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Brick Won't Adopt Its Municipal Budget Until June

A $3.75 million grant has yet to be allocated to the township, prompting the budget adoption to be postponed

Patch File Photo: Daniel Nee
Patch File Photo: Daniel Nee
Brick officials have delayed adopting the municipal operating budget for another month after federal funding earmarked for Sandy recovery has yet to be allocated.

The status of a $3.75 million essential services grant has yet to be solidified, prompting the township council to put off adopting its budget at the behest of state officials.

Council President Susan Lydecker opened up a mandatory public hearing Tuesday night as scheduled, but no vote took place afterwards. No residents spoke at the hearing.

"We got a call from [the office of] Local Government Services telling us we could not adopt the budget tonight," said Chief Financial Officer Scott Pezarras.

Depending on the disposition of the grant funding, "we may or may not have to have an amendment of the budget," he said.

The budget, developed by the administration of Mayor John Ducey, calls for a tax hike of about $67 for a home assessed at $258,000, the township's average. As proposed, the $97,338,613 operating budget would be supported by a $67,911,538 tax levy.

Lydecker said the reopening of the budget hearing and a final vote would likely occur at the June 24 council meeting. Until then, the township will continue to operate under a series of emergency temporary appropriations.
Sun Tzu May 07, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Come June I will post a reminder that in just two months our property taxes will be due again. Instead of putting money into your kids college account or an emergency fund, just in case you get sick and can't work, you'll be cutting a check that's just a little more than you afford, so that state, county and twp. employees can have health care and retirement that they put little into, for the rest of their lives. Have a nice day everyone.
Mr. Epping May 07, 2014 at 10:25 AM
most township employees, excluding police, retire at an average age of 62. its true that they will get medical and prescription at no charge from the township, for the average of 3 years, but at 65 medicare kicks in as the primary coverage, as it does for all, regardless of employer. township workers do pay for their health benefits, based on the cost of their coverage and salary and will continue to do so, its fair and the way it should be. they also contribute to their pensions, its the state who has renegade on their responsibility to contribute.
Sun Tzu May 07, 2014 at 11:28 AM
@ Mr. Epping; I said "little into their benefits." Most folks pay about one third of their health care costs (about a $500 to $700 co-pay and 75% to 90% of their retirement which must be managed responsibly by the employee to ensure it will last. My comment stands and I will be posting in June.
J.JONES May 07, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Take your time no rush to pay tax increase I can't afford...Shame lost income from traffic light's and full time pay and benefits for part time employees ....
Tired of the BS May 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Let's not forget Ducey's crusade for a mayor's salary ordinance while during his 1st year on council....$15,000 for part time mayor & $50,000 for full time mayor. Well, this mayor decided to give himself a $39,000 salary. So I guess he is an in-between time mayor. And what happened to not raising taxes?? What a joke!!!!

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