Brigantine Greenhead Politics. A Story That Taxpayers Were Never Told.
When John Costello was hired as the new Director of Public Works for Brigantine, he was expected to maintain the status quo and enjoy the ride at taxpayers’ expense. Costello instead began an earnest effort to clean up the city, which resulted in an immaculate town filled with delighted residents.
Tough Love for Brigantine: Schools, Business and Real Estate Trends in 2018.
Brigantine Taxpayers Association (BTA) has penned another open letter to the residents of Brigantine. The BTA asked: What’s Ahead for Brigantine? Let’s take a look at some of the current trends in Brigantine, as influenced by the BTA’s recent letter. The residential population of Brigantine is in steady decline. In
Brigantine Property Taxes & Appeal Process Questioned by 2nd Homeowners
Ron Main, a Brigantine 2nd home-owner, has a collection of data that suggests many tax assessments are wildly inaccurate. Especially for part-time residents… that pay full-time taxes… and can’t vote. He has made his case to Brigantine’s City Council who have largely scoffed at his findings. WATCH VIDEO. Mr. Main
Brigantine Public Employee Salary Chart 2018
The Brigantine Taxpayers Association (BTA) has published the 2018 Brigantine public employee salary chart. Facts about the salaries of public employees are a public record. The BTA presents these facts as a public service to help Brigantine taxpayers evaluate their municipal government’s expenditure of taxes and revenue. Summary: 2018 SALARIES
Army Corp Dredging. Fishing Decline, Clogged Back Bays.
Local Jersey coast fisherman are growing increasingly more angry at the Army Corps of Engineers and the NJ DEP. Dredging and dune building by these 2 agencies is killing fishing and marine life, they claim. Anglers made their feelings known on the recent ‘Shep on Fishing’ radio show. ‘Horrifying. What
Council OK’s Homeowner Dune Maintenance in Brigantine. DEP in Dark?
Some consider this an environmental crime in Brigantine. Screwing with the dunes without DEP (Dept of Environmental Protection) approval. Dune maintenance permits for a select group of private beachfront homeowners. Watch Brigantine City Council from 11.7.2018 > Special rights handed out to favored homeowners, in order to groom dunes to
How Election Results Affect Brigantine Homeowners, Flood Insurance and Real Estate
What can Brigantine expect from last night’s election results? What does a new Congress mean for Brigantine Real Estate? We’re guessing plenty of gridlock with tax reform, flood insurance and other housing policy. Brigantine homeowners can expect flat Real Estate values and additional retail store closings. The epidemic of vacant store
Greenhead Thug Politics Alive And Well in Brigantine
No matter how many threats, intimidation, or physical assaults against members of BrigantineNOW, we will never stop representing best interest of all taxpayers, especially 2nd homeowners. Shame on TROY PLATT and his recent physical assault on a member of BrigantineNOW. His filthy language and abusive behavior in a local Brigantine
Taking Back Brigantine. Step by Step Guide by Albert Zini
Brigantine homeowners, especially those who invested heavily in secondary vacation homes, have been stepping up their inquiries into a variety of questionable City Hall financial activity. For over 15 years, Brigantine has been consistently identified as having some of the worst record keeping & financial accounting of any small town
Letter To The Editor: Wake Up Brigantine
When are the people going to wake up in Brigantine? When you go to a Council meeting and participate in public comment, they listen to you, and the Mayor says thank you. That’s the end of it. Why? The answer is: Because the six Brigantine Republican council members have already
Audit Reveals Brigantine Homeowners Over-Taxed. $6.3 Million Slush Fund.
A tiny Brigantine tax cut right before an election. A smooth move after 3 years of over-taxation. A recent financial review of Brigantine tax monies reveal that homeowners were indeed, over-taxed. Citizen audit reveals Brigantine homeowners over-taxed for past 3 years. A $6.3 million slush fund. That’s what some are
Refund: Dune Carve-Out in Brigantine. DEP Duped?
In 2015, Brigantine’s Mayor Guenther lowered taxes for one lucky resident who seems to have removed protected dunes in order to have more private, beachfront space. Guenther wanted the property value of 406 23rd Street South reduced by $384,000. A refund was issued for $6,554.88. Should this ‘restricted’ parcel get a
Brigantine Teachers: 6th Highest Paid in New Jersey
It’s been reported by NJ.com that Brigantine has the 6th highest paid teachers in New Jersey. This comes on the heels of news revealed last week, that the Brigantine School District may have received pre-school funding using an error-prone application. Note: the term ‘median’ means half of the teachers get
Sera & Simpson Accused of Brigantine School Funding Scam, Plan to Shutter Popular Sea-Tots?
BrigantineNOW learned of another, sad story of Brigantine Green Head Politics in action. The following post comes from comments posted here on Sept 4, 2018. Here are some excerpts, lightly edited for clarity: Hello, my name is William Kuchinsky. My wife Joanne and I own Sea Tot’s Early learning Center.
Could Councilman Simpson Benefit From High-Density Housing Development in Brigantine?
Why did Mayor Guenther and Councilman Simpson of Brigantine stop having council meetings recorded and posted on YouTube? Do they fear taxpayers of Brigantine would be alarmed at the recent and very controversial hi-density housing plans that will soon come to Brigantine? Does Simpson prefer to hide the fact that
Brigantine Taxpayers Can Learn From Ocean City Homeowners
Brigantine homeowners can learn much from Ocean City taxpayers…. many of whom are 2nd homeowners, just like in Brigantine. OC taxpayers enjoy a very comprehensive website & Facebook page that keeps ALL taxpayers up to date on how their money is spent. Meeting minutes, calendar of events, newsletters, etc. http://FairnessinTaxes.com/
Who Owns Most Property Along South Jersey Shore?
Who owns the most South Jersey shore real estate? It’s those from Philadelphia and its suburbs, who own the majority of seashore property. That’s according to a recent report at Philly.com. Philly Area Residents Dominate Jersey Shore Home-Ownership Of course… this report fired up the comments section. Many went overboard and
Part-Time Brigantine Residents Have No Control over Local Politicians
From Philadelphia Magazine: There’s a real romanticism to the notion that Shore towns (like Brigantine) become almost private enclaves for the people who decide to live in them permanently. But there’s a flip side to that coin. The number of full-time Brigantine residents continues to decline. That means fewer eyes
Mayor & City Manager Under Fire for Longevity Payments
Salary ordinance stuff. Public employee unions. Another money grab outta the deep pockets of 2nd home-owners. As you may know, back in 2013, Brigantine City Council voted to STOP doling out longevity payments. These are payments given to employees…for just showing up to work. Yup. Brigantine taxpayers still foot the
Brigantine Links Golf Mortgage Paid Off, But Questions Remain.
It’s official, the City of Brigantine finally owns the Links Golf Course. Built in 1927, the Scottish style 18 hole golf course was originally known as the Brigantine Country Club. In 1989, the course was sold and the name was changed to the Brigantine Golf Links. In 2002, City Council voted