Brigantine budget issues have delayed the Brigantine budget vote. The minority Republican councilmen put up very strong arguments against the majority Democratic plan. Mayor Guenther and Councilman Simpson provided a much needed voice of reason. Below are summarized excerpts from The Beachcomber News…
Brigantine City Council unable to finalize budget at meeting Wed, April 17. Mayor Guenther and Councilman Simpson still opposed to budget that includes tax increase of 3.4 cents, proposing one that would lower that amount by 2.5 cents.
Discussions grew heated. At one point, Simpson questioned whether using funds obtained from the Community Disaster Loan to offset potential loss of tourist-related revenue was a scam to get that funding. The budget as proposed would increase taxes – on the average residential assessment of nearly $500,000….climbing to $2,606.
City Manager Blumenthal wants all city employees to take a voluntary furlough. Council agreed to continue the budget process at its next meeting on May 1.