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Archive for December, 2007

2007 Year in Review

Friday, December 28th, 2007

53.3 percent of revenues for public schools are raised locally in New Jersey, compared to a national average of 43.9 percent. As a result, New Jersey has the nation’s highest median property-tax bill—$5,352, according to 2005 Census Bureau data. This in turn encourages municipalities to favor retail and office development while […]

A Fresh Look at Affordable Housing

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

30 percent – The maximum percentage of gross income a household should pay to cover its housing costs and still generally be considered living in an affordable housing situation.
1.27 million – The number of households in New Jersey that pay more than this amount for their housing costs. This is 41 […]

Brownfields: Urban Blight or Redevelopment Opportunity?

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Former industrial sites, known as brownfields, are a prominent feature of New Jersey’s urban landscape. More than 10,000 brownfields have been identified in the state.
The Department of Environmental Protection has designated 18 Brownfields Development Areas around the state. Through the program, the department works with local governments and stakeholders […]

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