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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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RichMauro wrote:
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Saradove wrote:
Parkman, I'm with you. I have an 82 year old friend who, with his wife, bought a home in 1968, raised their kids & became a beloved neighbor to many. The house never had a major updating, it was their home with no thought to it becoming a goldmine. He doesn't want to sell ... it's his home, his neighborhood. A home is an emotional thing, sentimental, not always a money-maker as some see it. I realize that this doesn't mesh with today's reality but I just wanted to throw in my two cents.


Way to go Sara. That sounds like Jersey City heart you're speaking with; something that seems to be in short supply amongst the money changers on this forum. It's about home not bucks all the time.


Except that feel good sentiments like this don't exist in the real world. Again, and again, and again...every day that poor senior downtown, sitting on a million dollar plus valuation, is delaying their FAIR increase, actual poorer folks are over paying (I'm generalizing - yes, not everyone getting a decrease is poor. It's a relative point). Can you really sit there and tell me that someone who can sell their place today for over a million bucks NET should get an extension over the person in Greenville or BL who lives paycheck to paycheck barely making ends meet? Because I can guarantee you there are more of the latter than the former. And the reval will provide relief to far more people than will be hurt by it. That's a fact.

It's easy to say it's not about the bucks when you've been getting a deep discount on the backs of so many for so long. Funny how a largely democrat population, sanctuary city and all that nonsense, recoils when it's time to pay their FAIR share (spare me. I know not every person affected is a democrat. And no I'm not a republican).

Posted on: 5/23 20:36
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Re: Fleet Week - Parade of Ships Begins at 10am Today
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Fleet Week gets underway with Parade of Ships (PHOTOS)

Updated 5:46 PM; Posted 5:46 PM
By Patrick Villanova The Jersey Journal

Fleet Week is officially underway.

The annual celebration of the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard kicked off Wednesday with the Parade of Ships up the Hudson River.

Those who spent the afternoon on the Hudson County waterfront had a front row seat to the annual display of naval ships as they came in to port for the holiday weekend and Fleet Week festivities

Fleet Week, now in its 30th year, runs through Tuesday and will see 2,300 sailors, marines and coast guardsmen visit New York.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... t.html#incart_river_index

Posted on: 5/23 20:16
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
#63
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Saradove wrote:
Parkman, I'm with you. I have an 82 year old friend who, with his wife, bought a home in 1968, raised their kids & became a beloved neighbor to many. The house never had a major updating, it was their home with no thought to it becoming a goldmine. He doesn't want to sell ... it's his home, his neighborhood. A home is an emotional thing, sentimental, not always a money-maker as some see it. I realize that this doesn't mesh with today's reality but I just wanted to throw in my two cents.


Way to go Sara. That sounds like Jersey City heart you're speaking with; something that seems to be in short supply amongst the money changers on this forum. It's about home not bucks all the time.

Posted on: 5/23 19:59
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Riverview Jazz Festival Crowdfunding Campaign
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We're currently crowdfunding the 6th Annual Riverview Jazz Festival, which is happening from June 1st until June 9th, when we'll have our flagship event at Riverview-Fisk Park in the Heights.

Some of the amazing artists that will be featured at our flagship event include Wallace Roney, Winard Harper, Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad, Doug Beavers, Brian Charette, Walter Parks, Andrea Brachfield, and Rob Curto's Forró for All.

We're seeking $10,000 to help subsidize the cost of the musicians' fees. This will enable us to compensate them more generously for the talent and performances they'll be presenting for our entertainment.

The campaign ENDS FRIDAY, MAY 25th, and we're still a little ways from our target. Check out our campaign and contribute what you can to help make the 2018 Riverview Jazz Festival something to remember!

http://igg.me/at/JazzFest2018

Thank you!

Posted on: 5/23 17:34
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
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#rapey vibe thread

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Nori wrote:
Let this be a lesson to all you young ladies out there. The second your nipple gets exposed in public, be prepared for a rapin

Posted on: 5/23 17:33
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Re: Jersey City Fire prevention Division violations
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brewster wrote:
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Bamb00zle wrote:
This “Windowless basement” violation is a complete, total racket, and has been for 30 years. I’ve left you a lengthy pm with additional details.


I doubt anyone would object to your posting your lengthy pm here, I'm real interested in this subject! The state seems to have no qualms about citations on long existing conditions in Greencarded buildings, like suddenly requiring handrails on basement hatch steps or exterior backyard lighting. If the city is getting into the game, that's going to be a hassle. I think I've had one fire inspection in 20 years.


Brewster, thanks for the kind invitation but I am sure you'll understand if I politely decline.

The correct approach is as I outlined – if a building or installation met code (was inspected and passed) at the time of construction / installation then that’s the end of it. The State, Fire Department, City can’t at some later point arbitrarily require you to meet the requirements of a newer Code version, just because it’s available - see 24 N.J.R. 739. You have to be doing rehab, or some work on the building, to trigger the application of new code requirements.

Nevertheless, I typically take a fairly pragmatic approach to simple “violations.” For less expensive, easy to “fix” things that make sense – handrails on stairs, easily installed lights and so on I’ll just do it, but I always look the inspector directly in the eye and cordially ask which edition of the UCC (NOT NJAC section) is he or she using? In my experience, that’s been sufficient to politely signal you know the game and put an end to the nonsense.

The windowless basement “violation” is a whole other matter…. The FD tried this on me a few years ago. There’s real money in it, sometimes even a building on the cheap. Sprinklers are expensive and can be destructive to install in an old building – even if only in the basement, and can require periodic inspections ($), testing (more $) and on and on. Moreover the City and Fire Department also want you to install a centrally monitored alarm as well. More on-going, subscription costs – every month, forever. Big bucks.

When they tried to make me do this a few years ago, I refused and went to Court. Sounds they are still at it, attempting to intimidate people into retrofitting basement sprinklers, or worse…? Long and short of it, the FD withdrew the violation – they knew they were wrong. My old building had been retro-fitted at the time to meet the requirements of the UFC when it was introduced (mid/late 80’s). Nothing had been done subsequently to the building to trigger the application of any newer Code edition that required sprinklers or a monitored alarm. If I had “rehabbed” the building, then yes, the requirements of the Code in effect when the “rehab” was undertaken would have to be met.

I finally had enough of the City and State's nonsense, and as you may recall - I posted here some time ago - when the reval became a done deal, I sold the building. And I'm not sorry about it at all.

Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll do my best to provide concise and accurate responses to the best of my knowledge.

Posted on: 5/23 17:06
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
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Let this be a lesson to all you young ladies out there. The second your nipple gets exposed in public, be prepared for a rapin

Posted on: 5/23 17:03
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
#68
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thor800 wrote:
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bodhipooh wrote:
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thor800 wrote:
The timing couldn't have been worse - most properties were reassessed at the height of the market


This argument shows a lack of understanding about the revaluation and property taxes. Whether it had been at the height of the market, or bottom, it doesn't matter. If the market had been lower, then the property tax rate would have been higher.

The city needed collect X amount of money.

X = (total value of market) * (tax rate)

If (total value of market) is lower, then (tax rate) has to go up, as X is constant in a revaluation.

The only thing that would make a difference is how different areas stack or compare against each other. The almost four year delay in the reval actually helped DTJC, as that period saw an accelerated increase in valuation in areas outside of DTJC, which translated into properties outside of DTJC getting relative higher levies than they would have 5 years ago.

In any case, the timing matters little. The reval was overdue, and DTJC was in for a HUGE increase regardless of when the reval had been completed. Those who claim the timing was terrible because it is a high market don't understand the issue clearly.



No I completely understand the market - DTJC assessed at the highest values ever with no regard for corresponding drop in market value after taxes double and no guidance moving forward.

Yes it was way overdue and definitely not fair for residents in other words to overpay for years, but also not fair to saddle downtown with absurdly high taxes with no clear plan to reassess more regularly in the future.


A couple of thoughts:
- if values are to drop because of a tax increase, wouldn't the same be true regardless of whether this is a high or low market?

- there IS guidance in place: a revaluation is legally mandated every 10 years. The citizenship should demand that is followed.

- Downtown is not being saddled with absurdly high taxes: they are being assessed the proper taxes, and they only seem high now because they were undertaxed for so long.

- agreed, there is no clear plan to reassess regularly, but there is a law that dictates that to be the case. Citizens can and should demand that future city administrations stick to the law.

- if DTJC loses value, whatever properties come on the market will likely be snapped up by other people. Local inventory is extremely low, although we are definitely seeing more properties being listed, presumably from homeowners who can't, or refuse to, pay the new taxes.

- one final thought: if a market correction takes place, areas outside of DTJC will suffer a much bigger impact. It is always that way. Areas like BeLa were experiencing good progress and gentrifying nicely when the market tanked in 2007/2008. It took over 7 years before it started to regain its footing, and valuation recovering to pre-recession levels. As such, DTJC will continue to retain its value vis-a-vis non-DTJC areas, so taxes wouldn't need to be adjusted.

Posted on: 5/23 16:56
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
#69
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Yvonne wrote:
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JCman24 wrote:
It's legal to go topless in NYC and there are no problems.


New York City is not JC, in fact I have read on this blog about the cultural shock. JC has a higher crime rate per population than NYC. Actually, JC has 1/32 the population of NYC so I am familiar with the numbers.


What are you even talking about?

Posted on: 5/23 16:56
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
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Nori wrote:
Yvonne is right. I hate to admit this.

As long as girls keep their breasts covered, I'm fine. But once they are exposed you might as well change the name from Jersey City to Rape City. How are people going to control themselves?!


I can't tell if you're joking or not!

Posted on: 5/23 16:55
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Re: Notice of violation & Order to correct - JCFD
#71
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Quote:

MDM wrote:
What is the deal with 'windowless basement'? Are the windows required as an alternative to escape a fire or something?

Newer buildings, yes. Older buildings it depends on several factors including the age of the building and the particular edition / version of code the building has met. It's not a simple black and white, yes or no, answer.

Posted on: 5/23 16:53
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
#72
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Yvonne is right. I hate to admit this.

As long as girls keep their breasts covered, I'm fine. But once they are exposed you might as well change the name from Jersey City to Rape City. How are people going to control themselves?!

Posted on: 5/23 16:50
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
#73
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Quote:

JCman24 wrote:
It's legal to go topless in NYC and there are no problems.


New York City is not JC, in fact I have read on this blog about the cultural shock. JC has a higher crime rate per population than NYC. Actually, JC has 1/32 the population of NYC so I am familiar with the numbers.

Posted on: 5/23 16:21
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
#74
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It's legal to go topless in NYC and there are no problems.

Posted on: 5/23 16:10
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Quote:

HeightsNative wrote:
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thor800 wrote:
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bodhipooh wrote:
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thor800 wrote:
The timing couldn't have been worse - most properties were reassessed at the height of the market


This argument shows a lack of understanding about the revaluation and property taxes. Whether it had been at the height of the market, or bottom, it doesn't matter. If the market had been lower, then the property tax rate would have been higher.

The city needed collect X amount of money.

X = (total value of market) * (tax rate)

If (total value of market) is lower, then (tax rate) has to go up, as X is constant in a revaluation.

The only thing that would make a difference is how different areas stack or compare against each other. The almost four year delay in the reval actually helped DTJC, as that period saw an accelerated increase in valuation in areas outside of DTJC, which translated into properties outside of DTJC getting relative higher levies than they would have 5 years ago.

In any case, the timing matters little. The reval was overdue, and DTJC was in for a HUGE increase regardless of when the reval had been completed. Those who claim the timing was terrible because it is a high market don't understand the issue clearly.



No I completely understand the market - DTJC assessed at the highest values ever with no regard for corresponding drop in market value after taxes double and no guidance moving forward.

Yes it was way overdue and definitely not fair for residents in other words to overpay for years, but also not fair to saddle downtown with absurdly high taxes with no clear plan to reassess more regularly in the future.


They're not "absurdly high taxes"; they're exactly the taxes one should pay for a residence in a particular market. Also, at a rate of 1.62% is still one of the lowest tax RATES in the entire state. Try paying 2.3% or whatever the state average is, on these valuations, then I'd say whoa. But again, there are options: reverse mortgages, the senior freeze, etc.


those are only options if you are a senior 62 or older.

again - youre missing the point about not making any allowances for resulting market impacts

Posted on: 5/23 15:48
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Re: Kushner in New Jersey unraveling
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Stringer wrote:

In Jersey City, It’s Kushner vs. Kushner in a Race to Develop

By Charles V. Bagli - May 21, 2018

JERSEY CITY — The decade-long blood feud between the Kushner brothers, Charles and Murray, has already put one brother in jail.

Now, the men, who haven’t spoken in 15 years, are rivals in the development of Journal Square in Jersey City, the site of one failed project after another for the past three decades.

Their ability to get along — or not — could affect this important corner of a rapidly changing city of 264,000 people.

Journal Square is less a neighborhood than a maze of streets occupied by a bus depot and a PATH station, dowdy retail, a community college, low-income housing and a restored landmark theater converted into a Jehovah’s Witnesses Assembly Hall.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/ ... l-square-development.html



Your entitlement is disgusting, Charles...“We are front and center in Journal Square,” Mr. Kushner said. “We are certainly entitled to some sort of tax abatement for enhancing the area.”



Posted on: 5/23 15:45
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
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You are correct, never argue with stupid people, next you will be saying the lack of oxygen will not kill people and men in general has no reaction to naked breasts. And all the men who brought Playboy before the internet only read the magazine for the articles.

Posted on: 5/23 15:33
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Re: Notice of violation & Order to correct - JCFD
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MDM wrote:
What is the deal with 'windowless basement'? Are the windows required as an alternative to escape a fire or something?


Yes, exactly. A second means of egress. Most cities I've lived in have that same law. And that means no window bars on said basement window as well.

Posted on: 5/23 14:40
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
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Yvonne, Since you feel like quoting others here's one specifically for you:

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

- Mark Twain

And what does drinking on Newark Ave have to do with this thread? Absolutely nothing. You just can't stay on topic can you?

Oh, the horror of topless women in public!


Posted on: 5/23 14:34
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Re: Notice of violation & Order to correct - JCFD
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What is the deal with 'windowless basement'? Are the windows required as an alternative to escape a fire or something?

Posted on: 5/23 14:29
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
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Yvonne wrote:
People complains about the drinking on Newark Av and the rowdy atmosphere. I have friends who live there. You add the toxic mix of ladies with no tops and you will have problems. You can deny human nature all you want but problems will arise, it will not be just Newark Avenue, it will be festivals where beer is served during the hot summer months. JC do not need this problem.



How about women breastfeeding their babies?

Strange how we've been conditioned to think this is something naughty if done in the public....

Yet the live nutrients and enzymes are so much healthier for newborns then the overpriced Similac and similar expenisve items marketed to newly minted parents.


Posted on: 5/23 14:28
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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Sorry, I'm not seeing how having cars driving down the road would have any effect on the number of drunk people wandering around. What's the connection?

Posted on: 5/23 14:17
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Re: Jersey City Fire prevention Division violations
#83
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Quote:

Bamb00zle wrote:
This “Windowless basement” violation is a complete, total racket, and has been for 30 years. I’ve left you a lengthy pm with additional details.


I doubt anyone would object to your posting your lengthy pm here, I'm real interested in this subject! The state seems to have no qualms about citations on long existing conditions in Greencarded buildings, like suddenly requiring handrails on basement hatch steps or exterior backyard lighting. If the city is getting into the game, that's going to be a hassle. I think I've had one fire inspection in 20 years.

Posted on: 5/23 14:12
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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Generic response "it's a city, etc..etc...etc.. there's noise in a city..etc..etc".. hit snooze button.

1. Exchange Place is very lightly trafficked, easy to close a dead end street.

2. Newark Avenue could have widened the sidewalks, converted to one lane, and put an ordinance on the number of bars in a zoned area. Thus reducing the Beale / Bourbon Street effect.

3. Columbus and Grand SHOULD have center barriers for safety reasons, it's a no brainer, yet, radio silence.

4. After 9 PM, this Newark Restaurant Row turns into a nightmare for residents who have lived in the general proximity for years. How about we close your block and open up bars?

5. Proposal to close MLK and Central, just the same as prior to closing Newark Avenue, prop up and create new eating and drinking establishments / businesses and make it a car free zone.

6. More parks = better quality of life.

I am not against the idea, but it needs to be smarter, with a plan and purpose and zoned better. From what I see, Newark Avenue has been closed for 2 years....still has crumbling sidewalks, cheesy planters, a street painted green. Wow. Fabulous.

Posted on: 5/23 14:07
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Re: NJ Tax Law change today
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
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People complains about the drinking on Newark Av and the rowdy atmosphere. I have friends who live there. You add the toxic mix of ladies with no tops and you will have problems. You can deny human nature all you want but problems will arise, it will not be just Newark Avenue, it will be festivals where beer is served during the hot summer months. JC do not need this problem.

Posted on: 5/23 13:55
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
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What does any of that have to do with the ban on toplessness and sex toys? Yvonne you're usually full of BS but this one is even more surpising. jcneighbor is right, you and Boggiano seem to be stuck in some timewarp from 40 years ago.


Also that link you just posted has this in huge letters right down at the bottom:
Sexual violence has fallen by half in the last 20 years.
https://www.rainn.org/statistics/scope-problem

Quote:
The rate of sexual assault and rape has fallen 63% since 1993, from a rate of 4.3 assaults per 1,000 people in 1993, to 1.6 per 1000 in 2015.1

Posted on: 5/23 13:41
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Re: Putting in a vapor barrier or slab in basement?
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Maybe a slab with french drains around?

Subscribed, for similar reasons. Not our basement thankfully, but a garage/shed building we have has a similar issue with a slab in place, it does have room for drainage but the link to outside drains have perished, so it puddles a bit.

Posted on: 5/23 12:43
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Re: JC Topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history
#89
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jcneighbor wrote:
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Yvonne wrote:
I still remember Times Square before the clean up of sex shops and Go-Go clubs. Men would exit those sex shops touching their crotch areas and eyeing females walking on the sidewalks. Progress? I don't think so.


And what does Times Square in the 70s/80s have to do with JC in 2018? Nothing...


"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.". George Santayana. The human race has not changed. In fact according to the FBI stats, rapes are increasing. It is one in five for females.
Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, the majority being females. https://www.rainn.org/statistics

Posted on: 5/23 12:36
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Quote:

thor800 wrote:
Quote:

bodhipooh wrote:
Quote:

thor800 wrote:
The timing couldn't have been worse - most properties were reassessed at the height of the market


This argument shows a lack of understanding about the revaluation and property taxes. Whether it had been at the height of the market, or bottom, it doesn't matter. If the market had been lower, then the property tax rate would have been higher.

The city needed collect X amount of money.

X = (total value of market) * (tax rate)

If (total value of market) is lower, then (tax rate) has to go up, as X is constant in a revaluation.

The only thing that would make a difference is how different areas stack or compare against each other. The almost four year delay in the reval actually helped DTJC, as that period saw an accelerated increase in valuation in areas outside of DTJC, which translated into properties outside of DTJC getting relative higher levies than they would have 5 years ago.

In any case, the timing matters little. The reval was overdue, and DTJC was in for a HUGE increase regardless of when the reval had been completed. Those who claim the timing was terrible because it is a high market don't understand the issue clearly.



No I completely understand the market - DTJC assessed at the highest values ever with no regard for corresponding drop in market value after taxes double and no guidance moving forward.

Yes it was way overdue and definitely not fair for residents in other words to overpay for years, but also not fair to saddle downtown with absurdly high taxes with no clear plan to reassess more regularly in the future.


They're not "absurdly high taxes"; they're exactly the taxes one should pay for a residence in a particular market. Also, at a rate of 1.62% is still one of the lowest tax RATES in the entire state. Try paying 2.3% or whatever the state average is, on these valuations, then I'd say whoa. But again, there are options: reverse mortgages, the senior freeze, etc.

Posted on: 5/23 12:13
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