Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that an increase to property taxes was an irresponsible decision by the State of New Jersey. The benefit to taxpayers to carefully budget their city government under the "hearing of the citizens" ordinance has lead city government into an irresponsible state of operation for Newark Public Schools.
Press Release - City of Newark and AIRBNB agree to Tax AIRBNB at the same rate as hotels: 6 percent. This agreement regulates the Airbnb in Newark for the first time. The City of Newark expects to gain an estimated $750,000 in revenue from this agreement within the first year of the expansion.
Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, along with incoming Police Chief Darnell Henry, and members of the Newark Municipal Council broadcasted Newark's 45-Day Plan to reduce crime and violence in a major news conference yesterday. The name is "Operation Forge Ahead," and the 45-day nine-point plan to reduce crime and violence in Newark by creating collaboration between police and residents.
Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Director of Health and Community Wellness Dr. Hanaa Hamdi announced that the City of Newark worked to diligently to offer comprehensive services for the City's transient population before Blizzard 2016. In a public-private collaboration which offered amenities and shelter to 370 homeless men and women, 300 transients have received services since the beginning of the storm. The City partnered with private agencies to care for residents at risk.
The City of Newark has announced that police, fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected by the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Street-sweeping, garbage, and bottling recycling collection services will take place during the next normal collection day in Zone A, on Thursday, January 21. Paper recycling will occur on Monday, January 25, 2016.
Mayor Ras J. Baraka will announce an Innovative Five-Year tax abatement for business and housing construction throughout the City tomorrow. This announcement will be made on Monday, January 11, at 1 p.m. at City Hall Rotunda, located at 920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ. The Five-Year tax abatement plan will cover areas outside of the downtown district, airport, and seaport benefit from tax ordinance.
Mayor Baraka reminds residents that a City Ordinance is in effect for Landlords as of October 1, 2015, and continuing through May 1, 2016. Landlords must provide tenants with heat at 68 degrees from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 65 degrees from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., or City inspectors will respond to tenants' complaints of no heat or hot water. New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division of Codes and Standards has also set a bulletin with basic information about the responsibilities of landlords