100 Locust Berkeley Heights PILOT Cost Benefit Analysis Denied By Clerk.

May 14, 2017

Berkeley Heights Town Council negotiated a PILOT deal with developers of the 100 Locust property.   Under the details of this deal, the developers could potentially only pay 20% of their fair share of taxes for the development.  

In an attempt to understand why we are giving developers such drastic tax abatements,  I OPRA'd the Cost Benefit Analysis for the 100 Locust PILOT.   

It appears either the Council never bothered to do one OR they do not want the public to see it.  Here is what they replied: 

"The documents that you are requesting are exempt from OPRA pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A.1-1, they are inter-agency or intra-agency advisory, consultative or deliberative materials. " 

Are the Berkeley Heights Town Council giving out tax abatements without need?   Or why are the details being hidden from the residents?