Mason urges council to vote “no”

3/17/2010:

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.”

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7 Comments on "Mason urges council to vote “no”"

TJD
Member

I thought the state fiscal monitor is the one dictating the budget and the council is just a rubber stamp. Do Zimmer or Mason really have any say on the budget?

upyurs
Member
upyurs

WE WERE LIED TO. WHERE IS OUR 25% TAX DECREASE?

mookie
Member
mookie

Who called this months ago? This guy!

Buy some KY, bend over and watch real estate values drop more….

And you all thought you were getting a 25% tax cut – hilarious.

Better start marching in the streets like the Greeks or it is only gonna get worse.

chacha17
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chacha17

IF (and that is a big IF) Mason has a better plan to bring about tax cuts why hasn’t that plan surfaced? I really don’t remember what her campaign-time tax cut plan was (they all had one) but instead just saying vote NO why not come to the table with an alternative?!?!?! I applaud her for standing up (like she always does) but follow it up!

Watchmaker
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Watchmaker

I can think of at least two reasons why Mason should not reveal any plan to anyone:

1. Her plan would definitely beat Dawn’s non-existent one,

2. Dawn would take credit for Mason’s plan and try to implement it herself while

3. Dawn’s attack dogs would attack Mason as being too negative, like when Mason sued the city over the hospital documents and Tony Soares blamed her for wasting the taxpayer money (how’s that hospital deal working out for you Tony boy).

I don’t particularly like Mason, but at least she didn’t lie: it pisses me off to think how many people voted for Zimmer solely because of the promised 25% tax cut. Right now Mason seems both more competent and more ethical than Zimmer, they are not even comparable.

In response to chacha17 who said:
IF (and that is a big IF) Mason has a better plan to bring about tax cuts why hasn’t that plan surfaced? I really don’t remember what her campaign-time tax cut plan was (they all had one) but instead just saying vote NO why not come to the table with an alternative?!?!?! I applaud her for standing up (like she always does) but follow it up!

animal_lover
Member
animal_lover

You have to take a look at the segment of the Council meeting where Cunningham badgers Mason over why she had not offered an alternative or whether she had made recomendations. I liked Mason’s response, that it was the Mayor’s responsibility to see that the proper budget was assembled with the goals she set forth.

In response to Watchmaker who said:
I can think of at least two reasons why Mason should not reveal any plan to anyone:

1. Her plan would definitely beat Dawn’s non-existent one,

2. Dawn would take credit for Mason’s plan and try to implement it herself while

3. Dawn’s attack dogs would attack Mason as being too negative, like when Mason sued the city over the hospital documents and Tony Soares blamed her for wasting the taxpayer money (how’s that hospital deal working out for you Tony boy).

I don’t particularly like Mason, but at least she didn’t lie: it pisses me off to think how many people voted for Zimmer solely because of the promised 25% tax cut. Right now Mason seems both more competent and more ethical than Zimmer, they are not even comparable.

oceanbloo
Member
oceanbloo
I agree with Mason that Zimmer should explain the plan to council. I agree with Watchmaker that Mason seems more competent than Zimmer. But in my mind, she has ALWAYS seemed more competent than Zimmer (except during her own mayoral campaign). Mason’s problem is that she aligned herself with some shady characters and at the end of the day voted on something I completely disagreed with. Anyway, Watchmaker, how can you say that Mason’s plan would beat Zimmer’s non-existent one? At this point, Mason’s plan is even more nebulous than Zimmer’s ever was. There are so few details that there might not even BE a plan. That puts her behind Zimmer in my view. While Zimmer may have failed to implement her plan, at least she had something. Mason has nothing but criticism. She’s right – but just pointing the finger is really starting to get old. In response to Watchmaker who said: I can think of at least two reasons why Mason should not reveal any plan to anyone: 1. Her plan would definitely beat Dawn’s non-existent one, 2. Dawn would take credit for Mason’s plan and try to implement it herself while 3. Dawn’s attack dogs would attack Mason as being too negative, like when Mason sued the city over the hospital documents and Tony Soares blamed her for wasting the taxpayer money (how’s that hospital deal working out for you Tony boy). I don’t particularly like Mason, but at least she didn’t lie: it pisses me off… Read more »
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