Even with the critical Summer season approaching, the 2013 Brigantine budget is still top of mind at City Hall. We were hoping that tourism would take the main stage by now. Instead, Brigantine is still figuring out what to do about large staffing expenses and mounting tax appeals.
Brigantine taxpayers will soon need to pony up $4.5 million in retirement costs. For those that haven’t been paying attention, much of Brigantine’s budget goes to employees salaries and benefits. You don’t read about that too much in the local newspapers.
According to The Press of Atlantic City, Brigantine has 35 employees earning more than $100,000 per year, including 19 in the Fire Department and 13 in the Police Department. Outside of those departments, only the city engineer, city manager and public works supervisor earn comparable pay.
See 2011 Brigantine Employee Salaries here.
Recently, Brigantine city manager; Jennifer Blumenthal, asked for voluntary furloughs to help reduce expense. Brigantine councilman; Frank Kern said the city’s previous auditor had urged council to cut its staffing expenses, but that never happened. “I would not be at all surprised if layoffs in various departments occurred this year in consideration of the 2014 budget,” he said.
Reports also suggest that Brigantine City Hall is embarrassed about the $43,000 loss at our golf course, purchased through NJ Green Acres program. The City’s management of the cryptically named ‘The Links’ has not lived up to it’s potential.
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