Your recent article regarding "talks" to help Montclair businesses in the coronavirus surge does not touch the real issue with the problem.

As a business owner and Montclair resident for over 40 years, I always struggled with the businesses-unfriendly attitude Montclair has. I believe the real issue for the local businesses, especially during the pandemic, is not finding workers, but rather the high rents, high property taxes and lack of parking.

I would like Montclair to address the following:
• Help at local and state level with rents. Give tax incentives to business property owners to decrease their rents.
• Decrease the local property taxes on buildings designated for businesses.
• Allow more time on the parking meters and mostly find more parking. On weekends and holidays, allow parking in municipal buildings and schools parking lots. Actually, this might be a way to make more money for the township.

I hope that rather continuing "talking about the issue," something gets done.

Aurora De Juliis


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