|2005 Roberts campaign mailer|
How quickly the jaws of defeat swallowed this "budget victory," when sunlight hit Ruben Ramos' $11.4 million budget deficit.
Ramos, who served on Hoboken's City Council from 1999-2009, rubber-stamped budget trickery like selling off the Municipal garage, raiding the Parking Authority's surplus, refinancing long term bonds so they cost less in the short term but balloon in later years to hide overspending.
Fiscal mismanagement is Ramos' legacy as Hoboken City Councilman.
The $11.4 million crater in Hoboken's budget triggered the 2008 appointment of state fiscal monitor, the late Judy Tripodi.
Then what happened literally overnight to Hoboken taxpayers?
"...Hoboken's municipal tax levy, which is separate from county and school taxes, did go up a whopping nearly 70 percent from 2007 to 2008, said Tripodi. Hudson County Tax Administrator Donald Kenny confirmed that Hoboken's tax rate (which covers city, school and county taxes) jumped 23 percent from 2007 to 2008."Thanks, Ruben Ramos!
Folks, GA has no personal animus toward Ruben, who I hear did very well as the 33rd District Assemblyman. As Hoboken Councilman, not so much.
GA implores voters to do a little homework, and see how a mess evolved under Ruben Ramos' tenure on the City Council that has tapped every Hoboken taxpayer's wallet since 2008.
4th Ward, please GET OUT THE VOTE for Dana Wefer, the gal who's achieved wonders cleaning up Carmelo Garcia's financial mess at the Housing Authority.
Please, on November 3, Vote for DANA WEFER.
Now, have a listen to former Mayor Roberts delivering the BAD NEWS to Hoboken residents, courtesy of Ruben Ramos' rubber-stamping the profligate spending of the Roberts Administration.