I was hopeful that one positive affect of Hoboken’s tax increase is it would finally wake-up the Hoboken taxpayer to the need for real change in Hoboken’s government and get out and vote. The low turnout of the May 12 Mayoral and City Council elections have shown that my hopes have thus far not been realized. Those that would like to maintain the status quo in Hoboken have always relied on the apathy of its largely transient population to ensure that nothing meaningful ever changes. The June 9 election is critical not only for the important changes it may bring to Hoboken’s government, but also to send a clear message to our representatives that we will no longer tolerate their mismanagement. If we do not send a message now that a 47 percent increase is unacceptable, those in power will correctly assume that nothing will ever wake Hoboken taxpayers up, and that they can continue to do as they wish. I am encouraging all of my friends and neighbors to educate yourself on the candidates and the issues, and vote for a better Hoboken.