Hoboken reval rhetoric
Fair Housing meeting in Hoboken – August 15, 2013
This week, the Hoboken Fair Housing Association is holding an “urgent” meeting regarding the Property Reval that is currently going on. If you believe the current Hoboken property revaluation is in any way corrupt, politically motivated or controlled, or just plain “fishy,” this event is for you. Read their letter below, and mark you calendars for Thursday, August 15th from 7pm to 9pm.
Urgent matters regarding Hoboken Property Revaluation
Dear Friends of HFHA: As the flyer attached indicates, an important HFHA meeting is coming up on August 15th.
The meeting will take place at the Community Church at the corner of 6th & Garden Streets. Hoboken Fair Housing Association invites all local residents, officials, and press to attend.
There will be a number of urgent topics under discussion.
First off, tenants and homeowners alike need to know about the property revaluation being done in Hoboken right now by Appraisal Systems Inc.
This revaluation, which is currently taking place over several weeks, could potentially overvalue smaller homes and rental buildings, resulting in inflated taxes on these properties and thus force their sale.
Many small landlords, small owners and tenants of 1-4 unit and larger buildings will be pushed out of their homes if appraisers deviate from valuing buildings based on their actual rent-roll incomes, or if buildings are valued based on what “could” be if those buildings were torn down to make way for larger ones, instead of valuations based on the buildings currently in place.
And ASI has already stated at a public presentation that their method consists of valuing properties at their maximum “market value,” which is entirely speculative.
And, can you spell conflict-of-interest? ASI’s president was the tax assessor for Mountain Lakes, NJ while MSTA’s attorney was mayor of that town for eight years.
MSTA is the local developer/real-estate lobbying group that has frequently sued, and continues to sue, the city of Hoboken over its longstanding rental protections.
MSTA’s attorney unsuccessfully sued the city for over a million dollars worth of attorney’s fees for a previous class-action suit against the city that attempted to weaken Hoboken’s tenant protections. That suit was also unsuccessful.
And it is MSTA, of course, that is behind the stealing of the November 2012 rent-control election results — the attempt to usurp in the courtroom what they lost at the polls.
Learn what you can do to stand up for your rights against large real-estate interests who want to see rent-controlled tenants and smaller, older homes gone. Real-estate interests who, in an effort to destroy any trace of historic Hoboken, want to replace older homes with high-density condos accessible only to the very wealthy.
Homeowners in Princeton are standing up for their rights, and Hoboken can do the same. An important lawsuit has been brought in Princeton against ASI by a determined citizens / homeowner’s group. And Princeton is not the only town taking action against unfair property revaluations.
ASI has effectively acted as a reverse-Robin-Hood in Princeton, raising taxes disproportionately on small homeowners and lowering them for McMansions.
The video below by Jim Firestone in Princeton explains the manner in which ASI conducted its revaluation there. And the numbers here display ASI’s unfair, distorted taxing scheme in black & white.
According to a commenter here (scroll down to the last commenter): “…the largest reduction of all, 40%, went to Scott Siprelle a member of the Reevaluation Advisory Commmittee who got his Hodge Rd house reevaluated as part of the Cleveland Lane neighborhood.”
YOUR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IS ESSENTIAL IF THERE IS TO BE ANY HOPE IN HOBOKEN FOR AVERTING A DISASTER LIKE THE OUTRAGEOUS PROPERTY REVALUATION THAT TOOK PLACE IN PRINCETON.
Particularly, Hoboken’s small homewoners need to organize around this issue — and they could do well to take a cue from the Princeton group.
Also at the August 15 meeting, we’ll provide an update on our legal appeal of the stealing of the November 2012 rent-control election results.
Attorney Renee Steinhagan of the New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center will provide details and bring us up to date on the action. You can read her absolutely first-rate brief (PDF) that was submitted to the appeals panel of judges who will be deciding the case.
We’ll also be hearing at the meeting from the heroic Matt Shapiro, president of NJTO. Matt will give us an overview of the housing crisis taking place throughout the state, and will offer guidance as to how to proceed in Hoboken.
HFHA stalwart and rent-levelling board member Cheryl Fallick will update us on the changing condo-rental regulations that may be about to happen, and what we can do about it.
This will also be a MEMBERSHIP DRIVE meeting for folks who are not currently HFHA members, and a time to renew expiring memberships. WE NEED YOU. Please plan on attending the meeting, and consider bringing at least ONE FRIEND WHO IS AFFECTED BY RENT-CONTROL OR THE PROPERTY REVALUATION.
And that’s pretty much everyone in town, isn’t it?
Hoboken reval meeting tonight
Talk about a political football. The Hoboken reval (revaluation of properties for taxation purposes) has been kicked around so long – the city is now over two decades overdue. And tonight, the city is holding a special “council meeting” over at the Hoboken High School auditorium at 7pm.
Appraisal Systems was hired by the city to be the company to perform said “revaluations.” Whether they are truly objective – or figure out a way to subjectively “adjust” the values in Hoboken in favor of what Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her cronies want remains to be seen. How transparent, fair and honest this process will be could quite possibly be a mystery unless you’re a fly on the wall of the secret back room.
However – one Hoboken resident shines a little more light on the shenanigans at city hall…
Letter: Hoboken reval another Zimmer pie in the sky
“In 2009, Dawn promised Hoboken Revolt that the reval would be done right away. But she didn’t take action on the tax maps for over two years into her term.
Now four years later she’s finally holding a public meeting to talk about the reval?
A few thousand yuppies voted for her based solely on her promise for a reval. They were so sure that she would bring their property taxes down. I’m sure they feel duped despite all the good news spewing out of her spin department.
It’s all pie in the sky. She’ll promise any kind of pie to get elected.”
Isn’t it interesting how politicians strive to “schedule” their real world civic obligations according to election timetables?Hoboken NJ