It’s time for Romano to declare war on taxes

Dear Editor:
At the kickoff event for Peter Biancamano’s 2nd Ward City Council Campaign, Hoboken’s Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano declared “this is a war” to rally the troops against Tiffanie Fisher’s 2nd Ward campaign.
It’s disappointing that Freeholder Romano brings a passion to fighting reform candidates in Hoboken, rather than fighting Hudson County’s unfair tax hikes on Hoboken taxpayers. Since I ran against Freeholder Romano last year, when I called for an independent performance audit of all county operations to help get county spending under control, Freeholder Romano has shrugged his shoulders, blamed an unfair “state formula”, and watched Hoboken get socked with a 15 percent county tax hike in 2014 and a 12 percent county tax hike in 2015.
A few weeks ago, the Hoboken City Council called on Freeholder Romano to introduce a resolution committing Hudson County to voluntarily commit to complying with the 2 percent tax cap that the state has imposed on municipalities like Hoboken. The agenda item passed unanimously, making it clear that notwithstanding their differences on other matters, our entire city council is united behind this request.
It’s time that Freeholder Romano move on from his “war” on his perceived local political opposition and join with a united city council and declare war on our common enemy – Hudson County’s runaway tax burden on Hoboken’s homeowners.

Phil Cohen

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