The Brigantine City Council budget for 2016 is another whopper. Some surprising and record-breaking activity was revealed.
The municipal fund balance ending Dec 31, 2015 (surplus) was $5,334,840. That’s the highest amount in Brigantine’s history. According to the Brigantine Taxpayers Association, such an outsize amount of money is bad financial practice and is frowned on by the State. It’s a sign of excessive taxation and poor financial management. It’s money taken out of taxpayers’ pockets unnecessarily.
While there was small reduction of 1.54% in the local municipal tax rate, it shouldn’t be seen as brilliant bookkeeping oversight on the part of Brigantine City Council.
The Brigantine Mayor of over 25+ years, Guenther publicly admitted: “We had too much money appropriated in the wrong places. We created a mess.”
Guenther did try to place blame on his political opponents to no avail. The number don’t lie. Neither does a calendar. In 2015, the Republicans lead by Mayor Gunether & Councilman Simpson had the option of lowering taxes in a more substantial way. They did not.
Brigantine employees staffing is up. Full-time residents & students are down.
- 311 employees in 2015
- 329 employees in 2016