the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, while one candidate is promoting another high density parking scheme for the Village of Ridgewood Central business district , Candidate Melanie Hooban out lined her views on the implications of tax increases for the village and where the money gets spent .
Hooban wrote in a piece entitled ,”Lets talk Tax talk, “Tax increases impact everyone including Ridgewood homeowners, landlords, local businesses, and renters. We must prioritize tax dollars and work to keep the municipal tax rate flat and continuing to enhance revenue streams to maximize municipal tax offsets.”
She explained , “Ridgewood’s municipal taxes use roughly 22% of each tax dollar and that includes our Ridgewood Public Library.”
Governing is not a developers get rich quick scheme ,governing is about balancing the demands of the many priorities of life in the village ” Village Council members are responsible for municipal taxes and funding of the Ridgewood Public Library. The 22% allocation of municipal taxes funds all Village services including public safety, parks, recreation, tree planting and maintenance, department of public works, trash collection, health department, road repair, building department, infrastructure, technology, and more. The municipality uses different revenue streams to offset the municipal rate, ” wrote Hooban.