 to reduce the overall budget. That was the reason for the slight decrease.


This is completely true. I believe he managed to find $75 million in both COVID funds and by diverting money from PILOT payments. Funny how that can happen in an election year. And I'm not a total Fulop hater. I just think people need a reminder that shit like this happens and it's barely mentioned.

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I get what you're saying about the delay with billing. However, looking at the year of the reval, for example, my bill jumped way up for Q3 and Q4 but then went back down the following year (to more than it was before the reval, but not THAT much). I remember calling the tax office about this (when I got the Q3 bill) and they explained that it was making up for the increase not being applied to Q1 and Q2, and that when the budget is finalized it is retroactive. So I guess it is Q3 AND Q4 that are affected (I was wrong in my statement about it just being Q3). B

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Fulop used covid money for 2021 to reduce the overall budget. That was the reason for the slight decrease.

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rscott is absolutely incorrect. JC has typically not issued the 3rd quarter tax bill on time. For years, due to a late budget, we property owners have been sent a letter explaining that a budget has not yet been passed, and that the tax bills will be sent once the budget is passed. I sometimes did not receive a letter at all and would send an email to the Tax Collector, asking about the 3rd quarter tax. The budget tardiness has resulted in the 3rd quarter taxes not being due until September or October in the years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021. In 2021 the tax bills were not mailed until September. Then a second billing statement was sent out in October, which did reduce the tax amounts for quarter 4 by approximately 4%, to adjust for the 3rd quarter. Quarters 1 & 2 were reduced by approximately 1%. My overall 2021 tax bill was decreased by only approximately 0.988%.

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There was no letter attached to the estimated tax bill, rscott's claim the increase goes back to the 1st and 2nd quarters are opinion. Since the 4th quarter is not given to the public, everything is just a debate. The 4th quarter could be higher, just maybe the mayor would be mailed out after the November election to protect the Dems running for office against Republicans on the other side of the ballot.

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The increase is retroactive to the beginning of the year, so this estimated bill is basically Q3 with the increases for Q1 and Q2 added. It does not represent what each quarterly bill will be in the future. This always happens - Q3 is the largest of the year if the taxes increase, as it's making up for the increase not being included on Q1 and Q2.

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i just looked at bills. this is ridiculous. inept leadership at the local level. spend, spend, spend and tax, tax and tax!

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This is an estimated bill, there is one more quarter for 2022, so the 4th quarter could even be higher. Shame on this administration for playing games. We should know the breakdown of the county, school, and municipal governments.

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Just got 2022 Q3 tax bill. It is a whopping 33.3% increase from 2021 Q3! This is not acceptable!



$1,300+ per qtr for the one property I am not selling (I live in it). Going to give tenants notice that there is going to be a significant rent increase coming.

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Just got 2022 Q3 tax bill. It is a whopping 33.3% increase from 2021 Q3! This is not acceptable!

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Jersey City school board approves nearly $1 billion budget in close vote

Published: May. 06, 2022, 3:53 p.m.
By Jake Maher | The Jersey Journal

The Jersey City Board of Education finalized its $974 million budget for the 2022-23 school year Thursday night, capping off months of debate about the balance between fiscal responsibility and the district’s responsibilities to its students.

In the immediate aftermath, board members seem more eager to put the experience behind them than to discuss their vote.


https://www.nj.com/hudson/2022/05/jers ... budget-in-close-vote.html

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Council Approves Study of Income Tax to Fund City’s Schools
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At Wednesday night’s meeting, Jersey City’s Municipal Council members approved a feasibility study of a potential income tax to fund the Jersey City Board of Education.

https://jcitytimes.com/council-approve ... ax-to-fund-citys-schools/

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We are paying for the pay raises that former Jersey Journal reporter, Terrance McDonald wrote about on May 1, 2019, "...for the last six steps, ranging from 8% to 11%."

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/05/jers ... ear-teacher-contract.html

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Has JC school enrollment gone up or down since 2020?

News report:

Enrollment in New Jersey schools drops from 2020-2021 school year by 41,000


https://rumble.com/v109u8z-enrollment- ... school-year-by-41000.html

The report mentions suburban schools. Curious if the same trend is in the urban ones as well.

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Jersey City councilman urges state to study local income tax up to 1% to help fund $1 billion school budget

Jersey City Bergen-Lafayette Councilman Frank Gilmore is urging the state to study the feasibility of creating a local income tax of up to 1% to help fund the $973.8 million Jersey City school budget.

Gilmore announced Thursday afternoon his plan to present a resolution at the April 13 city council meeting. He wants to know how much revenue could be generated by the local tax.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2022/04/jers ... illion-school-budget.html


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Politicians came to JC in the mid-1970s to ask the public to vote on the income tax. They said this tax would pay for public schools. I believed them and voted for the income tax, now I pay an income tax and a growing school tax. The politicians lied to us.

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this is ridiculous. there's a resson they'e called tax and spend democrats. and fulop is one of the spenders. maybe the state should take over jersey city's school system.


W/o getting into the political leaning (because Republicans can also get labeled in their own ways), would be more productive to discuss this in terms of the actual numbers and possible solutions.

The reality is the state is going to stop funding JC schools. The shortfall has to be made up from within the county/city.
* How much can real estate taxes be increased realistically to be similar to other parts of the state?
* There is probably a bunch of expensive homes owned by foreign nationals/entities. Could those be taxed at a higher rate?
* We do have commercial real estate - what rate does it pay?

On the cost side:
* Cost per pupil:
* Ratio of admin staff vs education staff and their salaries.

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this is ridiculous. there's a resson they'e called tax and spend democrats. and fulop is one of the spenders. maybe the state should take over jersey city's school system.

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Jersey City mayor doubles down on slamming BOE for raising school taxes

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop doubled down on his stinging criticism of the school board for increasing property owners’ school taxes by $1,600 “for a largely failing public school system.”

On March 22, a day after the $955 million school budget was approved, the administration took a shot at the “bloated salaries” of district leadership, saying district officials and the board “have not looked at any common-sense changes that have been recommended to them for years.”

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2022/03/jers ... raising-school-taxes.html


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The increase is $1600 per $500k assessed. In addition, an increase from last year of $1000 per $500k assessed will be added on top. City negated the increase last year with COVID funds but that was a one time thing. So, expect $2600 per $500k assessed value next year.

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School budget passed, over $125 per month hike on property taxes. https://www.nj.com/hudson/2022/03/jers ... ow-to-make-that-work.html

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The Jersey City Board of Education narrowly approved a $973.8 million budget on Monday that will keep school staffing and operations stable in the 2022-23 academic year and raise school taxes.

https://jcitytimes.com/board-of-educat ... dget-big-tax-hike-coming/

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Jersey City school board delays vote on $955 million budget as it looks to ease taxpayer pain

Through five hours of a special Jersey City Board of Education meeting Thursday night there were many questions, but few answers.

On a night when the nine-member panel could have approved a $955 million spending plan for the 2022-23 school year that carries a possible $2,400 tax increase, it decided to punt the question until at least Monday.

The options are trimming the budget closer to the current year’s $814 million by slashing programs and possibly jobs, or come up with revenue sources that would at least reduce the tax hike. Cutting the tax levy by $100 million would reduce the average school tax bill to $1,121, but the board had few solutions on how to raise that other $100 million.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2022/03/jers ... o-ease-taxpayer-pain.html


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The last articles written by Terrance McDonald of the Jersey Journal were the massive raises given by the school board to teachers, so essentially - they are liars. Salaries are the reason for tax increases. Taxes went up last year, but Fulop used covid funds in the budget to shelter the impact to protect his re-election. JC is accepting more affordable housing which pays nothing to the school system, I have always been against affordable housing because it puts more taxes on the small homeowner, there is nothing in the city or state charter that says, other people should pay for their taxes especially school taxes. Also, our rent control laws are not like most cities, there can be no tax pass alongs, since rent control is under the Consumer Price index, another group of residents will not feel the impact of this massive tax. It is time for JC to fix their rent control laws. It is also time for JC to sue to state since the sales tax and income tax were passed by state residents to pay for education and not have it on property.

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At last night’s virtual special meeting, Jersey City Interim Superintendent Norma Fernandez and School Business Administrator Regina Robinson presented a $955.6 million budget for the 2022-23 academic.

https://jcitytimes.com/proposed-school ... nd-portends-big-tax-hike/

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