2008 Dec 9th
By Lori Turoff –
I just got an email from a neighbor asking Hoboken residents to join a Hoboken Tax Revolt. They’ve put together a website: www.HobokenRevolt.com
Here is what the email says:
We’ve had enough.A 47% increase in our taxes is unacceptable.It’s time the taxpayers of Hoboken were heard.Stand up and become a part of a better Hoboken.One with accountability, transparency and responsibility.The larger the group, the louder the voice.Join us in protest on December 17 at City Hall.6:00 pm ~ Protest Rally6:30 pm ~ Press Conference7:00 pm ~ City Council MeetingLet’s cut spending. Not ribbons.To learn more, or become part of Hoboken Revolt log ontoThe MISSION of HOBOKEN REVOLT, a community-based group,is to ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability in Hoboken governmentand the fair allocation of property taxes among all Hoboken property owners.1) HR seeks immediate measures to reduce out-of-control municipal spendingwhich has resulted in the mushrooming of the city budget from $53 million to$120 million over the course of seven years and imposed an unacceptable burden on the taxpayers.2) HR advocates deep cuts in expenditures for all non-essential services,based on an expedited, comprehensive and open review of the current budgetproposal and of the City’s existing legal obligations.3) HR advocates a zero-based, austerity FY ’10 budget with transparencyand accountability in the budgeting process.4) HR expects the Mayor and each member of the City Council to makecooperation in achieving the aforementioned cuts in spending their toppriority. The Mayor and each member of the Council must be accountableto the public for their individual roles in the process.5) HR seeks a moratorium on any new PILOTs, abatements or other actionswhich allow property owners to pay less than their fair share of municipal taxes.HR also calls for renegotiation of any existing PILOTs and abatements, where permitted by law.6) HR asks the State Fiscal Monitor to address the property tax consequencesif the city-owned hospital fails, since the city has guaranteed over $40 million in hospital bonds.HR endorses prompt city action to revert the hospital from municipal ownership to a not-for-profit entity.7) HR supports taxpayer activism in the form of collective advocacy and protest,and large-scale individual challenges to property valuation in furtherance of HR’s goals.8) HR seeks to ensure that the City of Hoboken immediately meet its legal obligationto undertake a comprehensive property revaluation conducted by a third party independentgroup selected by the State. The revaluation process and schedule should be set forth in writing,open for public comment, and be transparent at all times through its implementation.9) HR expects the Mayor and each member of the City Council to publicly state theirrespective positions on the proposed revaluation and immediately appropriate thenecessary funding for its implementation.10) HR calls for an independent review by the State of the City’s failureto implement a timely Hoboken revaluation.©2008 Hoboken Revolt. Hoboken Tax Reform Coalition is a community based group with absolutely no affiliations to any political organization or individual.
These are their words, not mine. Worth some thought, especially if you are or about to become a property owner in Hoboken, no?