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Brick Officials Set To Raise Taxes, Blaming Hurricane Sandy

Brick homeowners will see their taxes increase this year as Hurricane Sandy reportedly continues to impact the township's finances.

A taxpayer with a home valued at $258,000, the township median, will see their taxes increase by approximately $67. The shortfall includes $4 million for recovery costs and $2 million in lost tax revenue, according to The Asbury Park Press.

Brick was one of the hardest-hit municipalities when Sandy made landfall Oct. 29, 2012. Approximately 8,500 homes were damaged and the township lost $357 million in property value, according to The Asbury Park Press.

The township has been operating under a series of continuing budget resolutions that have temporarily maintained last year's spending practices so far in 2014. Normally, municipal budgets in New Jersey are adopted in the spring.

Last year, the township's $98,454,540 budget – which included a $7.5 million emergency appropriation in the wake of Superstorm Sandy – was supported by a $64,918,893 tax levy.

Mr. Epping April 04, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Chief I agree that funding schools through property taxes is archaic and has to be changed. the main problem with the pension system isn't on the municipal side but the state, failure to make their obligated payments has created this problem. Guaranteed pension plans are a dinosaur, you will soon see towns going over to 401K plans. I absolutely agree that HB should be for full time employees only, the town could pass an ordinance mandating it, but why would they. I think that an employees pension should be based on its one full time job. If an employee wants a second or third job, after hours, it their choice but it should not be pensionable. years of bad decision making, putting getting re-elected ahead of good fiscal policy making has gotten us to this point. Term limits should also be included in this discussion. One and out
Mrgrumpass April 04, 2014 at 08:53 AM
It seems that a town council is to be in office to represent all the people, and to run the town efficiently, I see that the geniuses in town have their collective heads up each other’s dark and stinky places. If there is a short fall on taxed income in town than they have to let go municipal employees t make up the shortfall, if there are 10 trash collectors for 100 homes and only 80 are inhabited and paying taxes than 2 trash men have to be let go! It’s not rocket science!
MOONPOOL April 04, 2014 at 01:56 PM
The democrats are in control of the council with a supper Marjory. 85% of township workers are democrats. Hired under scarpelli and Kelly overs 14 span. So this council will not lay off any workers to hurt the voting block. How many council people took benefits and pay? Who was hired in the past year who is a Democrat family member??? The list is a who's who's list. Lay them all off.
FIMF the ll April 04, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Divvy up the Ponzi scheme based on the amount contributed and let the public takers handle their own retirement interests.
Sun Tzu April 07, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Geez, Like we didn't see this coming. This is why I joined the Teaparty.

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