Comparing Town Budgets 

Montclair, Bloomfield and Jersey City

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This chart compares three municipalities in New Jersey by information in their 2017 local budgets.

See sub-navigation menu on the left to dig deeper into Montclair and Essex County Appropriations.

 

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montclair

Population* 38,202

Housing Units** 15,911

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bloomfield

Population 48,276

Housing Units 19,470

jersey city

Population 264,290

Housing Units 108,720


$504,500

Average Residential Value

$270,679

$93,500


Tax of Average Residential Property

$18,334

$10,984

$7,199


Taxes for Library

$2,273,956

(avg. residence $202)

$1,428,854

(avg. residence $95)

$7,220,380

(avg. residence $111)


Taxes for School District

$117,304,698

(avg. residence $10,347)

$72,307,608

(avg. residence $4,834)

$120,985,223

(avg. residence $1,856)


$52,801,180

$58,582,957

$223,276,028


$34,378,737

$21,719,000

$115,491,912


Total Town Revenues

$86,097,378

$88,405,427

$601,206,538


NJ State Aid Received

$2,967,066

$6,375,132

$69,465,660


Total Residential Property Value

$4,895,004,400

$3,154,490,600

$3,340,855,884


Total Tax-Exempt Property Value (public property, charities, churches, cemeteries)

$699,897,000

$476,724,900

$4,612,800,400


Municipal Personnel Costs

$52,689,727

$46,477,524

$337,151,592


The above budget information is based on publicly available 2017 budget forms.

Find the "User Friendly Budgets" here:

Montclair

Bloomfield

Jersey City

 

*Population data is based on US Census 2015 estimates.

**Housing unit data is based on the US 2010 Census.



Montclair Township 2017 Appropriations 

What does Montclair spend on?

 

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The average residence in Montclair pays $18,334 in property taxes. About half goes to the School District. See where else it goes. 

Also see Essex County Appropriations here.


Total Appropriations $85,808,016

Category

category total

itemized


General Government

$2,688,502

Mayor and Council

  • Salaries & Wages $61,285

  • Other $25,800

Township Manager

  • Salaries & Wages $596,421

  • Other $345,372

Township Clerk

  • Salaries & Wages $265,186

  • Other $40,350

Election Expenses

  • Salaries & Wages $3,712

  • Other $16,950

Township Attorney

  • Salaries & Wages $289,674

  • Other $226,500

Municipal Court

  • Salaries & Wages $692,253

  • Other $70,000

Postage $55,000


Finance Department

$1,394,390

Financial Administration

  • Salaries & Wages $71,752

  • Other $169,838

Accounting and Treasury

  • Salaries & Wages $236,637

  • Other 20,000

Tax Assessor

  • Salaries & Wages $359,501

  • Other $128,600

Tax Collection

  • Salaries & Wages $324,712

  • Other 28,350

Auditing $55,000


Planning and Community Development

$460,229

Planning Administration

  • Salaries & Wages $312,379

  • Other $90,100

Planning Board $44,400

Board of Adjustment $13,350


Department of Administration and Code Enforcement

$549,290

Salaries & Wages $408,340

Other $140,950


Police Department

$15,216,167

Salaries & Wages 14,405,167

Alarm Tracking and Billing Services $61,000

Other $750,000


Fire Department

$10,514,732

Salaries & Wages $10,164,732

Other $350,000


Uniform Fire Safety Act

$60,630

Salaries & Wages $60,639


Community Services Department

$5,124,531

Community Services Administration

  • Salaries & Wages $731,213

  • Other $29,150

Engineering

  • Salaries & Wages $146,496
  • Other $5,900

Street Repair and Maintenance

  • Salaries & Wages $368,534

  • Other $43,150

Storm Sewers Repairs and Maintenance

  • Salaries & Wages $244,763

  • Other $14,950

Refuse Collection and Disposal

  • Salaries & Wages $1,189,510

  • Other $22,000

Storm Clearance

  • Salaries & Wages $131,793

  • Other $540,000

Traffic

  • Salaries & Wages $179,520

  • Other $13,000

Central Garage Operations

  • Salaries & Wages $290,700

  • Other $304,600

Building Maintenance

  • Salaries & Wages $57,120

  • Other $90,000

Parks Maintenance

  • Salaries & Wages $355,407

  • Other $160,500

Shade Trees

  • Salaries & Wages $212,159

  • Other $157,300

Recreation and Cultural Affairs

$661,200

Salaries & Wages $584,800

Other $76,400


Health and Human Services

$1,568,954

Health Services

  • Salaries & Wages $756,401

  • Health Other $52,500

  • Senior Services $199,800

Nursing Services

  • Salaries & Wages $19,259

Animal Control

  • Salaries & Wages $223,429

  • Other $137,565

Miscellaneous and Other

$11,598,453

Unemployment Compensation Insurance $150,000

Refuse Tipping Fees (Dump Fees) $1,150,000

Mandatory Recycling Act $1,200,000

Montclair Early Childhood Corporation $278,000

AIM $17,500

M.E.S.H. $35,000

Liability Insurance $1,904,186

Employee Group Insurance $6,603,767

Health Benefit Waiver $260,000


Special Programs and Activities

$147,250

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs $147,250


Uniform Construction Code

$824,271

Salaries & Wages $703,271

Other $121,000


Unclassified

$1,739,378

Utilities:

  • Gasoline $200,000

  • Fuel $125,000

  • Electricity $425,000

  • Telephone $300,000

  • Natural Gas $130,000

  • Street Lighting $450,000

Accumulated Absences $100,000

Interlocal Animal Control Services - Nutley $9,378


Deferred Charges

$35,218

Overexpenditure of Trust Revenue $35,218


$8,042,991

Statutory Expenditures

Contribution to:

  • Public Employees Retirement System $1,241,695

  • Social Security System (OASI) $1,264,782

  • Consolidated Police and Fire Pension $5,493,804

  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan $25,000

Library Maintenance

$3,418,093

Library Maintenance $3,418,093


Interlocal Municipal Service Agreements

$885,222

Glen Ridge Fire Contract $625,000

Interlocal Government Health Service Contract $179,280

Interlocal Animal Control Services - Nutley $29,616

Interlocal Nursing Services - Nutley $27,866

Interlocal Animal Control Services - Verona $23,460


Public and Private Programs Offset by Revenues

$261,066

Shop-Rite Senior Shuttle Grant $423

Eat Healthy Grant $10,000

Bullet Proof Vest $13,888

Municipal Alliance Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse $48,941

Matching Funds MCIA $12,235

Comcast Grant $5,000

Hazardous Discharge Match $15,000

Bulletproof Vest Program $9,081

Local Food Promotion Grant $5,774

Seniors in Transit $9,900

Safe & Secure Communities Grant $60,000

NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative Grant $1,500

Lifelong Montclair - Marketing Intern Grant $5,000

Mayor’s Wellness Campaign $5,000

2014 Recycling Tonnage Grant 30,904

2016 Drive Sober Get Pulled Over Year End $5,000

Partners in Health - Visiting Nurse 2016 $10,920

PFH Lock Box Grant $10,000

Maddie’s Fund Grant - Dog $1,500

Maddie’s Fund Grant - Cat $1,000


Capital Improvements

$300,000

Capital Improvement Fund $300,000


Municipal Debt Service

$8,700,467

Bond Principal $4,955,000

Bond Anticipation Notes and Capital Notes $1,179,000

Interest on Bonds $1,800,000

Interest on Notes $526,000

Loan Repayments - Downtown Business Improvement District $32,667

Capital Lease on Fire Ladder Truck $101,800

Loan Repayments for Principal and Interest $45,000

Environmental Trust Principal $49,000

Environmental Trust Interest $12,000


Deferred Charges

$251,858

Special Emergency Authorizations - 5 Years $200,000

Payment of Unfunded Deferred Charges $51,858


For Local School District Purposes

$8,130,920

School District Debt Service $8,130,920


Reserve For Uncollected Taxes

$3,130,695

Reserve for Uncollected Taxes $3,130,695


See Montclair 2017 User Friendly Budget here.


Essex County 2016 Appropriations 

What does Essex County spend on?

 

 

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In New Jersey, the county is the second tier of government, just under the state. Because Montclair is a part of Essex County, Montclair residential property taxes go in part to Essex County. 

This list shows how Essex County spends its money.

Also compare to local level budgeting. See Montclair Township Appropriations here.


Total Appropriations: $769,140,000

Category

category total

examples


General Government

$37,921,171

  • County Clerk

  • Board of Elections

  • County Surrogate

  • Central Kitchen

Land Use Administration

$311,816

  • Division of Planning

Insurance

$77,275,929

  • Group Insurance for Employees

  • Worker’s Compensation

  • Liability Insurance

  • Unemployment Compensation Insurance

Public Safety Functions

$210,512,391

  • Prosecutor

  • Division of Correctional Services

  • Division of Medical Examiner

  • County Sheriff

  • Division of Youth Services

Public Works Functions

$18,363,921

  • Division of Buildings and Grounds

  • Division of Fleet Management

  • Division of Roads and Bridges

Health and Human Services

$192,976,131


Parks and Recreation Functions

$14,747,954

  • Division of Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs

  • Maintenance of Parks

Education Functions

$17,051,794

  • Office of the Superintendent of Schools

  • Vocational Schools

  • County College

Other Operative Functions

$2,794,311

  • Funds for Architects, Engineers and Prof. Services

  • School Board Elections

  • Misc. Bills from Prior Years

Utility Expenses and Bulk Purchases

$19,354,500

Utility Expenses and Bulk Purchases


Landfill/Solid Waste Disposal

$102,000

Landfill/Solid Waste Disposal



Capital Improvements

$900,000

  • Capital Improvement Fund

  • Parks and Recreation Capital

County Debt Service

$105,878,138


Deferred Charges

$908,113

  • Emergency Authorizations

  • Unfunded Improvement Costs

$51,834,459

Statutory Expenditures

  • County Employees’ Retirement Systems


Judgments

$100,000

Judgements


See Essex County 2016 Budget here.