Erect giant billboards instead of firing cops!

7/30/2010:

A better way to help taxpayers: bring more money in!

Hoboken is considered one of the largest transportation hubs in the State of New Jersey.

Millions of commuters pass through the mile square city each year. And despite the flailing economy, Hoboken is still a viable destination for many NYC tri-state area residents and visitors – patronizing our bars, restaurants, the Cake Boss and the Waterfront.

Because residents were “up in arms” over the relatively recent increase in tax rates that were kept artificially low for years – the city is desperately scrambling to appease them. And one such way was to layoff many police officers and city workers (to save a few hundred bucks a year for each taxpayer).

However, instead of depleting the most important city service (HPD), perhaps Hoboken should take a cue from Miami, Florida: Install giant billboards!

Some cities think outside the box…

The Miami City Commissioners recently approved a zoning ordinance that would allow two 500-foot tall advertising billboards to be installed downtown – despite strong opposition from residents. Even better – these billboards also come with massive parking garages! (hello? win-win situation?)

It’s reported that the billboards would net the City of Miami some $2 Million dollars or more in annual revenue. Very much in line with what Hoboken expects (or hopes) to save by reducing the number of cops.

We could install one by Lackawanna Plaza, and the other uptown near the two overpasses bordering Weehawken (that Lincoln Tunnel Viaduct is PACKED!) I’m sure with the population density of Hoboken and NYC – we could command a much higher rate – perhaps even double.

If this was ever brought forward, the “Quality of Life” advocates would be out en masse – claiming it “clutters the view” or “cheapens the city.”

But the question is – what would you rather have:

A few billboards and more cops? Or less police protection and your precious view?

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21 Comments on "Erect giant billboards instead of firing cops!"

truth1
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truth1

Re: Post 20 – Thanks DAG – Admin. & City Council should research this! 😛

truth1
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truth1

Increased revenues is one way to stabilize finances: however, the devil is always in the details. This suggestion should be explored. By the way, should these signs be used for political purposes? I think not! 😛

blahblahblah
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As someone stated, how will they spin this…. I’ve been saying it all along… there isn’t much difference in the private vs. public battle of jobs…. except when those bonuses are handed out like jelly beans. Actually the article states fact that public pay more for health care and they’re retirements. Read the Full Report. A report released today challenges the perception that New Jersey public workers are better paid than their private sector counterparts. Taking into account hours worked, wages and benefits, Professor Jeffrey H. Keefe of the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations found that total compensation for private and public sector workers in the Garden State is about equal. “New Jersey public employees, both state and local government employees, are not overpaid, but neither are they under compensated,” wrote Keefe in the report for the Economic Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. New Jersey’s public sector workers, both for state and local governments, make an average of $56,694 annually, while private sector workers make $61,252. But public employees receive more generous health care and retirement benefits and work fewer hours, which roughly evens out their total compensation, according to the report. Public employers pay 11.4 percent of compensation in health insurance costs compared to 7.4 percent for private employers. Public employers also pay more than twice as much in retirement benefits – 8.1 percent of their compensation compared to 3.7 percent for private companies. Public workers without much education fare much… Read more »
HobokenLifer
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HobokenLifer

I think the police unions should put up advertising billboards alerting the public of some realities that Dawn is lying about. Bike Lanes, Corner Cars, and 18 less cops on the street does not make for a safer community. In fact its decisions like that which will lower property values which will dwarf the pennies savings that the layoffs of police will bring. I agree with madhatter, there alot more ideas out there to cutting the budget than cutting police protection. Some things like not having THREE redevelopement legal contracts. Some things like not giving raises to employees who are city employees for less than 9 months. Some things like telling her councilman Lenz to take his health benefits from the county job. The same county which has added 19 million dollars to Hoboken’s tax requirement over the last 3 years instead of Lenz taking his benefits from Hoboken’s taxpayers. These are just a few.

BigTime
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BigTime

YOU ARE SO RIGHT. Lenz is dogmeat and Zimmer is lying.[quote comment=”195286″]I think the police unions should put up advertising billboards alerting the public of some realities that Dawn is lying about. Bike Lanes, Corner Cars, and 18 less cops on the street does not make for a safer community. In fact its decisions like that which will lower property values which will dwarf the pennies savings that the layoffs of police will bring. I agree with madhatter, there alot more ideas out there to cutting the budget than cutting police protection. Some things like not having THREE redevelopement legal contracts. Some things like not giving raises to employees who are city employees for less than 9 months. Some things like telling her councilman Lenz to take his health benefits from the county job. The same county which has added 19 million dollars to Hoboken’s tax requirement over the last 3 years instead of Lenz taking his benefits from Hoboken’s taxpayers. These are just a few.[/quote]

homeworld
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We don’t need Hoboken looking any more honky tonk than it already does.

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