Holy Parking Spots!

8/6/2008:

No, this isn’t Robin talking to the local Hoboken Batman, but rather an inquisitive resident that noticed that the Holy Innocents Church property has turned into a private parking lot for many cars!

What’s the deal with this? Should permits be required? Zoning board approval?

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9 Comments on "Holy Parking Spots!"


lm24kc
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lm24kc
8 years 1 month ago

Let’s not forget here that letting cars park on the grass is also an environmental issue. In some NJ cities, this is completely illegal and you can get a hefty ticket for it. Considering we have so little grass in Hoboken shouldn’t we be concerned about the oil/antifreeze residue that leaks into the ground? These substances could contaminate ground water and our rivers. I mean we aren’t even allowed to have dogs on the grass by Church Towers…but they can park their POS cars on it?

transplant
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transplant
8 years 1 month ago

Just to clarify, the parking lot is used by the Giant Steps program run by the hospital. So during the day the cars you see there belong to either employees or other personnel. On the weekends I suspect that residents of Church Towers utilize the space.

Reformerus_Gianticus
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Reformerus_Gianticus
8 years 1 month ago

Maybe no or little money exchanges hands and its just a give back to friends of the Hoboken establishment.

bmoc04
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bmoc04
8 years 1 month ago

Just to clarify, the $1,000 exemption is per year in aggregate, btw, so it wouldn’t be per parking spot or per endeavor. It’s per organization.

bmoc04
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bmoc04
8 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”97916″][quote comment=”97900″]Methinks Midnight Racer isn’t up to speed on his taxation of exempt organizations. The church would be subject to UBIT, Unrelated Business Income Tax on this income.[/quote]

Ah, but how do you get taxed on something which (perhaps) has no permit?

That’d be like taxing the mafia for whacking someone for a fee. Not as extreme, of course, but I don’t think they’re taxed. Thanks for the UBIT tidbit though. I’m wondering if the church for St Ann’s festival pays taxes on the $50k per vendor spots taken for using public streets.[/quote]
There is a $1,000 exemption on all UBIT. Unless they can figure out a way to classify the parking rental as fundraising. The church isn’t in the business of renting parking spots, but they are in the business of raising funds for general operations. So it depends on how aggressive they want to get. Or they can rent the spot for $10 a year and require a $190 donation to general funds :mrgreen:

The tax code is more flexible than you think.

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