January 9, 2017 | Number of The Day

Sometimes it seems as if everyone in New Jersey has something to say about high property taxes, but no one knows what to do about them. Courage to Connect NJ (CtoCNJ) wants to set that situation right: It’s offering five grants of $1,000 each for out-of-the-box ideas about how to take a bite out of property taxes. Appropriately enough, the deadline to apply for a grant is April 15, 2017.

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to educate the public about ways to create more effective and efficient local government, Courage to Connect NJ, which was founded in 2009, supports fire districts, school districts, and county and municipal governments to find more efficient ways to deliver services to residents.

CtoCNJ’s founding Executive Director Gina Genovese said that she was inspired to go forward with this effort in response to dozens of comments reported to her organization in the past year that convey desperation about property taxes.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply for a grant.