How to really help Montclair businesses in the pandemic (Letter to the editor)
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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