Hoboken City Hall hates Grandma

9/30/2010:

Hoboken Penalizing Taxpayers. Again.

Today, a Hoboken411 reader and Mile Square resident Shawn details how the city’s stringent new parking “claws” are just making life difficult, even for his innocent Grandma/Nanny.

Granny DENIED in Hoboken

“The Hoboken Parking Authority has all business permits expiring today, September 30th. These permits are not just for businesses — they are also the permits that I buy to allow my father-in-law and mother to park when they are babysitting my two daughters, ages 6 and 3.

We don’t pay the grandparents for babysitting. We do pay the $200/year for the parking permits.

Now, however, they are requiring that all business permit applications be accompanied by paystubs or a Schedule A. We obviously don’t have those to submit. A couple of days ago they told us we could come in and get a form — basically a request for an exemption from the paystub/schedule A requirement. They were having a meeting to review the forms today and told us they would get back to us.

Well, we were told today that we were denied. I know others who have grandparents or other family that babysit and were also denied.

This is incredibly frustrating as a [high] tax paying citizen of this town. Why would you penalize grandparents who are sacrificing to babysit their grandchildren? If you’re not going to give exemptions to them, who are you giving them to? The spaces they take up are not valuable during the time they’re here. They arrive at 8am and leave at 5:30/6pm.

Hoboken politics at its best.”

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58 Comments on "Hoboken City Hall hates Grandma"

elainetyger
Member
elainetyger

Even if the grandparents came every day, you’re still talking $25 a week for the daily parking passes, which is 10-20% of what it would cost to put the kids in private day care, whether with a foreign nanny or in a school-type group setting. It’s hard to feel sorry for someone who is making out like a bandit, considering.

plaintruthiness
Member
plaintruthiness

Way too much sense of entitlement. Just buy a visitors pass like I do when my family or friends visit. Or like others mentioned earlier, park your car on the street and let your parents park in your garage space. Or rent a monthly garage space. It’s a cost of living in an urban city. I’m not a “fan” of HPU & it’s booting policy, but geez.

homeworld
Member

We need a Hoboken Parking Pass bailout.[quote comment=”198218″]Way too much sense of entitlement. Just buy a visitors pass like I do when my family or friends visit. Or like others mentioned earlier, park your car on the street and let your parents park in your garage space. Or rent a monthly garage space. It’s a cost of living in an urban city. I’m not a “fan” of HPU & it’s booting policy, but geez.[/quote]

homeboken
Member
homeboken

homeworld – please research the difference between non-profit and volunteering.
Non-profits charge fees to cover expenses, but they are set up to break even.
A volunteer or charity gives goods or services for free.

homeboken
Member
homeboken

43 – You are missing the point. The services being provided cease being a business the moment that there is no expectaton for income.

A business provides a good or service in exchange for currency. None of that is happening here.

For god’s sake, just get a daily parking pass, feed the meters, whatever. But your loophole has been closed, hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.

homeworld
Member

Ever hear of a non-profit business?

Regardless, someone visiting you to baby site isn’t a business by the parking authority’s definition, therefore no parking pass.

There’s an easy way to circumvent this… Have one of the parents change their address to Hoboken online, get the sticker, get a resident pass, and then take off the sticker and change it back to the original address.

[quote comment=”198165″]43 – You are missing the point. The services being provided cease being a business the moment that there is no expectaton for income. A business provides a good or service in exchange for currency. None of that is happening here. For god’s sake, just get a daily parking pass, feed the meters, whatever. But your loophole has been closed, hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.[/quote]

animal_lover
Member
animal_lover

I see this over and over again- the sense that one is above the law, economics principles, health & safty consideration etc., if a child is involved.

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