Thursday, May 2, 2019

City Council approves budget amendment to reduce Ravi Bhalla's proposed 3% tax increase 8-1

Last night, the Hoboken City Council approved a budget amendment sponsored by Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher to cut the proposed Mayor Ravi Bhalla tax increase.

The council voted 8-1 reducing the Bhalla Administration tax increase from approximately 3% to 1.3% Councilwoman Emily Jabbour was the lone dissenter.

The vote is conditional until the final approval of the budget.

In other major developments, Ravi Bhalla is backtracking on his efforts revealed going back to last year to unseat and replace Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro. The blowback since the Politifax and Hobokenhorsecom reports is fierce.

Questions posed by the Hudson County View offered this stammering third rail of fear answer from Ravi Bhalla. Hudson County has a majority Hispanic population.



Talking Ed Note: Ravi Bhalla is claiming the reports are inaccurate and his putting up Rachel Hodes, the wife of Jason Freeman who works in the mayor's office was only an "if" proposition.

Why would Bhalla be repeatedly pushing Hodes to Brian Stack then? There was no push back for days with the revelations and not a word from the Assemblywoman until the blowback exploded statewide.

Are the whispers Ravi Bhalla tried to force Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano to step down so he could put in another of his insiders in his mayor's office also "incorrect?" Ask John Allen, the would-be recipient of that failed political operation.

Last, there's a number of readers who are getting a political poll over their phone lines. To a person, they feel the poll is on behalf of Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

More to come.

Related: Hudson County View confirms the preliminary $117 million budget cutting $836,000 in spending revised down from $1,000,000 in the budget amendment passed last night and the final approval on the Suez water contract.

The reduced spending will lower Mayor Ravi Bhalla's proposed 3% tax increase to 1.3%.