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Budget, Ordinances on Council Meeting Agenda

Mayor to present controversial budget Tuesday night

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis is scheduled to present his administration's 2012 township operating budget at a council caucus meeting Tuesday night.

The Republican mayor will face a council with a Democratic majority to present his spending plan, which will include the layoffs of 77 township employees in the public works department.

The mayor has told Brick Patch that laying off the employees, and replacing them with private contractors, will save taxpayers money.

Last year, the proposed budget included $8.6 million in above-cap spending, and necessitated a public referendum in order to maintain public services. Much of that spending is presumably rolled back in the budget to be presented Tuesday night.

In addition to the budget presentation, the council will preview its regular meeting set for Feb. 28, which will include votes on a mayoral salary ordinance, changes to the peddling and taxicab ordinances, and the condemnation or acquisition of a small lot on Lake Riviera to accommodate a portion of a dam the township was ordered by the state to replace.

Portia March 03, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I would urge members of the Council to maintain the Department of Public Works from elimination. The Department serves a multitude of purposes and other cost saving initiatives should be taken before implementing Draconian Measures which once done can't be readily restored. Our employees' contributions to our Township are significant, and they enhance our quality of life here in Brick Township. Consider analysis of overtime cost within the Department and in All Departments. Eliminate overtime cost by eliminating garbage or recycling pick up on Holidays. Do away with the "Get Up and Go" program and utilize that man power to assist with Signs or in other areas. Reduce and/or eliminate associated OVERTIME costs within all Departments. Over time expenditures should have to be analyzed in a meaningful way. To-date overtime expenditures remain unchecked, Department Heads need to share in the sacrifice. In an effort to save funds, I asked a Dept. Head to consider relinquishing his taxpayer paid vehicle. He laughed and declined to give up his vehicle. I suspect that should overtime expenditures and approval of same be DISCUSSED at the Council Meetings, much needed accountability would be achieved and tax dollars would be saved.
Watchman March 03, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Folks, come to the meeting this Tues.and hear a presentation on THE BIGGEST piece of budget,LA POLICIA. $14,950,000 in salary $1,190,000 in overtime,etc,etc,etc
paul b March 03, 2012 at 11:31 PM
WOW, unbelievable. For one department the overtime cost alone are up $300,000 from $900,000 several years ago. Thought that the Chief was chosen to reign in spending. And, they want to eliminate Public Works?
Thomas Anthony March 05, 2012 at 11:07 PM
The 2012 Proposed Budget has appropriated another $175,000 for seven new police vehicles . . .
Oscar Wilde March 05, 2012 at 11:30 PM
bunch of overpaid ticket writers are what is pushing you homeowners out of your houses ......time to get rid of the police state and LIVE FREE BRICKTUCKY........THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

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