Mason urges council to vote “no”
2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason sent this press release yesterday.
Mason: Zimmer Budget Includes 8% Tax Hike
Council Should Vote to Reject It
Councilwoman Beth Mason is urging her council colleagues to vote against Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s budget proposal, which includes an 8% increase in municipal taxes. Mason is also calling on Zimmer to attend Wednesday night’s council meeting and explain the budget and tax increase to the council and residents.
“This budget is a far cry from the 25% tax decrease that Mayor Zimmer promised,” said Mason. “In fact, it represents more of the crippling tax burdens that have been leveled at Hoboken taxpayers over the past few years, and a clear indication that City Hall is continuing the failed policies of the past.”
Line item six of the SFY 2010 budget, which was published in the Jersey Journal today, lists the amount to be raised by municipal taxes as $60.1 million, up from $55.6 million last year. This 8% increase comes on top of the enormous tax increases Hoboken residents have been confronted with over the past two years. Meanwhile, the budget is dramatically late – the 2010 fiscal year began nine months ago, and the budget has still not been fully introduced or explained by Mayor Zimmer.
“Mayor Zimmer has been silent on the budget and the many other troubling issues affecting our city for too long,” said Mason. “I hope she has the courage to attend tomorrow’s meeting and take personal responsibility for this tax increase.”