Sources & Notes
The New Jersey Data Book uses official, verified sources of publicly available data for all charts and maps, and in its calculations for special data sets on this site and in printed editions.
The data are reviewed for accuracy prior to publication with rigorous protocols developed by the Rutgers Center for Government Services. Data are drawn from federal, state, county and local sources, as well as annual reports that include public data. If you believe you have found an error in any data sets on this site, please contact us.
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Other Resources Related to the NJ Data Book
Property Tax Determinants: New Research
In his paper, "Determinants of Property Tax Burden in New Jersey - 2008," Dr. Ernest C. Reock, Jr. offers a methodology for identifying the causes of the relative tax burden in cities and towns - causes that often reach beyond municipal and school expenditures to county and state levels of taxation and funding. He specifically looks at 2008 in comparison to 2004 to identify statewide changes, such as declining property values, which had a profound impact on property tax burdens across New Jersey.
Municipal Charter Studies
The Center for Government Services provides assistance to municipal charter study commissions, municipal officials, and citizen groups considering a change in their form of municipal government. Staff members of the Center will respond to telephone or e-mail inquiries and, within the limits of available time, will meet with local officials and organizations. For further information, call 732-932-3640, extensions 632 or 633. Documents available from the Center may be accessed below.
- Forms of Municipal Government in New Jersey (PDF)
A description of the forms available under current New Jersey law.
- Change in New Jersey Municipal Organization (PDF)
A guide to the procedures for changing the form of municipal government.
- Summary of Forms of New Jersey Municipal Government in Use as of July 1, 2011 (PDF)
- Inventory of Municipal Forms of Government in New Jersey as of July 1, 2011 (PDF)
Tables showing the form of government in use in each municipality and all municipalities using a particular form of government.
- OMCL Direct Petition Process (PDF)
A summary of the statutory requirements for a petition for change in a form of municipal government through the direct petition process under the Optional Municipal Charter Law.