No taxation without services

first_imgCHRISTOPHER MONTGOMERY To the Editor:In a recent column in the Community News (9/20), Mayor Davis claimed to continue to “have his administration widen its tax base” to increase funding for our city’s services and initiatives. It sounds great and very “mayoral.” However, there’s one simple problem. The mayor and his administration have not demonstrated this at all. Month after month I continue to learn about new developments with substantial tax abatements, thus lessening the base and placing the burden of these developments on the hardworking residents of Bayonne. The developments all use municipal services, be they public works, sanitation, school systems, etc., and yet for some reason, Mayor Davis is pushing out the tax revenue 25 and 30 years in some cases. Not only is this bad fiscal management, it is simply a slap in the face to those residents who remain in Bayonne only to see their taxes go up and their services cut. It’s time for real leadership and a real strategic plan to improve our city. Every other surrounding community is making these adjustments without conceding tax revenue for years to come. Planned development is happening, and those same developers are contributing to the community at large with local union labor, rehabilitating parks and community space, and these communities benefit. It is time for a change and time for action. After all, it is actions that speak louder than words.last_img read more