Brigantine homeowner; Martin Zini, just received his tax bill. After he picked himself off the floor, Martin decided to compare the tax rates of Brigantine, Avalon, Stone Harbor and Ocean City. It’s not pretty. Here’s what he sent to BrigantineNOW….
A couple interesting facts:
– Brigantine and Avalon have approximate the exact same amount of developed land–4.2 sq miles. The total value of Avalon’s 4.2 sq miles is $7.3 billion. The total value of Brig’s 4.2 sq miles is $3.2 billion. This means that Avalon is worth 2.3x the value of Brigantine. This is despite 3 assets that the Brig possesses that Avalon does not:
- 45 min closer to both Phila and NYC
- much nicer beaches
- a large state park on the island.
The $3.8 billion difference is not due to any “natural advantage” Avalon has, but rather because of the gross incompetence, nepotism and mismanagement of this town (Brigantine).
The Brig’s “powers-that-be” objective is NOT to improve the island, NOT to improve the town or increase property values for homeowners, but rather, their SOLE goal is lifetime employment, perpetual income, job security and FAT pensions for themselves, their family and friends at the expense of the 72% of homeowners who have no say (vote) in how their tax dollars are spent and how the town is run.
Comparable tax rates (per $100 of assessed value):
- Brig: $1.707 (local*-$.711)
- OC: $.883 (local*-$.401)
- Avalon: $.535 (local*-$.250)
- Stone Harbor: $.518 (local*-$.232)
The “local” portion (Brig–$.711) is what the town charges (and keeps). The balance is charged (and goes to) by the county.
Brigantine’s “local” tax rate of $.711 exceeds both Avalon’s and Stone Harbor’s TOTAL tax rates by .18 and .20 respectively and is only .17 less than OCNJ’s TOTAL tax rate.
Homeowners in Avalon pay approximately 50%-60% in property taxes of what we homeowners in Brig pay.
Brigantine’s “local tax rate” is 1.78x , 2.85x and 3.1x higher than OC’s, Avalon’s and Stone Harbor’s “local tax rates”, respectively. For what ?
The public area of this town (beach paths, roads, medians, alleys, street signs, curbs, street lights, sidewalks, no landscaping, beaches seldom raked, mowed grass in public areas not swept or blown, just left in streets and on sidewalks, grass growing thru sidewalks and streets, potholes everywhere, tennis courts and basketball courts in complete disrepair, etc, etc, etc) are a disgrace and a complete embarrassment (and in some cases, a lawsuit-waiting-to-happen)..
Relative to these other beach communities, the public areas of Brigantine are a dump, and the politics, a rotten cesspool.
I strongly encourage all of you to take a ride 30 miles south, and see what Stone Harbor and Avalon are doing on .23 and .25 (per $100), that the folks in Brigantine can not come close to accomplishing on 3xs (.711) the amount of money. You will be outraged
There needs to be a tax-payer revolt by the folks who pay 72% of the taxes around here, but have NO say how OUR money is spent. There needs to be a MAJOR house-cleaning done around here. The nepotism and obscenely bloated budget must end.
Martin Zini; “The Merchant of Menace”