Nice to see the Press of Atlantic City shine some light on the lack of municipal transparency in many towns. Especially in Brigantine.
The Press article hits close to home for 75% of Brigantine homeowners. They pay most of the bills, can’t vote, and are blocked from watching how their tax dollars are being spent.
Brigantine goes the extra mile in keeping 2nd homeowners in the dark. City Hall just cancelled their public meeting live-streams.
Based on the video above, Brigantine officials might be hiding a private, ‘personal page’ that provides limited, online access to these meetings.
Brigantine politicians don’t want you to see how the sausage is made.Brigantine Taxpayer
Not pretty watching tax dollars supporting 6 figure salaries, boat checks, longevity pay and fat pensions.
Mayor Sera places most focus on what he calls… ‘priority homeowners’…. full-time residents. The ones that vote.
One of the least transparent shore towns? Brigantine is up there. Former Mayor Phil Guenther, and current Mayor Vince Sera, for years have thwarted efforts to provide better taxpayer access to meetings.
Make sure people have access to meetings, to know what’s going on. Not just for priority homeowners here. There’s a lot of secondary homeowners that said only way to see us is through online. Mayor Sera
Why? Brigantine removed archived public meeting videos from their city YouTube page. Good thing hyper-local websites like BrigantineNOW made copies of that stuff. See videos below.
According to the Press of AC, residents insisted that if council meetings were broadcast online, more people would participate and know what was going on in their community.
To be sure, there was a silver lining to the pandemic. Jersey shore taxpayers loved the easy, online access to meetings like Council / Commissioner and the Planning & Zoning Board.
Most towns don’t stream or archive school board meetings. Parents are increasingly irate about this.
The Brigantine School District makes up a large portion of the city budget.
Why hide the Brigantine School Board meetings? Don’t wanna let parents know about new curriculum?
Elected officials in Brigantine are reducing, restricting, or shutting down access to their public meetings. This problem has plagued Brigantine for close to 10 years.