Hoboken City Council Members Propose Budget Amendment with Over $1 Million in Spending Cuts
HOBOKEN, N.J. — Hoboken Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, Chair of the Finance and Revenue Subcommittee, submitted an amendment to the proposed City budget that cuts spending by over $1 million, significantly reducing the burden on city taxpayers. These changes lower the city administration’s proposed tax increase from 2.8% to 1% without compromising funding for emergency services or investments in infrastructure and other community programs that impact the quality of life of Hoboken residents. This amendment is being supported by Council President Jen Giattino, Councilman Mike DeFusco and Councilman Peter Cunningham.
Fisher, Giattino, DeFusco and Cunningham are releasing the following statement:
“As elected representatives for the City of Hoboken, it is our responsibility to ensure taxpayer money is being used efficiently to make investments in the services and programs that best provide for the needs of our community. The administration’s proposed budget calls for an increase in taxes by nearly 3%. This must be a belt tightening year for our government and it is irresponsible to ask taxpayers to open their wallets further than necessary. The amendments we are proposing preserve funding for necessary services and community programming that impact the quality of life for Hoboken residents while allowing us to provide an additional $100,000 to our overworked fire department, our seniors and for the City Clerk’s Office that works hard every day for our community. While we are asking some departments to do more with less, these are fair recommendations that protect the delivery of the most vital services to Hoboken residents.”
The vote on the proposed amendment will happen during Wednesday’s City Council meeting at 7 p.m. after the public hearing and action taken on the City administration budget with the proposed 2.8% tax increase.