Excerpts (edited) from BrigResident III….
The answer (to budget problem) is not getting rid of jobs. Everyone thinks that’s the first thing that should happen. You’d all be singing a different tune if YOUR job were on the line.
If you’re a second homeowner… that’s wonderful. But if you can afford not 1 but 2 homes, the price you pay for taxes is not that huge. Look at other towns that pay the same and have less services. What Brigantine needs is NEW REVENUE.
Brigantine needs to stop the “small tucked away island” thing….and get into the new age. You want Summer people to come to Brigantine, spend about $2,000 a week on a overpriced summer rental and then have to take their families and drive 45 mins or more to go on a boardwalk, water park, real mini-golf course, etc.
We spent 4+ million dollars on a community center that is NOT being used properly. We spent money to buy land for “parking lots”. Instead….let’s get some family stuff on this island, we could survive just like OC, Wildwood, Sea Side, etc.
Brigantine has one over-priced arcade, one hill and grass mini-golf and nothing else. If you want people to come here, build stuff for the families to stay here. 4 or 5 pizza places won’t gonna cut it.
There’s no reason we can’t bring back the Brigantine Castle, Boardwalk with shops, etc.
Salaries & employees are not the issue. Do research on ANY town or city. Over 50% of their budget is salary… with one exception… they have stuff to bring NEW revenue into their towns.. WE DON’T.