Mason on Salary Cuts


A this week’s council meeting, 2nd Ward councilwoman Beth Mason voted to table two competing resolutions to lower the salaries of the city council and Mayor. I didn’t pay much mind to it, because it was trivial in the grand scheme of things.

However, some folks are up in arms about why she made that decision. Read her response below.

There are bigger fish to fry

hoboken-councilwoman-beth-mason-headshot.jpg“I voted Wednesday night to table two motions aimed at officially lowering Council and Mayoral salaries by 10% and 15% respectively.

While I fully appreciate the symbolic gesture that members of the council are attempting to make by legislating lower salaries for themselves in this time of economic crisis, such actions are not going to remedy Hoboken’s big picture. Our city is in desperate need of economic restructuring. Whether it’s cutting services, cutting personnel or manipulating our resources to find new revenue streams we have some serious questions to answer that directly affect the lives of each and every resident and worker in Hoboken. If members of the council want to follow my lead and return their salary to the city of their own volition in order to demonstrate their leadership in these troubled times I applaud them, but the people of Hoboken did not take time away from their families to hear us negotiate the details of such a measure. The people of Hoboken need us to act on the restructuring the city’s economy and doing our best to retain essential services without excessive taxes.

Thank you for your interest,

Beth Mason, 2nd Ward City Councilwoman”

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 5:41 am

Cuts, and more cuts, starting at the TOP of the chain, and the waste that follows. The bottom are already pinching every penny and will be hurt anyway, as usual.Gloom and doom for the Christmas season has already reached out and pinched many.

The realtors who set the rent prices here and the taxes that followed haven’t answered any criticism, and probably won’t.
They are to blame also. Big money there, and not worth it…

The county hasn’t answered for the fat they extract from our budget either. It is a whopping amount. Your taxes at work!
Is is still 38 percent or MORE?

Saturday, December 20, 2008 10:52 pm

When Mayor Russo was elected in the early 90’s, one of the first things he did was to increase the number of city departments (and the corresponding number of highly paid department heads). Re-consolidating departments should be done ASAP along with streamlining within those departments.

Regarding a pay rollback for the council and mayor – I support Councilwoman Mason’s actions as an acknowledgement of the Cynical proposition to cut these salaries by merely 10-15%, in the face of our 47% tax increase. At the next Council meeting, pick those motions up off the table where Beth rightly put them and change the 10% and 15% cuts to 47% for council and mayor. I bet that Beth would vote YES on that motion. Is 47% symbolic? Yes of course – but it has teeth. We need teeth in the new year.

Saturday, December 20, 2008 1:11 pm

15. Manolo – Some good points, especially the PILOTS. Hopefully, the operational audits of the police and fire departments by the NJ DCA, Div. of Local Gov’t. Services will produce the balanced plan for Judy T. to follow to start us on the road to recovery. Another key is for our fiscal control officer to institute a performance appaisal process for Directors, Supervisors (these lst) and all employees. Happy Holidays from truth1 😛 Addendum: Let’s see how she and the council handle the political aspects of some positions ❓

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Saturday, December 20, 2008 12:11 pm

[quote comment=”123634″]Beth lives in the most expensive house in Hoboken with a rich lawyer husband so it is easy for her to work for less (or free) and still be able to heat her house with $100.00 bills.

9 Council people taking a few thousand dollar pay cut is like throwing a deck chair off the Queen Elizabeth when it’s sinking. How about the council people start earning there 2K a month and get the budget back to 70-80 Million.

How about Beth Mason starts to take on the BOE, Cops, and Fire Dept which makes up 75-80% of the budget. I am tired of hearing how these are negotiated contracts and there is nothing that can be done about this.

What will happen with the latest 47% tax increase is that people are starting to move out.

I have friends that planned on raising their kids here now calling Realtors in Bergen County to look at homes. The taxes in the Burbs are the same, but you can use the schools which you cannot in Hoboken.

Funny not much has changed in 14 years….[/quote]

You really don’t know what you are talking about. There are EXCELLENT educational choices for your kids here in town now. Why do you think you need to move out of town to for your kids to go to school?

Saturday, December 20, 2008 11:11 am

[quote comment=”123715″]Salary rollbacks = excellent idea, but lets just eliminate whole departments that are gratuitously put together like office of emergency management, constituent services, and nepotism should be outlawed very rigorously![/quote]

It is not either/or. There are no magic bullits. Only if we do EVERTHING will things get better.

[quote comment=”123715″] Roberts favorite showtune “I’m just a gal who can’t say no!” :twisted:[/quote]

Who can argue with that?

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