JERSEY CITY — The Fulop administration is backing off its deliberate relocation of the Katyn monument in an effort to halt an anticipated delay in a brand new payroll tax, based on an electronic mail obtained by The Jersey Journal.

Mayor Steve Fulop despatched council members an electronic mail on Tuesday telling them his administration would ask them to introduce an ordinance Wednesday that might rescind its June 13 ordinance that licensed transferring the monument from Change Place to York Avenue.

Fulop and his council allies had beforehand made the choice to let voters resolve by way of a Dec. 11 referendum whether or not to approve the deliberate relocation, however the mayor informed council members in his electronic mail he is frightened that the identical petition drive used to attempt to reverse the council’s Katyn ordinance could be used to cease implementation of the payroll tax, a 1 p.c enterprise tax meant to assist fund the native faculty district.

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The tax, which the council is predicted to undertake by the top of the 12 months, is opposed by enterprise teams.

“Whereas many of those builders have gained hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in advantages from being in Jersey Metropolis they proceed to threaten town that they’ll ‘spend no matter essential to oppose’ a tax on them,” Fulop’s electronic mail reads. “It’s upsetting and unlucky that some giant companies right here nonetheless do not feel it is very important be companions with our residents.”

Transferring the Katyn statue, Fulop added, is secondary to high school funding.

If council members oblige, the motion could be cheered by members of the Polish neighborhood, who’ve staunchly opposed transferring the Katyn statue since Fulop first proposed the plan earlier this 12 months. The statue commemorates the 1940 bloodbath of over 20,000 Polish individuals by the Soviet Union.

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After the council licensed transferring the statue at its June 13 assembly, a committee fashioned to guide a petition drive to overturn the measure. The petition drive is permitted by a state regulation that enables voters to reverse ordinances. After the council declined to rescind the ordinance by itself, the query of whether or not the Katyn statue could be moved was headed for a particular election on Dec. 11.

Metropolis officers imagine {that a} well-funded group that opposes the payroll tax would provoke an analogous petition drive to overturn the tax as soon as the council adopts the plan.

However the state regulation that enables for the petition drive additionally prohibits greater than of those particular elections in any six-month interval. If the payroll tax opposition efficiently gathered sufficient signatures to pressure a particular election, it might additionally halt assortment of the tax till that election, which could not come till November 2019.

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“Given the chance of permitting a Katyn referendum to maneuver ahead on December 11th after which set off the unintended penalties of pushing the ‘Employer Company Tax’ out one 12 months (until November 2019) for a second referendum is a danger to excessive for our public colleges and one which I’m not prepared to take,” Fulop’s electronic mail reads.

The payroll tax was proposed to assist offset state help cuts to Jersey Metropolis’s colleges, which can quantity to $20 million within the 2019-20 faculty 12 months and can complete over $170 million within the subsequent seven years. Fulop has been spinning the tax as one on companies, however it can hit a enterprise of any measurement (the wages of Jersey Metropolis residents could be exempt).

Terrence T. McDonald could also be reached at [email protected] Observe him on Twitter @terrencemcd. Discover The Jersey Journal on Fb.


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