Letter to the Editor: Brigantine’s Second Home Owners Like Brigantine’s City Council, all residents want to welcome you back for a great summer on your Beautiful Island. What you may not know, is that for your convenience, City Council set aside two meeting, at City Hall, starting at 9:00am on Saturday June 6th and Saturday July 18th.
As a non-resident you can’t vote for City Council, and since your taxes make up greater than 60% of our revenue, it’s a great opportunity to ask questions on how your dollars are being spent.
One of the biggest potential hits to our city’s budget is the Link’s Golf Course.
The course has been losing money for several years, and since it’s City owned, the taxpayers cover revenue shortfall. At the beginning of 2015 our City Council had an opportunity to lease the Links to the Ron Jaworski’s Group. This would have relieved taxpayers from covering revenue shortfalls. However the Republican majority on council, over Democrat opposition, voted to reject Jaworski’s offer in favor of attempting to make the Links a not for profit golf course.
This again will make taxpayers responsible for any revenue shortfalls.
All taxpayers hope the Links will be profitable but past history is the best predictor of future success. The single largest expense in the City Budget is Labor Costs. This area, through past bad financial decisions has cost the taxpayer dearly.
Since the major city contracts are up for renewal this year, we need the City Manager to negotiate, keeping in mind the current financial conditions, in the taxpayer’s best interest. Have a wonderful and safe summer and enjoy all our island has to offer.
As part of your summer, if possible, plan to attend these two important meetings. This is your opportunity to express any concerns to Council for their review and response.