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Ridgewood Village Council Candidate Melanie Hooban : Lets Talk Taxes

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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.

9 thoughts on “Ridgewood Village Council Candidate Melanie Hooban : Lets Talk Taxes

  1. Melanie you have my vote.

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  2. Let’s all be frank, taxes will never go down. Taxes need to go up evenly to keep the town looking in good shape. You look at towns that didn’t raise taxes for a few years they fell behind in all around areas.

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  3. The municipal taxes here are a bargain, thanks to the large homes in town.
    The problem is the bloated school budget which eats up the majority of our property tax bills.

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  4. “Let’s all be frank, taxes will never go down. Taxes need to go up evenly to keep the town looking in good shape. You look at towns that didn’t raise taxes for a few years they fell behind in all around areas.”

    Do you really think that Ridgewood looks “in good shape” ????

    Not even close.

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  5. Lets not put Paul V in office. Guy is all about Paul. He should be disqualified for conflict of interest ..no chance he can think thru issues and solutions that are best for residents vs his restaurant business and real estate holdings.

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  6. Library’s dream redesign is a total waste of time and money. Council should give them zero dollars and take out zero bonds to facilitate this awful idea. This isn’t the ’80s.

  7. Does Ms. Hooban have any financial management experience? Seems her pitch is void of any specifics which kind of leads me to believe she is a bit of a lightweight.

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    1. you mean like the “tiger Team” lol

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  8. “Does Ms. Hooban have any financial management experience? Seems her pitch is void of any specifics which kind of leads me to believe she is a bit of a lightweight.”

    So are you saying you prefer the slimeball with enough experience to wreak havoc with our budget to support his own gain as a landlord of several CBD buildings via CBD expansion? Need I remind you of the empty garage or the fact that he wants to turn the Town Garage site into another eyesore parking lot? And he’s not sticking around very long if elected . . . remember his run for State Senator? DUH.

    Melanie has enough experience in the Village , and enough smarts, to figure out who is giving her good advice and guidance. She will make the best choices for the Village.

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