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Hey all - I'm at City Council meeting right now live tweeting it. This is start of a thread. @JerseyTogether @amywilson @JCVillageMom @JosephsonJyl @leslielone22 @MeganCarolan @emilypecot @pastorlipe @kzadrogahart
Great job - real community effort including @CarleneMagurne & @amywilson helping some of our youngest take over beginning of meeting ✊️you guys rock!!!
City Council is jumping straight to Payroll Tax public comment. Lavarro asking about police presence.
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I’m at caucus meeting. This is what it looks like FYI. In the public seating (like 20-30 seats) are various interests (like me) wanting to get insight on stuff that’ll be on the agenda this Wed (incl Payroll tax) 1/n @JerseyTogether @JCVillageMom @JosephsonJyl @JCEA_jerseycity
Honestly don’t know how long I’ll be here. My kids have my phone in the hallway watching something on Netflix.
My only celebrity / stalker shot of the night. City Clerk Robert Byrne. IMO he’s great, a real professional who keeps these meetings in check & everyone running on time (to extent possible).
FWIW If @amywilson made a RB patch I’d 100% buy one, just saying
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Recently released Tax Base stats gives new insight into challenges facing @jcps_district & @JC_Gov wrt School Funding. Important for public & elected (who need public support) 2 address challenges-Similar 2 #JerseyCity's Reval, School Funding Crisis=quantifiable & foreseeable 1/n
2/Tagging Elected Upfront. Important for public to know who has agency on our behalf to oversee schools, incl $$
BOE oversees @jcps_district: @ThomasForNJ @LorenzoRichJC @MussabAliJC @MattSchapiroJC @pastorlipe @njgerald @Amy_DeGise #MarilynRoman #VidyaGangadin
3/These are people w agency to act on our behalf to oversee City/Muicipality. Any new revenue stream (eg #PayrollTax) to fund schools will be authorized by: @RLavarro @JCCALDR @Pastorjoice @DeniseRidleyJC @miramira4 #RichardBoggiano @CouncilmanYun @SolomonforJC @Jermaine4WardF
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1/A bit abt last 20 years of property taxes in #JerseyCity & how it can inform problems w school funding in 2018.
This is #JerseyCity’s 3 tax levies (Levy=amount raised by property taxes to help fund the budgets).
Red line is city tax. Green is County. Orange is @jcps_district
2/Notice how much city taxes have gone up in last 20 yrs. last 10 yrs in particular. The school tax have gone up, but at at slower clip. This slower growth results in smaller base on which to increase local revenue in ‘18
3/now let’s look at smaller suburbs nearby. Like Montclair (smallish city), & Maplewood, small town w few businesses to pay taxes. Some diversity but not as much as JC, and more homogenous wealth than JC (which has disparate wealth ie very wealthy & very poor)
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This picture tells a story, but it doesn't show the backstory.
This during the BOE meeting at Snyder HS auditorium, which I attended w another JCPS parent & also to support @Harshal623 who, along w Teacher @jnaatus, is driving a civic effort to get filtered fountains in McNair.
I signed up to speak during public comment last night. I wanted to ask a question on record about Special Education. I've been learning about the potential impacts of under-funding for those students from parents. Before publi comment began, this happened:
So when I got up to speak, I asked my planned Q, but I also asked: "You spent 30 min debating $5K, but you have a $30 million cut next spring & none of you are debating that. Why? And related Q: when will we start to see earnest dialog & details from BOE re: #PayrollTax"?
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1/If anyone is wondering why the #PayrollTax is needed in #JerseyCity to help fund @jcps_district schools, here's a thread. This is admittedly complicated & fraught w/ legacy & external issues (eg 2% cap) but ultimately public can/should engage & understand this LOCAL problem.
2/ I created a #NJ #PropertyTax dashboard to show property tax history for last 20 years in NJ. Here's the link: civicparent.org/2018/09/27/nj-…
Drill into #JerseyCity (w/in Hudson County). And you'll see tax base growth & also property tax levy growth for City, County, & BOE.
3/ Notice tax base growth of #JerseyCity from 1988 to 2017 (lower left chart). We have largest tax base in entire state in '17. On lower right, notice City property taxes (red line), which correlates somewhat w/ tax base growth (it's going up)...
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1/The #HudsonCounty freeholder meeting is packed. Many here due to controversial #ICE contract. These are your freeholders:
Jerry Walker
Albert Cifelli
Anthony Romano
Anthony Vainieri
William O’Dea
Caridad Rodriguez
Kenneth Kopacz
Joel Torres
cc @StPaulsChurchJC @MigrantCenterJC
First time at one of these meetings. Space is large, each freeholder has designated seat similar to City Council. Like city/BOE meetings they are doing student awards and such upfront before ongoing business/votes. cc @TheLocalJC @JerseyTogether @NJ08forProgress @Mahmoud4Congres
FYI there are 21 counties in NJ.
566 municipalities roll up into those counties.
Hudson County has about 15 or so towns including #JerseyCity, Bayonne, Hoboken, more.
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