As most Jersey shore towns tighten their belts, the tiny island of Brigantine is spending more than ever. Especially in regards to public employees. See video from MARCH 1, 2017 Brigantine City Council meeting.
Right across the bridge in Atlantic City, public safety employees in AC are on verge of dramatic, almost draconian cutbacks. But not in Brigantine. No sir.
Brigantine City Council and Vince Sera OK MAXIMUM RAISES for Public Employees.
2/3 of Brigantine’ budget goes to public employees. 75% of that bill is taken care of by 2nd homeowners that can’t vote.
- City Manager Stinson gets huge $15,000 raise. $125,000 to $140,000
- CFO Tosto gets $5,000 raise, moving from $110,000 to $115,000
- City Clerk Sweeney will enjoy a $5,000 raise. Moving from $75,000 to $80,000
- Chief of Police Bennett get additional $20,000, going from $130,000 to $150,000
- Fire Chief Platt (from Absecon) gets massive raise of $20,000, moving from $130,000 to $150,000
- Public Works Chief will get $10k raise… $105,000 to $115,000
NOTE: These higher salaries do not include platinum healthcare coverage, which can cost approx $40,000 per employee, per year.
Vacation, sick & personal days in Brigantine, often takes up 30% of total work days.
Delucry: Of the 260 workdays of the Brigantine Fire Chief … 77 days could been taken as vacation, sick, or personal time off.
Brigantine Councilman Vince Sera, looking for NJ State Assembly seat, defended the burying of add-on compensation into the base pay.
Longevity, clothing & education are no longer separate parts of overall comp taken care of by local taxpayers. This dramatically boosts the pension payouts for as long as they live in retirement.
Note: Fire Chief Tiger Platt was well known for highly questionable activity over the years.