HUDSON COUNTY – The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold two budget hearings this week in an effort to let officials make suggestions to bring down taxes. As a result of the 2013 budget, which has been introduced but not yet passed, taxes will rise up to 10 percent in Secaucus, Hoboken, and Weehawken.
The first meeting will take place at Secaucus Town Hall, located at 1203 Paterson Plank Road, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and the second will take place at Hoboken City Hall, located at 94 Washington St. at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
At the meetings, various county departments will present their sections of the budget, which several mayors, including Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, have complained places an unfair burden on their taxpayers. At a recent press conference, Zimmer said that the county needed “to roll up its sleeves and make tough decisions.”
Weehawken will also see a big tax hike. Mayor Richard Turner recently suggested that each county department present their budgets and any possible cuts that could be made, after which the freeholders could make decisions that would lessen the tax burden.
Following the mayors’ criticisms, Freeholder Anthony Romano, the board’s chairman, agreed to hold several meetings scrutinizing the budget.
At the Secaucus meetings, the directors for the Dept. of Roads and Public Property, Dept. of Parks and Community Services, and Law Department will present their budgets. At the Hoboken meeting, the budgets of the county prosecutor’s office, the sheriff’s department, the corrections department and the Office of Emergency Managements will be presented. – Dean DeChiaro