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Brigantine Taxpayers Can Learn From Ocean City Homeowners

Brigantine homeowners can learn much from Ocean City taxpayers…. many of whom are 2nd homeowners, just like in Brigantine. OC taxpayers enjoy a very comprehensive website & Facebook page that keeps ALL taxpayers up to date on how their money is spent. Meeting minutes, calendar of events, newsletters, etc. http://FairnessinTaxes.com/ We hope the BTA, Brigantine …

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Who Owns Most Property Along South Jersey Shore?

Who owns the most South Jersey shore real estate? It’s those from Philadelphia and its suburbs, who own the majority of seashore property. That’s according to a recent report at Philly.com. Philly Area Residents Dominate Jersey Shore Home-Ownership Of course… this report fired up the comments section. Many went overboard and their rants were promptly deleted. …

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Part-Time Brigantine Residents Have No Control over Local Politicians

From Philadelphia Magazine: There’s a real romanticism to the notion that Shore towns (like Brigantine) become almost private enclaves for the people who decide to live in them permanently. But there’s a flip side to that coin. The number of full-time Brigantine residents continues to decline. That means fewer eyes on local government officials who …

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Mayor & City Manager Under Fire for Longevity Payments

Salary ordinance stuff. Public employee unions. Another money grab outta the deep pockets of 2nd home-owners. As you may know, 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. Yup. Brigantine taxpayers still foot the bill for lawsuits, longevity pay, …

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Brigantine Links Golf Mortgage Paid Off, But Questions Remain.

It’s official, the City of Brigantine finally owns the Links Golf Course. Built in 1927, the Scottish style 18 hole golf course was originally known as the Brigantine Country Club. In 1989, the course was sold and the name was changed to the Brigantine Golf Links. In 2002, City Council voted to purchase the property for …

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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 public employees that simply show …

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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 payroll is $11.5 million, an …

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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, 30% of property taxes are …

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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 Million Brigantine City Budget was …

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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 dramatic, almost draconian cutbacks. But …

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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 his well-tuned bullsh*t. Just like …

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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 Enrollment. 52 fewer students…year over …

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Mayor Guenther Ignores Law Regarding Public Union Contracts

BRIGANTINE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION called out Mayor 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 parties are the City of Brigantine, …

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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 payroll exceeds $11 million. Brigantine …

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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 the development of Bed and …

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