Brigantine City Council had a choice. Raise taxes again…. or lower them. That was the key issue at this week’s festivities inside Brigantine City Hall. Three budget choices were debated. The Democrats lead by Councilman Pullella agreed to the proposed city budget with a 3.4-cent increase.
The vote was split along party lines. Really….no kidding?
Republican councilman Andy Simpson and Mayor Phil Guenther put up a good fight, but couldn’t overcome the majority Democratic votes of council. Simpson & Guenther wanted some forecasted FEMA reimbursement funds for tax relief. Team Pullella disagreed, opting to reduce debt rather than provide relief to struggling local taxpayers in Brigantine.
According to Beachcomber News, if approved, the 3.4-cent increase means: if your Brigantine home is assessed at $500,000, you’ll have a tax bill of $2,606 – that’s a whopping 7% increase. Sadly, if some of the forecasted FEMA reimbursement went for tax relief, it could have reduced the tax rate by .09 cents – a savings of about $40 for average taxpayer.
A final council vote to adopt the budget will be held May 15, at the next council meeting.
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Happy with elected officials representing your best interests? Full and part-time homeowners in Brigantine have much in common; both are passionately united for more accountability in city government. Frustrated second homeowners (approx 70% of city tax base) can’t cast a vote and have to watch all of this from the sideline.
Full-time residents get hurt extra hard, as their Brigantine home is their one and only.
It’s great to see more taxpayers & business owners stepping up and demanding that Brigantine get its financial house in order. Bloated government budgets, un-sustainable employee count, crazy salaries, city contracts from hell….
Welcome to Brigantine Beach, an island you’ll love for life.
See Beachcomber News coverage of this issue here.