Hoboken Fire Tax?

WTF is up with the Hoboken Fire Tax?

With the city’s budget well in excess of $100 million, don’t you think that various forms of taxation are enough to cover it all (and more?) Property taxes, millions in unnecessary traffic pillaging, and all the fees and other nonsense.

No, now there’s some kind of annual Hoboken Fire Tax. See the letter various Hoboken “business operators” received below.

Hoboken Fire Tax Letter annual registration fee

Hoboken Fire Dept. an official “taxing authority?”

One business “operator” wrote in:

“Since when did the Hoboken Fire Department become its own taxing authority?

Should we soon expect individual bills from the city Environmental Department, police station and road crews?

Perhaps the city tax processing office start sending their own bills too?

Maybe the Hop Stop can launch their own billing department?

When will we be on the hook for the dinner tabs for Zimmer’s vacation getaways?”

Sounds like another one of those bullshit “hidden taxes” that you, the “constituents” allow slowly by slowly (like the frog) until you’re boiled out of town.

Hoboken Fire Tax

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Friday, October 2, 2015 12:18 am

I’ll give you the answer…nothing.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 6:34 pm

The annual budget for Police and Fire is about $30.5 million, so every little bit helps! We must have a huge number of police and firemen . . .

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Friday, October 2, 2015 12:18 am

Wow 30 million, to do what exactly? I guess I see the point of fire, but other than ignoring people running stop signs and harassing uber drivers, what do the hoboken cops do that costs this much?

Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:56 am

Individual city departments are sending out their own bills? That’s ridiculous.

People should bring this up at the city council meetings.

Friday, September 25, 2015 9:36 pm

People get what they deserve. In November they will go to the polls (if it doesn’t interfere with their lives) and vote for their council people. It’s time to throw out the Zimmer Zombies and all of their tax hikes, but will the people show up at the polls?

Friday, September 25, 2015 3:52 pm

The tax has been on the books for years but the Fire Department is not very good at sending out bills. We paid it 6 years ago then did not pay for 3 years. We did not pay it last year but we had to pay it this year. Seems like there is no database to track who paid and who was billed so the billing is random. We had a fire in the building and when I called 911 the operator forwarded me to fire dispatch and I got voice mail. Guess they were all out collecting the fire tax. I had to go down to the fire station and ask them in person to put out the fire. They got the fire under control in about 2 minutes but did about $15K in damage when they decided to make certain the building had been evacuated.

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