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Brick Residents’ Tax Hike Reduced, Police Department to Expand

Brick Municipal Building / Photo: Daniel Nee
Brick Municipal Building / Photo: Daniel Nee

An influx of just under $1.2 million from the state will enable Brick officials to lower a planned property tax increase and hire several new police officers.

The $1,196,675 from the state comes from a program announced by Gov. Chris Christie 10 days ago that provides assistance to towns affected by Superstorm Sandy. Brick’s tax base remains significantly reduced from pre-storm levels, meaning less tax revenue can be generated. The state funding is intended to fill the gap.

Mayor John Ducey said residents were facing a $44 annual average increase on the municipal portion of their property tax bills. That increase will reduced to $27 per year for the owner of a home valued at $293,600, the township’s average.


Additionally, Ducey said, the township will use a portion of the state funding to hire four new police officers, increasing the size of the department from 132 officers to 136 officers. The additional officers will help the department address the ongoing drug issues in town.

“As we all know, we have an ongoing heroin problem, and what we want these new police officers to do … is to have more community policing, more neighborhood watch programs, and more help for kids as they’re growing up so they don’t get involved in the heroin,” said Ducey. “Some of those programs were cut years ago, and that’s partially the reason for the problem.”

The amended budget calls for a tax increase of 0.9 cents per $100 of assessed real estate valuation. The township will hold a special budget meeting Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. where residents can address the governing body and the spending plan can be approved.

  • Trump for President

    Is the Township going to hire any minority officers, or just some more offspring of current officers and friends of mayor like usual?

    • Frank Rizzo

      Why…will minority cops be better….do black cities welcome whites to their police departments and teaching jobs…

      • Trump for President

        Don’t recall mentioning blacks.

    • Goodgrief

      Wouldn’t it be discrimination to specifically hire minorities?

  • Chief Wahoo

    Boy, that War on Drugs , sure is profitable for the Police State. It would be devastating to their budget, if they ever actually WON the “war”……Ha Ha Ha.

  • Chief Wahoo

    So let me see here. Ducey gets a one time $2million from state. Instead of taking the entire amount to erase the $44 increase (which is just on the average house) he reduces it a measly $17 and hires 4 New road pirates, who now will be on payroll , salaries, benefits and pensions paid by taxpayers for years to come when that $2million from state is long gone. Where is the money coming from then ??? I guess Ducey was bummed out that Hermine was such a dud. Think of all those broken windows , he could have had. Oh well. Baby Jack might need new shoes, but he doesn’t need health insurance !!!

    • Trump for President

      Still the Chief. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Smokin

    Sounds good on paper but in long run this will come back and cost taxpayers more tax dollars …But mayor will be gone and hoping for a judge position..

  • Flash

    If as ,we’re told , we’re one of the safest cities in America why do we need MORE police officers. I trip on one everytime I turn around now.