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POLL: Point Beach Budget Hearing - What Do You Think About Proposed Tax Hike?

What do you think about the proposed Point Beach tax increase? Let us know in the poll and in the comments.

A public hearing on the budget will be held at Tuesday Point Beach Council meeting at Borough Hall.

The average Point Pleasant Beach homeowner would pay $53 more under the borough's proposed budget, according to The Ocean Star.

According to the publication:

The proposed municipal budget for 2014 totals $14,185,247, compared to last year’s budget amount of $13,906,043. Of the total proposed budget, $7,605,259 would be raised through local taxation. This year’s amount to be raised through local taxation is a proposed increase of $386,147.

The proposed tax rate for 2014 is 39.4 cents per $100 of assessed valuation; the municipal tax rate in 2013 was 38.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

What do you think about the proposed Point Beach tax increase? Let us know in the poll and in the comments.

frangelica May 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM
A lot of us complained this past year when our property taxes went up almost a third because of both the reassessment and because a lot of the badly damaged Hurricane Sandy homes were taken off the town's asset list and because the FEMA reimbursements were not coming in quick enough for the town. I had quite a bit of damage myself (still waiting for insurance!) but willingly just borrowed and paid the extra taxes to help support the people in town that lost much more than me. Now that some properties have been rebuilt and are now on the town's asset list and can contribute to paying taxes again and FEMA reimbursements have come in, I expect to see significant tax savings this year. Any budget that increases and does not reduce spending this year needs to be revised downward. Time for this small town to stop spending our money like a big city - do we really need police and traffic cameras everywhere (as an example!) - it is an invasion of privacy! Time for the people we sent to office to govern and find ways to reduce spending in this town. As an unemployed executive, I would be more than happy to take a look at cutting out some unnecessary items in the budget for you!
Jack Kennell May 18, 2014 at 01:26 AM
There should NOT be any municipal tax increase for PPB at all. An example to emulate is the resort town of Belmar (apparently run by Democrats no less) which for three consecutive years has had NO tax increase at all, ZERO. Part, but not all, of the problem is the overstaffed police dept. in PPB. In 2008 the year of the economic crash Belmar had 21 full-time cops like the Beach, but apparently by attrition the size of the Belmar force is now 17 as of 2012 Data Universe. The standard for Ocean County towns is 14 to 16 sworn officers per 10,000 population. That means that off-season for about 8 months of the year only about 9 cops tops are needed to patrol the "ghost town". About 60 "specials" are hired during the season which is a relatively less costly outlay for the taxpayers. Apparently the mere fact of the over-staffing to attempt to justify their jobs and raise revenues motivates the police force to "nitpick" on "violations" hammering tourists and locals alike. The tourists of course may tend not to come back and the locals may tend to resent the taxes that they pay. This is a vicious cycle the evidence for which is that court revenues have declined 36% from 2011 to 2013, and that most of that decline was before the storm. The police "nitpicking" is causing a shrinking pie. The unjustified excessive police staffing must go the way of the grandfather clock, they no longer can be afforded.
Mr. Happy May 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Well, well, well - the chickens have come home to roost. Y'all voted for a Republican council and this is what you get. YOUR taxes raised while THEIR friends at the boardwalk continue to underpay. Who told you so? Uh, yeah, Mr. Happy did. And why didn't they post a picture of the finance committee with the article? They made the budget...
Brandy the Dog May 18, 2014 at 09:31 AM
How much time is left on the lame duck clock?
Brandy the Dog May 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Looks like the mayor that suddenly doesn't like his picture in the paper was unsuccessful in his 10:41 am communication.

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