Phil Cohen, a candidate for Hudson County Freeholder to represent the Fifth District, today called for an independent performance audit to identify potential areas of cost-savings in Hudson County government.
Cohen noted that Hudson County’s proposed budget calls for a nearly 4% increase in county taxes this year, on top of nearly 20% of increases over the past four years. Because of higher property values, this year’s increase in county taxes for residents of Hoboken and Jersey City will be much higher than the county average, with Hoboken residents slated to receive a 15% increase and Jersey City residents a 7% increase. Cohen also noted that Hudson County taxes represent the single biggest piece of Hoboken residents’ tax bill.
Phil Cohen said, “We must put an end to year after year of big county tax increases. The years of socking Hoboken and Jersey City residents with 15% and 7% County tax hikes must come to an end. An independent performance audit will provide us with a road map to a more efficient, cost-effective County government. It is time for Hudson County government to tighten its belt.”
The performance audit will examine county staffing levels and service delivery mechanisms with an eye towards identifying areas for increased efficiencies and cost-savings.
Phil Cohen is running in the Democratic Primary for Freeholder, which will be held on Tuesday, June 3. The 5th District is comprised of Hoboken and portions of Jersey City. Cohen is an attorney, who currently serves as a Commissioner on the Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment, He is a former Vice-Chair of the Hoboken Democratic Party.