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Brick Lobbies for More Time to Pay Off Sandy Debt

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A car that stuck inside a house in Brick's Normandy Beach section, Nov. 2012. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A car that stuck inside a house in Brick’s Normandy Beach section, Nov. 2012. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick Township officials say taxpayers should have the opportunity to stave off potential tax hikes by staggering the repayment of bonds used to fund the Superstorm Sandy cleanup over 10 years.

State law currently dictates the bonds be paid over five years, leaving the township with the responsibility to pay off $6.9 million debt this year.

“Instead of having to make a $7 million payment this year, if you spread it over 10 years it could be a $3 million payment,” said Mayor John Ducey. “Ratables would come back on gradually and it could be paid off early.”

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Brick is still down $357 million on its tax rolls due to properties that haven’t yet recovered from the storm, putting extra pressure on the taxpayers who are funding the recovery.

Superstorm Sandy recovery costs added up to an 11.3 cent impact on the township’s tax rate this year, though the sting was reduced to a minimal, 2 cent increase due to numerous cost-saving measures the township put into place, including the reduction of some debt and a restructuring of certain areas of municipal government by the Ducey administration that saved tax dollars, including animal control and worker’s compensation insurance.

The township council this week unanimously passed a resolution calling on the state to allow the emergency bonds to be paid off over the extended period of time. The resolution will be sent to Ocean County’s legislators as well as Gov. Chris Christie.


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  • Richard Weber

    Sounds to me like the town has a lot of CUT-BACKS to make, in order to make up these payments for these emergency bonds. That is what we taxpayers do when we do not have money for something. There are so many areas to do it in. Every department in town admin, stop monies going to mini park updates, stop benefits to part timers, start selling off a couple properties the town does not even maintain (actually run down like the one on Cherryquay Road) that WE own, these are the steps I would like to see before going to the pockets of the taxpayers who already are over charged for property tax. What about other areas? Who else has any ideas on coming up with the money? The town needs good ideas! A lot of the readers I am sure have great ideas as well, lets hear them!

    • J W

      None of these are very impactful ideas and most would cut off dollars provided by the state and federal governments that would come back to us locally unless some people decided to cut off the nose to spite the face. It’s a 2 cent tax increase- that doesnt even track inflation. Get over it you crybabies.

      • Spell Check

        You don’t pay taxes than, renter or Governent assistance. no one who pays their way thru life would say that

      • J W

        I own a decent bungalow outright in Hollywood Manor. My taxes are pretty reasonable and jsut about average. Don’t like your taxes? Move to a more modest abode. Until then, you’re just complaining because you aren;t a free loader. Pay for what you use, local government services are expensive unless you have the state paying for them, as most places actually do, like SC and FL.

      • Spell Check

        The services cost outrageous amounts and are horrible

      • J W

        The services exceed that of most municipalities. Few other have Summerfest and the town is infinitely better run than Lakewood and cheaper than Toms Rivers but with the same quality of services. Good value for NJ= Bricktucky.

      • J W

        I also don’t care about an extra $50 for a petty 2 cent hike. Penny pinching cheap skates. That doesn’t even keep up with inflation. If you paycheck isn’t keeping up with inflation, take it up with your boss or better yet vote Bernie Sanders. This country’s est days were when it was essentially socialist between 1933 and 1980.

    • Spock’s Brain

      Lots of good ideas here, but at the end of the day,most of the taxes go to employee salaries and debt. Ducey has eliminated all of the nonessential “at will” employees but his hands are tied on the other employees. Brick is a Civil Service town, so it’s almost impossible to fire people even if they]re useless. And if you eliminate their position, they get bumping rights so you are forced to keep them and you end up being forced to fire a useful employee that makes $30,000 a year. Ultimately, you have to reduce the workforce by attrition and it just takes time. On top of that, there was so much borrowing for things like the $22 million Traders Cove, that we are paying that off for 20 years. Then you had horrible land deals like buying the foodtown site and doing a terrible deal on the french’s landfill solar project (so Acropolis could get $3 million budget infusion in year one and then a crap deal for the next 20 years). Unfortunately, millions in debt and a bloated payroll cannot be fixed overnight. I am confident that Ducey will do something good with the foodtown site (and get it back on the tax rolls) and he has already reduced the borrowing significantly with a debt reduction plan. Also, revenue will increase as the town rebuilds (there’s still about $400 Million in properties that will come back on the tax rolls once the homes are rebuilt). Putting the town on sound financial footing will take several years – but it can be done.

      • Scott

        Again do what private business does in tough times, unpaid holiday. 58 million in payroll. Every day people are not paid save about 223 thousand. Better then losing job, healthcare and pension.

  • BB

    You are absolutely right RW. The Township should, maybe at their council meeting, ask for several ideas on helping to cut expenses, and act on them. There are many many ways to cut the taxes in this township.
    One big one is to ,as you mentioned, sell some property that sits latent not generating even one dollar and only costing on maintenance. The schools should consolidate many of their services as well, which can lead to huge savings.
    I’m frankly tired of the rising property taxes here in Brick. My kids are all grown, no longer using the school system, in which most of all our tax dollars are spent! The schools should be looked at carefully for this is probably the leakiest area of our tax dollars.
    I’m all for paying your own way for use of the schools. You have one child using the system, your school tax portion of your tax bill starts at $13,000.00, two kids $21,000, three kids $31,000.00 and so on.

    • J W

      If school funding followed your psycho libertarian formula nobody would afford to send their kids to school. They’d be on the streets all day instead, illiterate and causing trouble. I doubt even you would have sent kids to school on those terms.

    • Chief Wahoo

      HA HA. Everybody paid for BB kids to go the public prisons, I mean schools and NOW he wants everybody behind him to pay for their own kids schooling. Must be a Baby Boomer !!!!

      • J W

        Rarely do I agree with you Chief, but this is the kind of greed-meets-entitlement mentality typical of the Boomers. Climb the ladder and kick out every rung on the way up, make it a club for those at the top already. Now people wonder why the plebs are upset. We know the score.

    • Spell Check

      Yeah cut school funding the schools are horrible already if we cut funding you would never see the difference. To much money wasted everyday

  • Chief Wahoo

    Tick TOCK. Tick TOCK. No more kick the can. On a long enough timeline, the survival rate of everybody goes to ZERO.

  • Spock’s Brain

    Positions Eliminated AND NOT REFILLED by the Ducey Team – Juan Bellu – Assistant Business Administrator ($207,607), Frank Pannucci – MUA Director of Customer Accounts ($144,424), Former Republican Councilman Matthews – HATB Director (Replaced with Part Timer saving $52,015), Former Republican Councilman Brando – BTMUA Supervisor Position ($115,093)

  • Spock’s Brain

    More Positions Eliminated AND NOT REFILLED by the Ducey Team – Dave Francese – Department Head – Parks and Recreation ($139,500) Al Cerone – Tax Assessor (Replaced by Existing Employee saving $114,777)

  • Spock’s Brain

    Department Cuts by the Ducey Team — Human Resources Department – Eliminated 2 full time positions ($202,913) — IT Department – Eliminated 1 full time position ($121,497) — Land Use Department – Eliminated 3 full time positions ($304,091) — MUA Management (Eliminated 3 full time positions ($292,922)

  • Richard Weber

    See, look at the conversations we have started! We have to carry the ideas to the town council. What blows me away is the salaries that SB brought up as being eliminated. I did not realize we had that many high tech jobs which paid such unbelievable salaries. Those people must have had some really great educations and long term experience (besides having relatives and friends in office)! I am and x-IT guy, 30 years, and never attained anywhere near those numbers and I worked for IBM and ATT with decent positions. Guess I should have been working for the State, especially with the cadillac benefits! Impressive data (Spock), do you know where that savings of approximately 1.7 million went? Good for them not replacing.
    I own 2 properties in this town, and am paying 23k in taxes. So let me tell you JW, those 2 cent hikes add up! My taxes have doubled in just the last 11 years alone. When you get up to my age and retired living on Social Security, you will no longer be able to afford to live in this town, with all the additional times they keep putting your taxes up. We do not need most of the services in this town, because a very small population use them. And also, to toss out the word crybaby, you tossed it in the wrong direction…I am a Marine Corps Vet of Viet Nam Era, and resent that comment. When I can no longer afford the taxes here and am forced to move (I loss everything i own in Sandy Storm), I will look you up as a possible buyer for my property since property tax increases do not seem to bother you!

    • Spell Check

      Town jobs should be under private sector salarys.

    • J W

      Downsize then- that’ll cut your tax bill. Rent out the extra property. Your financial problems aren’t my problem. The tax situation in this town is 100% transparent- the more you own, them more you pay. Simple, flat rate aka a FAIR TAX. Besides, if you’re that old and a Nam Vet you get frozen tax rates and slew of other entitlement benefits, so I think you;re BSing here like a champion to whine about something and generally be angry. Typical angry white man.

  • Spell Check

    The money went to nonsense most likely used to make budget for the mayor and his medical benefits

  • Chief Wahoo

    Ahhh I love the smell of simple math on a Sunday Evening. Property Taxes are unsustainable and people pain tolerance has been reached. Took longer than I thought it would. So kudos to the sheep for paying the most regressive tax in the world !!!!
    When a public taker pays property taxes. Does it count ???

  • SoWhat?

    Have an independent forensic auditor team come in and go over the entire re towns expenses and, liabilities, payroll and day to day operating efficiency.

    I am almost sure that they would recommend cuts and savings.

    Ducey and council could cut every department by 10% .

    The fuel and energy price decrease over the past few years alone has had to save the town a ton of money.

    If the town had an emergency 1 year cut back of 10% in every department that could be achieved.

    Ducey better be tough on negotiating next union contract. TOUGH

  • Spell Check

    Still can downsize town staff by another 20 people without evening having to tell others they were fired. Productivity numbers need to be meet . Stop the crazy benefits packages and make the town job a regular wage. Nobody their is irreplaceable. Not one individual should exceed 100k in salary. Any wage higher should Invoke corruption and Governent wasting. Mr mayor that’s how you fix this town. And what is the vehicle per person rate for the township? To many new vehicles sitting with bills adding up. They cost money to buy and repair what does the town pay insurance on all this vehicles? Cut the numbers that’s how you cut debt genius.all township properties can be energy neutral…