Another Rally set for City Hall
Somehow, less residents showed up for the second rally at city hall. Perhaps it was the weather. A cardboard cutout of Mayor Roberts covered with tar and feathers was on display.
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Attempt to “Force Change in Hoboken Government”
Citizens Groups Threaten Recall
A group of angry Hoboken citizens (aka Hoboken Revolt, Lower Hoboken Taxes, Hoboken Tax Reform Coalition, et. al.) is set to stage a rally in front of City Hall this Wednesday, March 4, 2009, starting at 6:30 PM.
According to a press release:
“Dissatisfied with the lack of action taken by the mayor and city council to reduce the city’s property tax burden, they hope to force change through the public gathering. Called the Force Change Rally, hundreds are expected to gather in front of City Hall to express their anger at the 47% property tax hike recently slapped on citizens and just as important, the council’s inaction in reigning in spending.
They will be presenting a list of demands at the rally, imploring the council to take steps to drive a significant reduction in property taxes without compromising the safety and soundness of the city, and are looking into the recall process to oust elected officials who do not meet demands to reign in spending.
The rally also includes speakers representing a broad spectrum of citizens from across the city, both long-time residents and newcomers, who will share their thoughts on the burden brought on by the exorbitant tax increase, the lack of action to aid citizens and the general mismanagement of city dollars. Residents have seen the municipal portion of their tax levy go from $34M in fiscal year 2008 to $62M in 2009. Further outrage is directed at the improper granting of early retirement incentives to city employees that recently resulted in an additional $4.2M expense for the city.”