ZONING/PLANNING BOARD HEARINGS

TV35 DOES NOT RECORD CITIZENS' QUESTIONS FOR ALL CRANFORD TAXPAYERS TO HEAR

to be continued November 28--HARTZ MOUNTAIN HEARING FOR 905 APARTMENTS AT 750 WALNUT AVE, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 8 PM, MUNICIPAL BUILDING



A LESSON FOR CRANFORD'S OFFICIALS: SUMMIT, NJ, REDEVELOPMENT TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNITY INPUT

CRANFORD NORTH AVENUE REDEVELOPMENT STUDY
THANK YOU TO THE CRANFORD COMMUNITY FOR THE GREAT RESPONSE & HELPING YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS SAVE THEIR BUSINESSES
Eminent Domain Removed From Prop. In Study Area, Westfield Leader, 1/25, page 1
Rumored Morale Problems Plague the Cranford Municipal Building
Within the last 6 months a number of Cranford employees have quit. A few examples:
Downtown Business & Economic Development Director
Police Chief
Assistant Zoning Officer
Township Clerk
Tax Collector

RIVERFRONT--TAX REVENUE?

“Reliance on the property tax not only results in big property tax bills for individual homeowners, it also creates broader incentives that have powerful, distorting effects on land-use decisions. From a fiscal perspective, residential development generally does not “pay for itself”—that is, the cost of the services demanded by residents generally exceeds the tax revenue generated by residential property—whereas nonresidential property generally costs less to service than it generates in revenue. Thus every municipality has an incentive to court nonresidential development—shopping centers, office parks, hotels—while discouraging residential development, thereby keeping costs low relative to revenues. This is the infamous “ratables chase.” Further because public school funding is by far the largest component of local government expenditures, municipalities endeavor to control costs by excluding children, favoring senior housing complexes, and ..." Property Tax Reform & Land Use, Smart Growth Recommendations from New Jersey Future, Issue 14, July 2006.


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EFFECTIVE PROPERTY TAX REFORM

“Particular attention should be paid to solutions that minimize municipal competition for tax revenues, since that competition is the direct cause of many unwanted land-use effects. Such solutions include: shared services, tax-base sharing, increased state aid to municipalities, particularly for education.” Property Tax Reform & Land Use, Smart Growth Recommendations from New Jersey Future, Issue 14, July 2006.