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Ducey Proposes Municipal Tax Cut, Reduction in Spending for Brick

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

Mayor John Ducey on Tuesday night proposed the first tax cut in three decades for Brick residents and pledged to reduce the township’s budget by $4.4 million.

Ducey said the township’s $100,337,745 spending plan for 2017 cuts spending by $4,451,617 compared to 2016 and calls for a reduction of one-half cent on the municipal tax rate. For a resident of Brick with a home valued $294,100, the township’s average, their property tax bill would be reduced by $14.71.

The tax rate for 2017, under the proposed budget, would be 68.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. This represents only the municipal tax rate – school taxes are controlled by the Board of Education and county taxes by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Neither of those entities have introduced their budgets or announced tax rates for the year.

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Ducey said his administration has stabilized spending at a “historic rate” following years of double-digit tax increases in Brick to the tune of 28 percent between 2010 and 2013, 19 percent between 2006 and 2009 and 27 percent between 2002 and 2005. Ducey, a Democrat who is running for re-election this year, said during his firs term, spending increased by just 1.9 percent.

Ducey credited debt reduction and fiscal belt-tightening for the reduction, as well as reduced spending on Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. To that end, Brick will still have to appropriate $1,484,000 to continue to pay back Sandy recovery debt, equal to 1.44 cents on the tax rate. The good news, officials said, is that this is the township’s final payment for the cost.

Sandy continues to affect the overall tax base in town. While the township’s ratable base increased by $18.66 million this year, it is still $341.7 million less than pre-Sandy levels, said Edward Moroney, township spokesman.

The 2017 budget utilizes $10,928,024 from the township’s surplus account toward its operating budget. Ducey said that level of utilization leaves the township with a surplus balance of $10,955,587, the highest dollar amount since at least 1993.  The balance represents 10.92% of the budget, the highest amount since 1994.

“The surplus is essentially the township’s savings account,” said Ducey. “Having a healthy surplus available is a sign of fiscal responsibility and strength. There were several years where the township had less than $100,000 remaining in surplus, which put us in a very precarious position financially speaking. I am proud that we have been able to correct this.”

Ducey touted his record as mayor during the presentation, saying despite the tax reduction, Brick has been able to rebuild many of its parks and add more police officers to fight crime. As part of a debt reduction plan, the 2017 budget includes $13,493,521 in debt service payments. The township’s net debt as of Jan. 1 is $151,310,134.down from $168,335,337 at the start of Ducey term. The plan calls for reducing debt by a total of $18,293,203 since implementation by the end of this year.


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  • A.P.

    What can I say?I vote what my wallet tells me these days.

  • Make America Greater

    Scarpelli did the same thing.
    Raise taxes for 3 years then no tax increase during reelection year.
    I called this Ducey move after his first budget.
    At least this proves Ducey is smarter than Acropolis and his GOP council dummies, who proposed a 25% tax increase during their reelection year.

  • BB

    Thank You Mr. Mayor…but we all need to move to have the board of education do the same……………… thats where the real tax problem is!
    School taxes are now out of control for our education here in Brick and really Ocean County for that matter. You all most know by now that close to 70%, yes 70%, of your Brick tax bill is allocated to the schools, this is where the work needs to be accomplished in order for any significant reductions in our tax bills.
    I’m all for education but at the rate of increases we have seen over the years we’re going to have to allocate most of our pay checks just to pay these taxes. It’s getting harder and harder for Brick residents to afford to live here because of these school taxes. It is time to really move into this direction of lowering school taxes, perhaps starting with consolidation of services. LOWER SCHOOL TAXES……………..

    • albertWestpy

      I have never been able to understand why anyone would complain about the amount of tax dollars being spent on education. On a list of average property tax paid for 565 New Jersey towns, last taken in 2014, Brick was came in as number 428 with an average tax of $2,827.00.
      Education is important to those people with or without children. I for one have no children but would perfer to live in an environment where the emphasis is placed on an intellectual and cultural sophistication which comes from an education rather than one where the population is preoccupied with conspicuous consumption and military spending.

      • Make America Greater

        That is because you are an America hating gaytheist liberal commie.

      • albertWestpy

        LOL, I don’t hate the United States, and have no idea why you would make such a slanderous accusation. I do have mixed feelings for the reactionaries who live here. On one hand I pity them because they are backward and lack sophistication but on the other hand I don’t even relish breathing the same air as them. I’m sure that if the United States had socialized health care system, like most of the progressive countries in Europe and other areas such as Canada and Costa Rica, to name a few, they would receive the mental heath care they need to overcome their neurosis.
        Also you need to understand that there is a major difference between “liberals” and “commies” of which i’m nether. I would make an effort to try and explain that difference to you but I can tell by your comments that it would be far over your head.
        You were half correct about my being gay for what ever you were trying to prove by bring sexuality into a conversation where it does not fit. But then again that’s typical of the type of person that I have been talking about.
        So with that said i’ll say God bless you and have a happy life.

      • Make America Greater

        I was reading up on you and your posts on the internet.
        Lots of material there.
        Anti Christian, anti capitalism, anti heterosexual, anti- miltary/police, anti/religion, anti- republican, anti-traditional American values.
        I stand by my opinion of you and your liberal, lefty, marxist democrat gaytheism persona.

      • albertWestpy

        I’m shocked that you can read. 🙂

      • Spencer Trilby

        I’m shocked you can look at a child and not want to molest him

      • albertWestpy

        Why is it that uneducated, low class, racist scum bags never use their real names ?

      • J W

        That’s rich coming from a fanboy of professed and proud pedophiles from Breitbart.

      • Spencer Trilby

        It’s okay because black people are of the highest moral standards

      • Spencer Trilby

        Also boy, post on the hill. Humans and blacks don’t exactly coexist peacefully…

  • Smokin

    Election year here we go again more trash politics from both sides again big promises I’ll be better and help the taxpayers but with the same results all bull shit !!!

    • realcheeseyo

      Why don’t you run then?

      • Smokin

        Maybe I will & “Make Brick Great Again “

      • Make America Greater

        Promise to build a big beautiful wall on the Lakewood border and make Lakewood pay for it.
        You have my vote.

      • realcheeseyo

        You should. Put your money where you mouth is.

      • Smokin

        Cheeseyo maybe someone will run on facts and problems of the town not political trash talk embarrassment . We can only hope there’s someone professional enough to do that ???

  • ezeddie

    $10 million reduction and still retain $10 million in surplus ??? that means he’s sitting on $20 million dollars of your tax money. $15 million off the budget should result in a 10% tax reduction….not $14 a year !! This would still leave $5 million in surplus. Time to throw the bum out !

    • realcheeseyo

      You people are such babies! I WANT MORE! WAAHHHHHAHAAA

    • J W

      No surplus means the town pays more on its debt. It’s there for security.

    • Smokin

      Weren’t we told there has been a surplus for at least past four years why aren’t they using it to lower taxes instead of chasing folks out of town ?

  • Chief Wahoo

    Save $14 dollars a year. Otherwise known as $1.20 @ month. LOL.

    It must be that time again. Re-election year. Otherwise known as baby needs new shoes and health care paid by broke taxpayers, even though I told them I wouldn’t take it BEFORE I tricked them into electing me to a part time job.

    Of course if you don’t elect Ducey, Vera and their comrades, you could always elect Acropolis, Bellu and their cronies. See how that works for the sheep. Comrades vs. Cronies. To see what law firm will have the power to rob you. Wake up. It’s always a Lose-Lose.

    ANARCHO-CAPITALISM.

  • Surfrider

    Step in right direction, but still not addressing the real problem in Brick, typical of a politician and most all towns in NJ. School taxes have to be addressed. When one looks at the fact that all the schools here are top heavy with ridiculous salaries to the administrators, which we have far too many of, and in need of downsizing and sharing amongst towns within a county. Zeroing in on all their perks beyond salary and lowering their health benefits to what the rest of us get should be mandatory across the state as we’ll………Its the teachers that make the difference, not the admins! And I think we all support the police, but we have too too many and cannot afford the additional salaries benefits and pensions that they get..time to cut back on them as well.

    • albertWestpy

      Very, very, true but your being a bit to liberal. To really cut tax dollars why not close the schools altogether ? That would save a hell of a lot of money and how much education does it take to work in a fast food restaurant ? We could also do away with the police and fire departments. Bricks a safe town so there is no need of police, all they do is eat donuts, and as far as the fire department goes close them down, most of the housing stock is an eyesore so just let it burn they have insurance and hopefully they well be replaced with garish larger ones that line some of our waterways.
      We could also cut the Department of Public Works as we don’t need garbage or recycling as we are located on the bay as well as the ocean and they both are great dumping grounds and have easy access for most people except for some of our senior citizens, like myself, who may have physical problems which would prevent them from making the trek to either but this too would open up a new door to tax saving if we would euthanize them ( not me ). Just think of the money we could use for our military defense if only we could do away with frivolous over spending by the Feds on things such as social security and medicare.
      Good Lord Surfrider, you’ve got me all fired up ! I’m going to email Donald because I know he’ll go for this Big Time in his never ending quest to make America Great Again.

      • Surfrider

        Too funny! You must pen cartoons! Typical of a liberal who exaggerates and make up stuff what one states. I said nothing of what you penned, only to be a little more conservative and cut back some. If I were wealthy like you apparently, I would be fine with it as well….You are port of the fake news going around. You need to go over again what I originally wrote, and will see you must have confused me with some other ridiculous comment! Ha ha, at least he is trying. Cannot you give the new president a chance the way we gave obamarama a chance? We did not go off the deep end as you are, didn’t cause chaos, wreck other peoples properties, we did it by VOTING!

      • albertWestpy

        My Dear Surfrider,

        Call me anything that you like but please don’t call me a “liberal”. You may want to reread my comment as I never accused you of saying anything I merely embellished on other ways that you could also save ‘our’ tax dollars from being spent on other frivolous things as well as the education of ‘our’ young people.
        With all due respect I feel that the spelling and grammar in your retort does support the fact that we should not ever make cuts to education.
        By the way; one canot substantiate one’s position with assumptions.

      • Surfrider

        I guess we can agree to not agree! Would you give me at least a 88% on my spelling and grammar usage? Your response was “so” over the top that I assumed you had to be a liberal, my mistake, as that is a “bad” name to call some one if not true! ha ha! But I did not think I substantiated my position with assumptions. Obamarama care, is unraveling, now AETNA is pulling out (lost over 400 Million since the beginning), United Health Care has lost over a Billion dollars in 2 years, people getting fined for not taking cause they cannot afford, what other assumption did I mention that I cannot substantiate? There are 8 vice principals in the 2 brick HS (a little much?), that was basically it? Pretty much specifics and not politics……?

      • albertWestpy

        You kids will never learn ! But because i’m a very charitable far left wing old fart ( just turned 75 a few weeks ago ) I will give you a 95 on your grammar and write off your spelling as a typo.
        I also will absolve you from calling me a liberal but will not tell you my party affiliation for fear you may go into cardiac arrest and I don’t want that on my conscience.
        But to give you a little tease……I found Bernie Sanders to be far to right wing for my liking.
        Stay well,
        🙂

      • Surfrider

        Hey, I lovyama! ha ha for calling me a kid! You are right though. You have 5 years on me, so I gotta tip my hand to you, but to tease you back, i just simply worry how to pay for this stuff, when half our budget pays of debt, so where we heading monetarily. Did you read about the poor lady who with her husband built their home in 1953, her husband died around 2006 I think, she got a reverse mortgage on her home, couldn’t make it on her social security (no kidding?), and used up the money paying fore taxes and simple necessities, and they are tossing her out of her home. Taxes are too much in this state, and a lot of it is corruption, who is kidding who? Any how, like you say, i will never learn…..stay well, we got at least another 25 to go, i figure?

      • Surfrider

        they are all typos, i type fast and think slowly! haha

      • Surfrider

        Plus sir, I am an old man as well (70), vet of Marines during Nam. I dont want to be euthanized either, but obamarama care would have done away with the two of us, that is if any insurers were left! Have you noticed that they are all getting out of the program because it makes no sense? Give the guy a chance, then criticize if what he does is not good for you. The stock market has been doing great since even just before he took over, once it looked like he would win.