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Brigantine Property Taxes & Appeal Process Questioned by 2nd Homeowners

Ron Main, a Brigantine 2nd home-owner, has a collection of data that suggests many tax assessments are wildly inaccurate. Especially for part-time residents… that pay full-time taxes… and can’t vote. He has made his case to Brigantine’s City Council who have largely scoffed at his findings. WATCH VIDEO. Mr. Main sent some of his findings …

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Refund: Dune Carve-Out in Brigantine. DEP Duped?

In 2015, Brigantine’s Mayor Guenther lowered taxes for one lucky resident who seems to have removed protected dunes in order to have more private, beachfront space. Guenther wanted the property value of 406 23rd Street South reduced by $384,000. A refund was issued for $6,554.88. Should this ‘restricted’ parcel get a tax break even though pavers, …

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Brigantine Greenhead Politics. A Story That Taxpayers Were Never Told.

When John Costello was hired as the new Director of Public Works for Brigantine, he was expected to maintain the status quo and enjoy the ride at taxpayers’ expense. Costello instead began an earnest effort to clean up the city, which resulted in an immaculate town filled with delighted residents. Read ‘Greenhead Politics’ below. Widespread …

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Brigantine Still Celebrates Shoobie Tuesday & Seasonal Exit of Taxpaying Majority

A local grass roots organization calling themselves ‘Better Brigantine’ & ‘Concerned Citizens for Brigantine’ don’t seem to be big fans of part-time residents, visitors or tourists. That’s the story we hear from those that set up shop on a Facebook page.  ‘Better Brigantine’ is a name being used by many local organizations. But there’s one …

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Brigantine Taxpayers Can Learn From Ocean City Homeowners

Brigantine homeowners can learn much from Ocean City taxpayers…. many of whom are 2nd homeowners, just like in Brigantine. OC taxpayers enjoy a very comprehensive website & Facebook page that keeps ALL taxpayers up to date on how their money is spent. Meeting minutes, calendar of events, newsletters, etc. http://FairnessinTaxes.com/ We hope the BTA, Brigantine …

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Who Owns Most Property Along South Jersey Shore?

Who owns the most South Jersey shore real estate? It’s those from Philadelphia and its suburbs, who own the majority of seashore property. That’s according to a recent report at Philly.com. Philly Area Residents Dominate Jersey Shore Home-Ownership Of course… this report fired up the comments section. Many went overboard and their rants were promptly deleted. …

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Part-Time Brigantine Residents Have No Control over Local Politicians

From Philadelphia Magazine: There’s a real romanticism to the notion that Shore towns (like Brigantine) become almost private enclaves for the people who decide to live in them permanently. But there’s a flip side to that coin. The number of full-time Brigantine residents continues to decline. That means fewer eyes on local government officials who …

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Mayor & City Manager Under Fire for Longevity Payments

Salary ordinance stuff. Public employee unions. Another money grab outta the deep pockets of 2nd home-owners. As you may know, back in 2013, Brigantine City Council voted to STOP doling out longevity payments. These are payments given to employees…for just showing up to work. Yup. Brigantine taxpayers still foot the bill for lawsuits, longevity pay, …

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Tough Love for Brigantine: Schools, Business and Real Estate Trends in 2018.

Brigantine Taxpayers Association (BTA) has penned another open letter to the residents of Brigantine. The BTA asked: What’s Ahead for Brigantine? Let’s take a look at some of the current trends in Brigantine, as influenced by the BTA’s recent letter. The residential population of Brigantine is in steady decline. In 2000, Brig had a population …

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Brigantine Links Golf Mortgage Paid Off, But Questions Remain.

It’s official, the City of Brigantine finally owns the Links Golf Course. Built in 1927, the Scottish style 18 hole golf course was originally known as the Brigantine Country Club. In 1989, the course was sold and the name was changed to the Brigantine Golf Links. In 2002, City Council voted to purchase the property for …

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Brigantine Still Handing Out Longevity Pay, 4 Years After Voting to Stop It.

Time to once again point the finger at Brigantine’s City Manager Stinson. According to the BTA, Brigantine Taxpayers Association, it looks like Mr. Stinson didn’t get the memo. Brigantine longevity pay was phased out in 2013, but Stinson is still doling out the cash. Longevity pay is bonus money for public employees that simply show …

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Brigantine Public Employee Salary 2017

2017 SALARIES – CITY OF BRIGANTINE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES Brigantine population in 2010 was 9,400. Estimates suggest 8,000 in 2017. 175 positions of employment in Brigantine. That’s 3 more than 2016. 34 police officers 34 firefighters/emt’s 44 employees with salary of $100,000+ 25% of Brigantine public employees make $100,000+ Total listed payroll is $11.5 million, an …

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2017 Brigantine Public School Employee Salary Report

It’s getting worse. Enrollment in Brigantine’s elementary and middle schools has declined to just 611 students. There are 52 fewer students in Brigantine, compared Sept 2015. Click here to see: 2017 Brigantine School Salary Chart Brigantine school student enrollment is now declining at a faster clip. Even with that stark news, 30% of property taxes are …

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2017 Brigantine City Budget: Huge Surplus, Golf Course Losses

On March 1, the Brigantine City auditor shared details on the Island’s massive, $5.6 million budget surplus, Links Golf Course losses and larger employee expenses. City Manager Ed Stinson and Chief Financial Officer Roxanne Tosto worked on the controversial budget proposal that didn’t sit well with local residents. A $31 Million Brigantine City Budget was …

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SERA & Brigantine Council OK Raises & Bigger Pension Payouts. VIDEO

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 …

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