“Real Results” Opposes Bloated Budget
8 Days Left
Believe it or not – the Board of Education election is just a week and a day away. This year’s very crowded race is no where near as cut-and-dry as last year’s three on three battle. It was easy for people to choose “sides” last year. This year’s 12-candidate field is much more complicated, and it’s anybody’s guess who will come out on top. More on how the race is shaping up to come later. In the meantime, here’s a press release from the “Real Results” slate of candidates who claim the “Kids First” team has not lived up to their campaign promises.
Real Results: Hoboken Taxpayers Deserve a Break
“When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, April 20, the Real Results team urges them to vote NO on the school budget and yes for Kathleen Tucker (Line 5A), Perry Lin (7A), Liz Markevitch (10A) and John Forsman (2B). “There is a clear difference between Real Results and Kids First,” says Lin. “We think the Hoboken taxpayers deserve a break, and Kids First doesn’t.”
By passing a $57.9 million budget, the board voted against cutting school taxes for Hoboken residents for the year beginning July 1, despite a clear promise by the Kids First ticket a year ago that taxes would be cut. In fact, taxes may go up: The school tax rate has not yet been set, pending the outcome of the numerous tax appeals that have been filed. “After the city’s 47% overall tax hike a year ago, homeowners are going to be very disappointed that they’re not getting at least a cut in school taxes this year,” says Markevitch.
Yes, the board did lose $2.4 million in state aid. But Hoboken’s school budget is so bloated that the board filled most of the gap with just attrition and retirements. In fact, more than $900,000 of the lost state aid was offset with one-shot revenues, including a dubious sale and leaseback of the textbooks that the district already owns. This pawning of our textbooks is eerily reminiscent of the financial gimmicks former Mayor Dave Roberts used to balance the city budget before it blew up, especially the ill-fated leaseback deal for the Observer Highway municipal garage.
Tucker, Lin, Markevitch and Forsman believe that if the board had really focused on the fat in the budget, it would have been easy for Kids First to keep its tax-cut promise. But where was the hard look at where the money goes? Real Results isn’t alone in thinking that the board could have gone further. At the March 30 budget hearing, School Business Administrator Robert Davis said, “Can further cuts be made? Absolutely! Without question! You can always cut more in a budget.” Davis said he could cut “$1.5 million in 5 minutes; it’s not hard to do.”
Read this long, heavy-on-detail press release in it’s entirety here.
Real Results is also the subject of a disgusting attack by Zoning Board member Nancy Pincus, who is the official Graphic Designer for the Kids First team. Pincus placed members of the Real Results slate, as well as sitting board member Maureen Sullivan in a graphic of a punch bowl filled with human excrement. Kids First candidates have yet to distance themselves from the scatological smear.
Hoboken411 considers all candidate releases for potential publication, but so far only “Real Results” has taken the opportunity. Submissions will be accepted this week from any candidate/slate that wishes to engage with Hoboken’s largest readership.
If you’re interested in the future of Hoboken, and the quality of our educational system – you might want to swing by the Melting Pot (1st and Sinatra) tonight at 7pm – to meet four candidates running for the Hoboken school board on April 20th. You can pick their brains to see what their plans are if elected.
Real Results Cocktail Hour Meet and Greet
The “Real Results” slate of reform-minded, fiscally conservative candidates for school board–Kathleen Tucker, Perry Lin, Liz Markevitch and John Forsman–will host a “meet the candidate” party tonight at 7:00 PM. Tonight’s event, located at the Melting Pot on 100 Sinatra Drive, will feature drink specials and complimentary fondue.
- WHAT: Meet the “Real Results” candidates for Hoboken school board
- WHEN: Thursday, March 25, 2010, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- WHERE: The Melting Pot (100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ)
- ADMISSION: Free.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting with more voters tonight, and hearing their specific concerns,” said candidate Kathleen Tucker.
Kathleen’s older brother, Father James Tucker, is a Roman Catholic priest. He will attend to offer his prayers for the candidates and the community as a whole.
“Real Results” Unveils Campaign Site, Plans Launch Party
The “Real Results” slate of reform-minded, fiscally frugal candidates for school board— Kathleen Tucker, Perry Lin, Liz Markevitch, and John Forsman— launched their campaign website this week, www.realresults2010.com.
In addition to candidate profiles and campaign press releases, the site outlines the “Real Results” platform on three crucial issues facing the board:
The “Real Results” site also features a prominent “action center,” where supporters can donate, volunteer, or signup for the campaign’s e-newsletter.
Following the launch of their campaign online, the “Real Results” team has announced plans for a traditional campaign “launch party,” scheduled for Sunday, March 21, from 1 PM – 4 PM. On the second floor of Wild Ginger Restaurant (518 Washington Street), voters can meet the candidates, and discuss issues of concern. The event will be kid-friendly, with light refreshments and soft-serve provided.
“I’m very much looking forward to meeting with voters, and hearing their specific concerns,” said Liz Markevitch, the veteran community activist leading the “Real Results” slate.
“I look forward to sharing my vision of a higher quality education, at a lower cost to the city’s taxpayers,” added “Real Results” candidate Perry Lin.