Where’s the Property Re-valuation? When?
Can’t revolt against the Queen, can you?
What a difference a year makes. With all the big talk of substantial budget cuts, and property re-valuations seemingly going silent – the roar is just beginning to get started from residents who were fooled into thinking a “Reval” was a big priority for our current administration.
411 reader Jill presents this open letter to the Mayor and the residents.
Will Mayor Zimmer start the property revaluation process?
“Dear Hoboken 411,
I have one question that I’m hoping you and your readers can shed some light on or hopefully spotlight to get our elected officials to respond.
When is Mayor Zimmer starting the property revaluation process?
I, like many people, voted for Dawn because of persuasive statements she made publicly and put in her campaign material such as: “Zimmer is committed to making the tough budget decisions needed to bring overdue tax relief to Hoboken residents.” Thank you, I need tax relief!
As a condo owner with approximately 1500 square feet, I’m outraged that I pay more in property taxes than my neighbor who has 3000 square feet of brownstone, and yet I pay the same as our Mayor who has over 3500 square feet, more than double my space. This is not new information, we’ve all done the math and seen the vast inequity among property owners, but I am tired of hearing our politicians saying they sympathize with us when they really need to be taking action now.
We all know tax revaluations are lengthy processes, but instead of reminding the public how hard tax revals are and how long they take, our elected officials, specifically our Mayor, needs to address this issue now and make it a priority to implement the tax reval. It also needs to be pointed out that telling the public to appeal their assessments is not a substitute for doing the actual reval. It’s not sound fiscal judgement when our city government relies on being reactive rather than proactive. With the number of appeals growing quickly, it’s only going to get uglier for Hoboken’s budget if the Mayor doesn’t get our fiscal practices under control.
At a meet and greet for multiple candidates this past October, the attendees were informed that new tax maps are required for the reval and that the legislation for these tax maps was already initiated by another council person, so why hasn’t Mayor Zimmer attempted to initiate an official tax reval process since she took office four months ago? Thousands of her supporters are counting on Mayor Zimmer to follow through on her promise for a property tax revaluation which she included in her recent public questionnaire response: “I support following the law and fairly sharing the tax burden and will promptly take the legally mandated steps to put one into effect.”
So far, Mayor Zimmer has not been prompt on this issue, and when asked about the tax reval, her reply has been “it will take years.” That is not an adequate response.
We’re not asking her how long, we’re asking her when!!!
Mayor Zimmer needs to start the reval process today and she needs to give the public significant tax reval status reports on a regular basis. Anything less is unacceptable.