Brigantine Still Handing Out Longevity Pay, 4 Years After Voting to Stop It.
Time to once again point the finger at Brigantine’s City Manager Stinson. According to the BTA, Brigantine Taxpayers Association, it looks like Mr. Stinson didn’t get the memo. Brigantine longevity pay was phased out in 2013, but Stinson is still doling out the cash. Longevity pay is bonus money for
Brigantine Public Employee Salary 2017
2017 SALARIES – CITY OF BRIGANTINE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES Brigantine population in 2010 was 9,400. Estimates suggest 8,000 in 2017. 175 positions of employment in Brigantine. That’s 3 more than 2016. 34 police officers 34 firefighters/emt’s 44 employees with salary of $100,000+ 25% of Brigantine public employees make $100,000+ Total listed
2017 Brigantine Public School Employee Salary Report
It’s getting worse. Enrollment in Brigantine’s elementary and middle schools has declined to just 611 students. There are 52 fewer students in Brigantine, compared Sept 2015. Click here to see: 2017 Brigantine School Salary Chart Brigantine school student enrollment is now declining at a faster clip. Even with that stark news,
2017 Brigantine City Budget: Huge Surplus, Golf Course Losses
On March 1, the Brigantine City auditor shared details on the Island’s massive, $5.6 million budget surplus, Links Golf Course losses and larger employee expenses. City Manager Ed Stinson and Chief Financial Officer Roxanne Tosto worked on the controversial budget proposal that didn’t sit well with local residents. A $31
SERA & Brigantine Council OK Raises & Bigger Pension Payouts. VIDEO
As most Jersey shore towns tighten their belts, the tiny island of Brigantine is spending more than ever. Especially in regards to public employees. See video from MARCH 1, 2017 Brigantine City Council meeting. Right across the bridge in Atlantic City, public safety employees in AC are on verge of
Council Recap. Brigantine Mayor Hides Public Union Terms
Mayor Phil Guenther won rave reviews for his Nancy Pelosi impression at Brigantine City Council on Wed night, Feb 1. It was classic Phil. Smooth, but really dumb. Sounds smart when you first hear it, but after you chew on it a bit….you realize Phil has almost baffled you with
2016 Brigantine Schools: Enrollment & Grades Down, Expenses Up.
A recent letter was sent to the Brigantine Board of Education and School Superintendent. it came from the Brigantine Taxpayers Association (BTA). Here are some of the bullet pointed contained within: Approx 1/3 of each tax dollar goes toward the school district, one that has declining enrollment and rising expenses. Declining
Mayor Guenther Ignores Law Regarding Public Union Contracts
BRIGANTINE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION called out Mayor Phil Guenther in the local papers this week. BTA president Anne Philips asks: Why is Brigantine City Council keeping taxpayers in the dark about public union contracts? A new police contract, to replace the one which expired on 12/31/16, is being negotiated. The two
65% of Brigantine Tax Dollars Go To Public Employee Compensation
The Brigantine Taxpayers Association published their annual recap and review of city expenditures. Even as most cities in New Jersey are downsizing, Brigantine is still the one town where it’s ‘business as usual’. Let’s review…. About 65% of Brigantine’s municipal budget is set aside for public employee salaries. 2016 City
2016 Master Plan for Brigantine. Why Two Schools?
The Brigantine Planning Board quietly adopted a new Master Plan for Brigantine on Sept 28, 2016. Have you seen it? Me neither. Why did they keep it a secret? No public input, no council discussion. Click to see 2016 Brigantine Master Plan here. Brigantine-2016-Master-Plan-Report Did you know? Brigantine is encouraging
Special Tax Treatment for Brigantine Council Candidate
Need a sure-fire way to get your Brigantine property taxes lowered? Hate it when the Brigantine taxman won’t decrease your home’s assessment value….but does it for your neighbor? 3-step plan that provides sweet Brigantine tax relief…pronto: #1. Say nice things about Brigantine Mayor Guenther & Councilman Simpson #2. Attack anyone
Killing Brigantine Business. Overbuilding Accelerates Real Estate Price Declines.
Killing off another Brigantine business to build more un-needed homes? To those who rely on a robust business community, it does look that way. This time, the take down target is Brigantine Auto on the busy lighthouse circle. Take-down tool being employed by City of Brigantine: force small business owner
Expanded 4×4 Beaches in Brigantine? Links Golf Bleeding Cash.
Links Golf Course losing greater amounts of money. Brigantine CFO Roxanne Tosto was called out for potential accounting mistakes in regards to Brigantine Links Golf Course. How much will taxpayers have to subsidize the course? Over past 3 years, Brigantine taxpayers have coughed up $1.5 million to keep the Golf Course afloat.
Brigantine and Simpson: Financial Hanky Panky with Doran Engineering?
WATCH VIDEO > “Financial Hanky Panky” says Brigantine Councilman Andy Simpson as he claims ignorance of details pertaining to $38,000 per month….for 10 months….being paid to DORAN ENGINEERING. Mayor Guenther, along with City Manager Stinson, also claim ignorance to past illegal billing, and once again re-hired DORAN ENGINEERING. Residents not
Brigantine Municipal Spending Hurting Real Estate Sales
While many South Jersey shore towns have made a modest Real Estate rebound, Brigantine still struggles to attract buyers to the island. According to the Berkshire Hathaway Brigantine website, only 25 home sales were recorded in the 2nd quarter of 2016. This compares to the 101 Brigantine homes sold in
Brigantine Re-Hires Doran Engineering, Known for Improper Billing
WATCH VIDEO > Doran Engineering, well-known & well-documented for improper & likely illegal billing of services to the City of Brigantine, has been re-hired. According to the Brigantine Beachcomber, Mayor Guenther said: “I don’t know of any evidence of improper billing”. Is 26+ year Mayor Phil Guenther’s memory failing him?
Letter to Editor. Brigantine City Manager Contract is a Problem
Dear Editor: City council approved recently an employment contract for the City manager who was appointed by council in 2015. There are several aspects of this agreement which should be known by, and of interest to, taxpayers, more so than might be expected from such a document. The Brigantine Taxpayers Association
Brigantine Report Shows Over-Taxation, Employee Count UP.
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
Brigantine Council Meeting Videos Deleted. Info Blackouts.
Let’s keep Brigantine 2nd homeowners in the dark. It certainly seems that way. WATCH VIDEO. “You can DVR it”, says the snickering Simpson, obviously not caring that 75% of taxpayers don’t have access to the local signal. It’s well noted that U-stream used to record & archive every meeting. It worked
Links at Brigantine Golf Course Preps for Even Worse 2016.
The Brigantine Links Golf Course was on the verge of rebound & revitalization with Golf Management expert Ron Jaworski at the table. Our course was minutes from helping to boost local Real Estate values and Brigantine tourism. Indeed, Ron Jaworski Golf was quite interested in turning around our money losing,