New Jersey's 2022-23 state aid numbers will not come out until the governor's FY2023 budget speech and state aid surpluses and deficits in 2022-23 will be strongly affected by the new Education Adequacy Report, but we can get a sneak peak at some changes in NJ State Aid by analyzing changes in Equalized Valuation.
Analyzing changes in Equalized Valuation also gives us a view into the state's ever swirling economic currents and what towns are thriving, holding their own, stagnating, and declining.
Source for Data: NJ Table of Equalized Values.
New Jersey's total Equalized Valuation increased from $1,353,490,784,661 to $1,430,600,617,782, a 5.7% increase. 5.7% is larger than most recent years, but it is not much larger than inflation, which was 5.4%. (No, housing prices are NOT calculated as part of inflation.)
In contrast to previous years when Hudson County grew by more than 10% and had growth equal to 25% of the state's total, Hudson County was in last place for 2020-21. In fact, South Jersey and the Jersey Shore led the state.
Ocean County had another good year at 9.3% growth (+$2.7 billion). 30% of that growth came from Lakewood, which grew from $12 billion to $12.8 billion. (The Lakewood Public Schools continue to be ineligible for Equalization Aid, contrary to what some judges think.)
Changes in Equalized Valuation also allow us to estimate changes to each district's Local Fair Share, although since Local Fair Share is based on Aggregate Income and depends on the statewide Adequacy Budget which will surely increase as a result of the Education Adequacy Report, I can only estimate what will happen.
The 2021-22 Local Fair Share multipliers were:
Which is really 0.724% of Equalized Valuation plus 2.64% of Aggregate Income.
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