Brigantine ‘Glitch Gate’ Explained. Waterfront Project of Councilman Under Scrutiny

According to a recent Brigantine Beachcomber Advertisement paid for by ‘Taxpayers First’, a series of glitches kept occurring at City Hall in regard to Councilman Andy Simpson and his 3 Sunset Court construction project. City Manager/Public Safety Director; Jim Barber, referred to these errors as ‘glitches’ at a City Council meeting.

For those with a preference for simplicity…..here’s our explanation of this Real Estate snafu.

 

Simpson Pickto 3 Sunset 10.27.2014 compress

 

Glitch #1: June 2009 – Construction completed on 3 Sunset Court. C.O. is not issued.

Glitch #2: Andy pays taxes for LAND ONLY.

Glitch #3: Summer 2009 – Property is rented for weddings, private parties and vacation rentals. Without a C.O.

Glitch #4: Letter of violation sent to Mr Simpson for renting house without CO.  Penalties and Interest of up to $2,000 per day are waived by Brigantine construction inspector.

Glitch #5: FEB 2010 – C.O. is issued. Mr. Simpson continues to pay LAND ONLY taxes.

March 2010, Mayor Guenther & City Manager/Public Safety Director Jim Barber, are questioned at council meeting about property violation at 3 Sunset Court.

Glitch #6: Summer 2010 – House rentals proceed AndySimpson continues to pay LAND ONLY taxes

Glitch #7: October 18, 2010 -House is sold. Settlement takes place. ,. l. Simpson pays LAND ONLY taxes.

February 2011. – 2 TAX YEARS LATER… Back taxes are paid by Surety Title, not Mr. Simpson

March 2011-Surety Title files complaint against Andy Simpson for reimbursement of Real Estate taxes paid by Surety:  $48,186.84

City Manager/Public Safety Director  Jim Barber refers to these errors as ‘glitches’at a City Council meeting.

According to AD in Brigantine Beachcomber, Mr Simpson’s property taxes went DOWN $5000 this year.

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Peachie

I would also like a tax reduction, please.

Chris

This horrific information came out during the elections and the full time residences swept it under the rug because it benefits them and Guenther/Simpson to turn a deaf ear. I am a part timer and looking to get off the island because of the abuse of power by Guenther and Simpson. Once the island rids itself of the “old boys club” maybe it will come back. But it will take years to restore itself to what it can be. Shame the full time residences are on the take too at the part time/investor expense. Without the part time/investor types like… Read more »

commentor

what did all the back and forth banter get? nothing. business as usual.

knobbs

competition? this isn’t democrat vs republican, blue vs red, liberal vs conservative… this is the epitome of arrogance, greed and hypocrisy! who can or wants to explain those traits away? especially to mere tax paying constituents. he certainly doesn’t owe an “outsider” any explanation.

how do you explain that paying land only real estate taxes with brigantine’s blessing worked before (albeit not for a period of 2 years) and it didn’t work this time?

commentor

I’m a part time resident and just pay my taxes (which supports the whole of Brigantine). So I really am an outsider looking in. But, Mr. Simpson, this doesn’t look good for you. I’ve read the comments back and forth, looked at the Surety Title’s paperwork (that were on these posts) and as already mentioned, Mr. Simpson, it doesn’t look good. More so, you haven’t been on the up and up. Before these internet comments find you guilty, why not write a clear statement of what went on with this whole ordeal. We all know there are always different sides… Read more »

knobbs

Technically, Simpson never owed back taxes and paid all the taxes he was billed for…because he was never billed for improvements on Sunset for the 2 years improvements were completed and the property was occupied. So his response at the candidates forum although misleading it is in fact accurate. As a taxpayer I find a few things troubling: 1. that a taxpayer with a very valid question is deferred to ask his question at a candidates forum during a council meeting, then when he does, is shouted down and told the question is not relevant. Apparently some feel that a… Read more »