Reader: This will be Ridgewood’s future, more people, declining services, higher taxes. Who’s in?
Developers only need to dazzle a handful of our planning board / council members to take over our community. Our Village is trying to build its way our of a declining budget. Development charges collected from developers and taxes collected from new residents will not even come close to offsetting the costs of new services that such development requires! This is like throwing gasoline on a fire.
It is important that new development disclose its true cost to the community. We need a study that includes traffic impact, financial impact, environmental impact, population and housing impact, schools impact, public facility impact and utility impact and a cost – benefit analysis. In addition, these studies, or analyses, should include a compilation of the cumulative impact of proposed projects along with other recently completed, current and proposed major projects.
Increased population and development create greater demands on a municipality to provide service to existing residents and and new infrastructure to accommodate growth. Towns and Cities throughout New Jersey are experiencing deterioration of their financial health as a direct result and are becoming increasingly unable to provide current levels of service. This will be Ridgewood’s future, more people, declining services, higher taxes. Who’s in?