To the Editor:
As evidenced by today’s news article, concerning possible eminent domain proceedings against local businesses, this mayor and city council will stop at nothing in giving the big developers everything they want. Could your home be next?
With all the new residential development being proposed in the city, who do you think will have to pay for all the new infrastructure required? 2,500 units at the military base, 1,300 units at the old Texaco site, 300-plus units at North Street, 250-plus units at the old Hi-Hat. If only half of the above units have a school-aged child, we’re talking about approximately 2,100 children, enough to fill three additional schools. Currently, all the schools in Bayonne are pretty much at max capacity. So where, will all these new children go? Who will be responsible for paying for new school buildings, or purchasing and refurbishing older ones? You, the taxpayer.
This is in addition to the extra teachers, police officers, firefighters etc. who would be needed to cover these areas. I’m sure garbage/recycling contracts would increase, as well as maintenance, winter salting and other costs. Meanwhile, the developers walk away with millions in profit, moving on to their next project, and the taxpayers are left holding the bag. Our city council deems fit to grant tax abatements, which provide schools with less funding than if tax abatements weren’t granted, and bring in fewer taxes.
We don’t need further large residential development in town. We need industrial development. Less strain on our resources, more local jobs, more taxes charged, less out of our pocketbook.
Last year, we had a school increase in the tax rate of 6 percent because nobody seemed to know where millions “disappeared.” Now another 3 percent proposed increase. We still haven’t received a clear explanation from the Board of Ed, or mayor, explaining where that money was used. Also, who is being held culpable for it? Last I checked, the Business Administrator, and Board of Ed president are the ones to oversee expenditures. The accountant isn’t the one signing the checks. So don’t blame him.
It’s up to us, the taxpayers, to keep things in check. Do you want to see large developments, with towering buildings overshadowing our homes, ruining our city? Or, should we slow things down, and keep development and taxes stable? Decide what you want Bayonne to look like, and how much you want to pay for it.