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Mayor to Ask Council Members to Reduce Salaries

Tuesday night meeting shaping up to be a show-down

Brick Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis will ask township council members to halve their salaries, eliminate health benefits and give up stipends for waiving health care benefits at Tuesday night's council meeting.

Council members are paid $8,000 for their services; the council president receives $9,000.

It was not immediately clear Tuesday afternoon which council members currently receive health benefits from the township.

For township council members who do not receive benefits, there is a $4,000 waiver incentive in place.

Acropolis said in an e-mail to Brick Patch that he will propose ordinances and resolutions at tonight's council meeting to cut the council salaries in half, and formally eliminate health care benefits and the health care waiver incentive for council members. He will also ask for the mayor's salary to be reduced to $1 from its current payout of $52,000. Acropolis said he does not take health benefits from the municipal government.

"The new council majority ran against higher taxes in Brick Township," Acropolis said in the e-mail. "It is time to follow through with their promises."

"We should lead by example which is why I pledged to take only $1 in compensation and why I already have waived taxpayer funded health care as Mayor," Acropolis said.

Council President John Ducey could not be immedately reached for comment.

The township council meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the township .

BW January 05, 2012 at 02:02 PM
All of coming down on the new members for not answering an making asumptions, you know what they say when you ASSUME. Under our form of govt, the Mayor has NO SAY at council meetings unless INVITED to speak. I do not blame them for not answering, the question was nothing more then GRANDSTANDING and CHILDISH BEHAVIOR on the part of Stevie.
Joseph Lamb January 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Bob, I don't see it that way. The 2011 budget showed a reduction in Miscellaneous Revenue of $7.6 million. This was due to using $4.4 million from the state refund for Traders Cove in 2010, tapping out the school deferral tax of $2.7 million in 2010 and selling a liquor license in 2010 for $500,000. The mayor has robbed Peter to pay Paul. This is his budget, no one elses. You can't add at least $22 million to debt and not feel the consequences. Believe me, this is a fight the new council and I want. The mayor will be digging himself a bigger hole. I can't wait for the mayor to detail the 24% decrease. How is that possible without rescinding all the pay raises he gave to political cronies? How is it possible to rescind at least $22 million of prior debt? How is it possible not to discuss the shortfall from 2010 that he, the council and the BA knew they were carrying into 2011. How is it possible to be paying your legal counsel more than twice what the previous counsel was paid and there are no financial repercussions? We're talking $1.728 million over 5 years.
morrissey January 05, 2012 at 06:11 PM
the BA is a liar......FIRE SCOTT PEZARRAS
Betty Ann January 05, 2012 at 11:01 PM
ok, it's now 6pm Thursday. Still no video on the Brick website of Tuesday's meeting. I hope it will be up by 7pm so I can see it on B20.
wild bill January 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM
the mayor has been involved in local politics for way too long. too many friends of friends. Acropolis should either resign or stop acting like this is a game . He's not doing anything to make life better for us. He's saying ""oh, oh you embarassed me so now i'll show you how much power I have" School yard BS and meanwhile the duly elected council has to put up with this. Whats this business with him not allowing the former mayor to speak when he was council pres. In my 50 years of working for a living "full time" was 40 hrs/wk and 2 full time jobs was 80 hrs/wk Some how I dont think the mayor looks like he's banging out 80 a week. So who's he screwing?? Didnt the town of Brick ever invest in a time clock??? Does he account for his hours on either job?? And pls no BS about how he may have to go out in the middle of the night for an emergency. The last thing a firefighter, police officer, or medic needs is the mayor strutting around at 3am in the middle of an emergency. Mr Mayor pls stop going on tv and speaking to the people of Brick like we're all stupid children and your the Great Teacher. No more lectures on the form of government. Resign or accept the will of tthe people as expressed at the last election, learn some humility, lick your wounds and start doing your job. Or maybe just GO

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