Brigantine Cuts Funding for Tourism & Business

Brigantine GOP republicansFrom the ARCHIVES: January 31, 2008 Press of Atlantic City

Brigantine cuts funding to tourism/business panel.

City officials have voted to stop diverting part of the proceeds from local mercantile-license fees and rental-inspection fees to the town’s Tourism and Business Development Commission. The city has passed $10 from every $50 mercantile license and $10 from each rental-unit fee along to the commission, but City Council gave preliminary approval this month to a law that would send all that money to the town’s general fund instead.

WHY IT MATTERS: Those two fees added up to about $32,000 a year for the tourism and business commission, according to City Manager (& Public Safety Director) Jim Barber. He says the city’s plan is to make that commission “self-funding and run it in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce.”

WHAT’S NEXT: A public hearing and final vote on the ordinance is scheduled for Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Council meetings start at 5:30 p.m. and appear live on Comcast cable Channel 2 in Brigantine.


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