Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop defended his council record of voting no against the city doing a tax reval, exclaiming “it is catastrophic for you living in this city” during a Downtown Town Hall meeting last night – also stating people that advocate for the reval do so out of personal hatred towards the mayor.
During the Downtown Town Hall Meeting, a city resident posed a question about the mayors stop to the last tax reval the city was to under nearly a â€œquarter of a century ago.â€
He stressed, â€œno fairness or equity in subsidizing those who can not afford their tax increasesâ€ and asked the mayor what his plans forth were going to be.
Giving an example of how detrimental a tax reval could be Fulop stated, â€œIf property taxes go up $15,000, home value goes down dramatically because the buyer has to pay more on taxes, itâ€™s basic economics. Taxes go up, home value goes down.â€
The former councilman, now a long-rumored Democratic candidate for governor, defeated Jerramiah Healy in one of the most expensive elections in New Jersey history back in May 2013.
When discussing the recent history of the reval, Fulop took the Healy administration to task on the issue without mentioning any names.
“It started five years ago, six years ago: it was supposed to be delivered. Supposed to be delivered for you, all of you, the year of the election – right before the election. Then miraculously (snaps fingers) it got delayed a year. No reason why, it got delayed a year.”
“Let me ask you this question: if it was going to be a good thing to my predecessor, if it was going to be a good thing where you all would say ‘this is great, this is terrific,’ don’t you think he would’ve done it before the election.”
Fulop added that he “knew in his core it wasn’t the right thing to do,” bringing people up to speed on the fact that a former business administrator was instrumental in giving a $5 million contract to the potential reval firm before he left the city and started working at that said firm.
The West New York firm Realty Appraisal Co. and ex-City Administrator Brian O’Reilly have been embroiled in a long legal battle with Jersey City over the situation, claiming Fulop called off the reval after he took office to keep Downtown taxes from increasing, per The Jersey Journal.
Additionally, Fulop argued that if an individual is in the â€œwinners category,â€ they could benefit from the reval by putting â€œ$200 in their pocket, but lose home value of thousands of dollars.â€
In case anyone was still unclear on Fulop’s stance on the issue, he concluded with a very definitive statement.
“People who are arguing for that are entirely disingenuous: entirely. They are doing it purely for hatred for me.”
The New Jersey Division of Taxation is hosting a public meeting on the subject tomorrow at Hudson County Community College, 161 Newkirk St.,Â at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Scott Ring Room on the second floor.
This man opposed the wholesale granting of tax abatements when he was a councilman. As Mayor he has been giving the store away to the big money developers. The small homeowner will suffer big time from a reval while his buddies downtown will be paying no school or county taxes.
Fulop knows that eventually the State will order a reval and he can take cover and blame the State for our taxes doubling and in many cases tripling. Next time you are near Newport and you see all of the development he has supported, just remember that for every tax abatement he has supported, we, the small homeowner, are subsidizing the rich brats who are living in those towers and the greedy developers who build and build, and build. Take heart! They will build, and WE will pay.
“Kick the can down the road” approach is not going to help the residents unless they are also moving to Trenton.
No one is above the law!
Does anyone have contact information for Michael Rodriguez? He has a couple of videos posted and I was wondering whether the full length is available. The contact form on this site does not work 🙁
Hey Jim, we specialize in news clips and therefore do not post entire meetings whether it is of a particular council, board of education, town hall, etc. That said, I believe Yvonne Balcer has posted nearly 30-minute clips of all the Jersey City Town Hall meetings on her YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/yvobalcer/videos?sort=dd&view=0&shelf_id=2.