The Brigantine Taxpayers Association recently shared the latest salary charts for city employees. Some highlights:
Even though Brigantine City Council voted to end longevity pay a few years ago, long-term employees are still receiving longevity bonus cash.
After all these years, Brigantine is still handing out longevity pay.
Longevity pay comes in the form of bonuses to employees for continued employment with a public entity. The longer an employee works, the larger the longevity bonus is.
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.
The Brigantine Taxpayers Association says: even though it was voted OUT in 2013…..longevity pay was still paid in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019…. in violation of the city’s own ordinance.
Brigantine taxpayers provide platinum healthcare for most employees. Approx $15,000 per year for a single employee, and $39,000 per year to cover a family. This includes prescription, eye & dental.
Brigantine Revolving Door Boosting Pensions
On Jan 22, it was announced that another Brigantine department head will soon retire, less than 2 years after being promoted.
Brigantine residents asking why city allows this expensive revolving door? Employee is knowingly promoted to top position, even though it’s likely they’ll retire in less than 2 years?
This practice allows employee to receive bigger pension, once retired. Retiring Brigantine employee also receives so-called ‘boat check’: Often a 6-figure payout for unused sick & vacation time.
At last count, Brigantine taxpayers are contributing to pensions for approx 12 ex-chiefs.
Money Losing Links at Brigantine Golf
According to the recent Brigantine budget, taxpayers are now subsidizing the money-losing golf course by at least $200,000 per year.
Councilperson Karen Bew. She’s a member of the Brigantine Women’s Golf Association and the Brigantine Golf Course Committee.
According to former Brigantine Mayor, Phil Guenther, the Links Golf course was supposed to be self-sustaining. Recently, Mayor Simpson & Councilman Sera have tried to walk that statement back – ‘the course will never cost the taxpayers a single penny.’
Hiding ugly truth about Brigantine Links Golf Course. It will no longer be broken out with a separate profit/loss statement. This will further obscure / hide expenses associated with this 18-hole asset that’s primarily used as a private course for Brigantine insiders. It’s poorly marketed too.
Brigantine Mayor and Council don’t want objective financial audit.
Brigantine Municipal Auditor. Same one, year after year. Think they’re gonna catch something wrong? Atlantic County Exec Denny Levinson recommends changing auditors every 3 years. Brigantine disagrees.
Brigantine residents are not getting an objective, 3rd party review of municipal finance and management. City needs auditor rotation.
Taxes. Yes, they’re ticking down a bit each year. But not purely due to better fiscal management. Rather, many believe it’s due to the amount of new construction that brings larger property tax assessments. Add to that: inflated, inaccurate assessments that have disproportional, negative effect on 2nd homeowners.
Current administration benefits when majority of taxpayers don’t vote in Brigantine. 75% of Brigantine homeowners have no representation or leverage when addressing City Council.
SEE > 2019 Brigantine Employee Salary and Compensation.
Former Brigantine Mayor Phil Guenther & City Manager Jim Barber were directly responsible for decades of un-sustainable contracts and compensation packages. Both were quite comfortable spending other peoples money.January-22-2020-agenda