The real cost of St. Patty’s Parade?
Residents vs. St. Pat’s onslaught of out of towners
“The city had 219 officers on duty for St Patrick’s festivities, of which only half were Hoboken officers working 16+ hour shifts (lots of overtime) and the rest were rented through Hudson County Rapid Deployment Department, Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.
So who paid for the overtime and cost of the officers? We the TAX PAYERS covered that bill.
What do we have to show for it? NOTHING.
Voice your option: What if the bars and liquor stores were charged a Hoboken City “St Patrick’s Day cover charge” as a cost of doing business for this day to cover the city’s costs ? Just like the cover charges many bars charge their patrons? (not counting the price gouging)
Who currently loses: Residents who flee the city, tax payers and other no drinking business establishments (many of which were closed this year).
Does any one governing body conduct a forensics accounting to ensure the bars and liquor stores are paying their proper share to the state in tax revenues? Probably not, and do the bars actually properly account for every dollar they collect that day in sales?