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The tax abatement is not 95% city and 5% county. That is an error, in fact, check with the law department of JC if you think I am wrong. It is 100% Jersey City with an extra 5% going to the county. The 5% was a settlement from a Secaucus lawsuit against JC. It was to be 10% but was cut to 5% due to favors due to retribution.


LoL what? People pay 105% of their abatements now?


I'm trying to figure this out- is it possible that 100% of the value of the abatements goes to the city, and then the city needs to make a separate payment, calculated as 5% of that, to the county?
It sounds weirdly convoluted to me but if it resulted from a settlement from a lawsuit... anything's possible, I guess. (And isn't that basically 95/5 when it comes right down to it? Like, 100 out of 105 is 95.2%?)

https://law.justia.com/cases/new-jerse ... rt/2003/02464-98-opn.html
From what I can make out:
- in 1987, Secaucus Township filed appeals on a bunch of abated lots owned by development companies in Newport.
- in a 1989 settlement agreement, the development companies paid Secaucus $165,000 in return for getting the appeals dismissed in tax court
- in 2003, for whatever reason Jersey City tried to get the payment back but the court upheld the settlement and said Secaucus could keep it

...so maybe it's not the city needs to make a separate 5% payment like I was speculating, but the party with the tax abatement? Or maybe just the specific party that was part of the settlement agreement in 1989 with Secaucus? Or maybe it's irrelevant because Secaucus Township and Hudson County are two different entities?

I don't know. I don't have enough caffeine in my system for this.

http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/fu ... --other-towns-may-join-in

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Just received my letter, my taxes went from $6,100.00 to $4,500.00. We Greenvillians have been overpaying for too long.

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Just received my letter, my taxes went from $6,100.00 to $4,500.00. We Greenvillians have been overpaying for too long.

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The problem, Brewster, you pretend you know everything, but you do not sit down with the people who make the budgets and create the ordinances. I have been doing this since the 1970s, I have attended more budget hearing at the county and local level than I care to admit.


Yvonne, you can put the NY Times under a bird cage for 20 years, and Polly will still not be able to give you a coherent explanation of local politics.


Brewster, your pride is wounded. So now you go into personal attacks. Stay with the subject and do you homework before you speak. I still suggest you call city hall and ask them about the 105% on tax abatements.

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The problem, Brewster, you pretend you know everything, but you do not sit down with the people who make the budgets and create the ordinances. I have been doing this since the 1970s, I have attended more budget hearing at the county and local level than I care to admit.


Yvonne, you can put the NY Times under a bird cage for 20 years, and Polly will still not be able to give you a coherent explanation of local politics.

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My take is that much of the rise in JC, especially the Heights, is fueled by demographic change not just market fluctuation.


Unfortunately, we will be fully gentrified with 2 family homes complete with butt-ugly pink faux-brick.

I have two more under construction near me.


Yeah, I wish I knew the answer to that problem. I'm not even certain if we got the R-1 changes we wish for that we wouldn't simply get taller Bayonne Boxes, since given how cheaply constructed they are the developers can probably outbid anyone else for the property.

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My take is that much of the rise in JC, especially the Heights, is fueled by demographic change not just market fluctuation.


Unfortunately, we will be fully gentrified with 2 family homes complete with butt-ugly pink faux-brick.

I have two more under construction near me.

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I've had a back and forth with the wife about cancelling further capital improvements and just selling everything, except the place we live in.

My concern that this might be the mother of all bubbles and prices like this won't be seen again. Sort of like selling Dot.Com stocks when the NASDAQ was pushing 5,000.


I hear you. Surely you wondered the same thing in 2007, right? We hung in there then. My take is that much of the rise in JC, especially the Heights, is fueled by demographic change not just market fluctuation. If we were talking about a suburb like Teaneck where the same population who were there 20 years ago are still there, yeah. But it's hard to foresee de-gentrification at this point.

I'm in this for the long term rents, that's my retirement. We'll have everything paid off before I'm 65. Those Nasdaq stocks weren't paying dividends, at least not to compare to the rents.

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MDM: the GRMs have been out of control for a while. Think about all these condos people are purchasing to rent out at purchase multiples well over 20 times yearly rents. Our 2012 Heights 4U purchase had a GRM of 7, and those rents were low.


I've had a back and forth with the wife about cancelling further capital improvements and just selling everything, except the place we live in.

My concern that this might be the mother of all bubbles and prices like this won't be seen again. Sort of like selling Dot.Com stocks when the NASDAQ was pushing 5,000.


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So I got property #3. Savings about $1,700.

So overall, I got a modest decrease. I'll take it....

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The problem, Brewster, you pretend you know everything, but you do not sit down with the people who make the budgets and create the ordinances. I have been doing this since the 1970s, I have attended more budget hearing at the county and local level than I care to admit.

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The one thing about these appraised values:

If I bought either of these two buildings at the appraised price, I would be cash flow negative. No way the rents would cover, even at lower interest rates.

Something tells me at some point in the future, we will see the mother of price deflation when it comes to real estate.


History may prove you right MDM...

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Yvonne I'm sure somebody told you some numbers, it's your ability to understand those numbers that is in doubt.

MDM: the GRMs have been out of control for a while. Think about all these condos people are purchasing to rent out at purchase multiples well over 20 times yearly rents. Our 2012 Heights 4U purchase had a GRM of 7, and those rents were low.

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The tax abatement is not 95% city and 5% county. That is an error, in fact, check with the law department of JC if you think I am wrong. It is 100% Jersey City with an extra 5% going to the county. The 5% was a settlement from a Secaucus lawsuit against JC. It was to be 10% but was cut to 5% due to favors due to retribution.


LoL what? People pay 105% of their abatements now?


Haven't you been paying attention? Yvonne is arithmetically impaired.


Just when you thought Yvonne couldn't get any kookier... This reminds me of the time someone tried to argue with me that 25% was not the same as dividing by four. Some people just don't understand numbers.


Brewster, do yourself a favor and call the legal department and speak to someone on JC tax abatements, if that is too complicated, then ask the city clerk for a copy of the ordinance that was passed probably around the year 2000, which fixed the tax abatement agreements. I know you think you are smart but smart people research the facts, they don't mouth off on things they are clueless to. I stand by what I say because I personally talked to the former mayor of Secaucus when this came up. He actually asked me for a copy of JC tax abatements at a freeholder meeting when he came to blast the freeholders on Secaucus county increase. Secaucus used on the tax abatement agreement JC had with Tropicana in Greenville. Secaucus has similar types of operations that receive no tax abatements.

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The one thing about these appraised values:

If I bought either of these two buildings at the appraised price, I would be cash flow negative. No way the rents would cover, even at lower interest rates.

Something tells me at some point in the future, we will see the mother of price deflation when it comes to real estate.

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I got my Palisade letter too: a $2k increase from $8k. What's fishy is I successfully appealed this property in 2015. If it was correctly assessed then, then they're saying it's gone up 20% faster than the city as a whole in just those 3 years? Seems very unlikely, but I'm sure they'll just say: show us the comps" rather than have to justify their timeline.

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My Palisade ave property came in. About $1,475 increase. So that pretty much cancels out the decrees on my other property. I expected to get a much bigger increase though, since I was under-assessed.


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The tax abatement is not 95% city and 5% county. That is an error, in fact, check with the law department of JC if you think I am wrong. It is 100% Jersey City with an extra 5% going to the county. The 5% was a settlement from a Secaucus lawsuit against JC. It was to be 10% but was cut to 5% due to favors due to retribution.


LoL what? People pay 105% of their abatements now?


Haven't you been paying attention? Yvonne is arithmetically impaired.


Just when you thought Yvonne couldn't get any kookier... This reminds me of the time someone tried to argue with me that 25% was not the same as dividing by four. Some people just don't understand numbers.


And she was a (math) teacher? Scary thought. I put this on par with the guy that wanted double decker PATH trains (with really LOW wheels or something for the tunnel clearance haha).




That guy *still* will not accept that it is not possible to cram a double decker into the PATH tubes. He keeps arguing that it could be done. At one point, he tried to argue they could make the levels in each train very short and people would just have to hunch over... ha ha ha!

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The tax abatement is not 95% city and 5% county. That is an error, in fact, check with the law department of JC if you think I am wrong. It is 100% Jersey City with an extra 5% going to the county. The 5% was a settlement from a Secaucus lawsuit against JC. It was to be 10% but was cut to 5% due to favors due to retribution.


LoL what? People pay 105% of their abatements now?


Haven't you been paying attention? Yvonne is arithmetically impaired.


Just when you thought Yvonne couldn't get any kookier... This reminds me of the time someone tried to argue with me that 25% was not the same as dividing by four. Some people just don't understand numbers.


And she was a (math) teacher? Scary thought. I put this on par with the guy that wanted double decker PATH trains (with really LOW wheels or something for the tunnel clearance haha).


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The tax abatement is not 95% city and 5% county. That is an error, in fact, check with the law department of JC if you think I am wrong. It is 100% Jersey City with an extra 5% going to the county. The 5% was a settlement from a Secaucus lawsuit against JC. It was to be 10% but was cut to 5% due to favors due to retribution.


LoL what? People pay 105% of their abatements now?


Haven't you been paying attention? Yvonne is arithmetically impaired.


Just when you thought Yvonne couldn't get any kookier... This reminds me of the time someone tried to argue with me that 25% was not the same as dividing by four. Some people just don't understand numbers.

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The tax abatement is not 95% city and 5% county. That is an error, in fact, check with the law department of JC if you think I am wrong. It is 100% Jersey City with an extra 5% going to the county. The 5% was a settlement from a Secaucus lawsuit against JC. It was to be 10% but was cut to 5% due to favors due to retribution.


LoL what? People pay 105% of their abatements now?


Haven't you been paying attention? Yvonne is arithmetically impaired.

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The tax abatement is not 95% city and 5% county. That is an error, in fact, check with the law department of JC if you think I am wrong. It is 100% Jersey City with an extra 5% going to the county. The 5% was a settlement from a Secaucus lawsuit against JC. It was to be 10% but was cut to 5% due to favors due to retribution.


LoL what? People pay 105% of their abatements now?

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Are you saying the lot has a separate deed? My place near the rail got a nice 20% reduction when I appealed a few years ago, I'm curious to see what they cook up to raise it. Theoretically it should still be just right.


I haven't looked at the deed since I bought the place nearly 20 years ago. I think it is all on one deed. However, the empty lot is listed on a separate block and lot number.

It created some confusion years back when the bank who held the mortgage failed to pay the taxes on the parking lot.

Appeal is not an option. I know for a fact I am under-assessed. After renovating the place 20 years ago, for some reason, i never got re-assessed (lucky me).

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The tax abatement is not 95% city and 5% county. That is an error, in fact, check with the law department of JC if you think I am wrong. It is 100% Jersey City with an extra 5% going to the county. The 5% was a settlement from a Secaucus lawsuit against JC. It was to be 10% but was cut to 5% due to favors due to retribution.

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I got a 13.6% reduction on my one Heights property. The building in question has a non-build lot attached to it currently used as tenant parking. Unfortunately, it isn't listed on the appraisal list. So I may get hosed a bit based on what I am reading on the increasing value of land.

My one property near North st. though I am sure will get a hefty increase. Too many giant homes renovated after the light rail went into operation.


Are you saying the lot has a separate deed? My place near the rail got a nice 20% reduction when I appealed a few years ago, I'm curious to see what they cook up to raise it. Theoretically it should still be just right.

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I got mine in the Heights, up 10% but they've made a nearly 20% error in estimating the habitable square footage. I guess I'll be talking to them. Also weirdly, on the card they list the property with a 25-foot frontage but on the current tax records that's clearly a 20-foot. How do you screw that up?


I got a 13.6% reduction on my one Heights property. The building in question has a non-build lot attached to it currently used as tenant parking. Unfortunately, it isn't listed on the appraisal list. So I may get hosed a bit based on what I am reading on the increasing value of land.

My one property near North st. though I am sure will get a hefty increase. Too many giant homes renovated after the light rail went into operation.

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I got mine in the Heights, up 10% but they've made a nearly 20% error in estimating the habitable square footage. I guess I'll be talking to them. Also weirdly, on the card they list the property with a 25-foot frontage but on the current tax records that's clearly a 20-foot. How do you screw that up?

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