City Council Meeting – 12/2/2009
First Budget introduced tonight
Watch the December 2, 2009 City Council Video Rewind and Chat after the jump!
(Hoboken City Council Meeting, 12/2/2009)
Tough times ahead?
So I threw three darts at the City Council Agenda for the meeting of Wednesday, December 2nd – and here’s what’s in store!
Oh – see the Resolution Pack here as well!
Something resembling a budget will be introduced
The fiscal year 2010 Hoboken City Budget will be introduced on Wednesday night. Without getting into too much detail here today – don’t think for a minute that this won’t go through weeks or months of amendments, revisions and debate. At this point, it’s merely a topic of discussion, and will likely be much worse than you anticipate.
We’ll see how that pans out.
Over $400k in tax appeals – tip of the iceberg?
This week’s agenda lists over $405,000 worth of property tax refunds given to residents who appealed their massive 47% tax increase.
Buzz around town is that more and more residents are learning how to get their payments reduced, and this liability to the city can easily reach millions of dollars. Not in the budget, that’s for sure!
Deed of Dedication – Maxwell Place Park
Your average resident has NO IDEA what “blocks and lots” are – and the city likes it that way. An ordinance up for first reading is: “ACCEPTING A DEED OF DEDICATION FOR BLOCK 261.05, LOT 1, BLOCK 261.06, LOT 1 AND BLOCK 261.07, LOT 2 FROM P.T. MAXWELL, LLC TO THE CITY OF HOBOKEN.”
What they’re referring to is the Hoboken City Tax Map, which isn’t publicly available online for anyone to peruse.
Like other more progressive municipalities – these types of communications should not only list blocks and lots – but physical addresses as well as visual maps that display the property in question. (Although the resolution pack goes into more detail)
In this case, the block 261 mentioned is the Maxwell Place Park (see older image below without the new parcel layers – I couldn’t find the new map myself). And in simpler terms means: “The Maxwell Place Waterfront Park was sold to the city of Hoboken for $1.00”
SEE LIVE STREAMING VIDEO AND “COUNCIL CHAT” TOMORROW EVENING!