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Point Boro Taxes to Increase $66 on Average Home

Budget adopted Tuesday night with one no vote

A municipal budget that will increase local taxes by about $66 per average home was adopted at a brief Point Borough Council meeting on Tuesday night at

Point Borough Councilmember Christopher Leitner was the only no vote on the budget which is expected to increase municipal taxes by $66 on a home assessed at $300,000 if it is  approved by Ocean County and the state. Councilmember John Wisniewski was absent.

The municipal tax bill on a home assessed at $300,000, which is the average Borough assessment for a home, is increasing from $1,146 to $1,212. The total municipal budget is decreasing from $18.4 million to $18.3 million.

The amount to be raised by local taxes is increasing from $12.5 million to nearly $13.2 million. The Borough's tax collection rate has increased from 95.50 percent to 96.74 percent.

The budget will increase the municipal tax rate by 2.22 cents, compared to 2.16 cents as called for in the budget when it was introduced on July 2.

Leitner said after the meeting that he voted no because he is concerned about the majority on council using about $1.2 million of a total of about $1.3 million in surplus. He said the problem with using nearly all of the surplus is that if the Borough generates less surplus than expected next year, it will likely mean a larger tax increase.

"If you come up short the following year, then you have to raise taxes more than you would have to otherwise," Leitner said.

He said he did not voice his reason for the no vote during the meeting because he knew it wouldn't change any votes.

"I've asked at prior meetings how much surplus is going to be generated next year and I never got an answer," Leitner said. "At the meeting where the budget was introduced, we saw some on council, like Toni DePaola and Bob Sabosik, start asking questions about the budget.

"But the time to ask questions was at budget workshop meetings and that's when some of those answers had been given," Leitner continued. "So what that tells me is they have little to no undertanding of the budget. And I wasn't comfortable voting for it."

DePaola and Sabosik had said at the July 2 meeting that they did understand the budget and felt like they had gotten sufficient answers to the last few questions they had.

Last year no surplus was applied to the budget, according to budget data distributed by Borough Adminisgtrator David Maffei.

There was no public comment on the budget before or after it was adopted and the meeting lasted barely 20 minutes.

There were only minor changes to the budget since it was

He said the state had advised the municipality to approve several amendments, which council voted for unanimously on Tuesday night, and the state also gave the Borough the green light to adopt budget.

The most significant change directed by the state is to take $82,000 for health benefits outside the state-mandated 2 percent spending cap.

Also, the state said the budget needs to have a separate line item for $8,000 for the few employees who are getting a payment in lieu of health benefits. Employees who do not get health benefits get $2,000 to $2,500 in lieu of the benefits, Maffei said. That's roughly a quarter of what the Borough would spend on their health benefits, he said.

Water and Sewer Budget

The amendments also include reducing the water and sewer budget by nearly $70,000 because the Borough cannot use a portion of its surplus to pay for water and sewer.

The amount of surplus anticipated as revenue is decreasing from $345,000 last year to $167,520 this year, according to budget data provided by Maffei.

Maffei said the Borough uses part of its surplus, in addition to water and sewer revenue, to pay water and sewer charges.

The total water and sewer budget is increasing from $6,475,421 by $353,141 to $6,611,141.

Regarding water and sewer charges, the Borough also added a surcharge this year of $17 per water unit and $17 per sewer unit per quarter, which ends at the end of this year, Maffei said.

mattmurphy August 08, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Denise, it's time to warn somebody about all of her nasty comments and name calling. She cannot seem to post without insulting remarks. Enough already!
somebody August 08, 2012 at 12:22 PM
mattmurphy, It is time that you stop being a "TWIT" Stop assuming I am a "SHE" That is were you are wrong again. You are hysterical....You keep on telling Denise what she should do... you are constantly leaving her orders and complaining of others guessing and you are the one who is constantly guessing and looking like a fool. Who are you to say Enough already? Who are you to tell someone else what to do? When you own your own 0n-line news paper is when you can tell others enough and what to do... You get a taste of your own medicine and you don't like it. Only mattmurphy can leave nasty comments and name call. Stop being a hypocrite. If you cant' take or handle the truth then stop responding or reading my comments. Most of those who leave comments is an opinion of that individual. It is their right and freedom to speak. If the On-line news paper did not like something they would say and delete what they think is crossing the line or misinformed information. Tax paying residents in all the towns are tried of paying for everyone else, they are tired of all of you abusing the system and taking care of their "OWN" that you have been pushing. How is Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny? I think you are the one who needs to lay off the booze with your incoherent whining. Now, go get some beauty sleep. Just stop whining, telling others what they should do, trying to report others for something you are doing yourself. Enough Already! Stop responding. It is not flattering.
mattmurphy August 08, 2012 at 10:11 PM
somebody, this will be the last time that I respond to you. Talking to you is like talking to a brick wall. You are both pretty thick! Not only are you ignorant, you are also illiterate. Your incoherent ramblings prove it! BTW, newspaper is one word, and the word is tired, not tried. As for beauty sleep, have you looked in the mirror lately? You keep mentioning booze, I think it's time for you to refill your Sangria pitcher. We all know who you are. There can't be that many stupid people posting here on Patch. If there is, then Denise should shut it down once again!
somebody August 09, 2012 at 12:34 AM
mattmurphy, Stop already with you're holy than thou attitude. I feel like I am talking to a whinny baby that always had their mommy or husband take care of them all their life. Wah, Wah, Wah... A spoil brat that always had to get their way. You are the one who is ignorant. Stick your corrections and your literacy up your Assssssss! You don't know what your are talking about. Know one knows who I am, including you. You are guessing and doing a lot of assuming as usual. I am a "He" and you are a "She" so clearly your are wrong. You know what they say about individuals who assume. No, you are the one who brings up the drinking and I don't drink, so you are the one who is nuts. There you go again, telling Denise, what she should do, you have no say, you are not getting paid. If you don't like it don't read the on-line "NEWS PAPER" You are the one who is stupid and I am sure you will respond to me in one of your other "alias" mattmurphy!! There is no help for individuals that are as stupid as you. "Stupid is as Stupid does" Denise should do what she wants to. You are not her boss!
LB August 19, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I have been reading comments on a lot of different issues. Many that are on here arguing back and fourth do not even live in point pleasant beach. They are from other communities and they have to much to say if you ask me. Why do they think they should have control over the residents who live here? The council members need to start listening to the residents who actually own property and live here. It should not matter part-time or full-time. It just tells me there is to many who have some sort of interest to be so concerned. They or their families either are employed or making a lot of money from the businesses. It is getting really bad, it needs to stop, they should have no say..... Let them leave the town that they are from and move to the town of point pleasant beach and then they can have more of a say.

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