Frank Sinatra may have done things his way, but the crooner's hometown of Hoboken, N.J., may need to suspend self-reliance for the time being and accept state-level guidance as to how best to shore up an estimated $11.7 million deficit for the current fiscal year.

City Council members Sunday night rejected, in a 5-to-4 vote, a plan to ask New Jersey's Local Finance Board to allow Hoboken to raise property taxes beyond the 4% cap imposed on municipalities to help meet over-expenditures in fiscal 2008, which ends June 30.

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