The BRIGANTINE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION presents this public information provided by the City on 1/20/21 to help taxpayers evaluate their municipal government’s 2021 budget and its allocation and expenditure of taxes and other revenue.
The US Census Bureau’s latest (7/2019) estimated population of Brigantine is 8,650, down several thousand more residents in the 2010 Census. (The 2020 Census numbers aren’t available yet). A population trend, as well as any pandemic effect on our permanent, fulltime population, must be considered when reviewing the scope, feasibility and cost of municipal services and the economic health of local businesses.
2021 SALARIES – CITY OF BRIGANTINE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES
The number of employees earning at least $100,000 is 45.
The number of listed positions (excluding seasonal ones) is 182 (one person holds 2 positions), 2 more than in 2019.
There are 34 police officers (excluding specials) and 34 firefighter/EMTs.
The amount of the listed payroll is $11.4 million, $300,000 more than in 2019. This number includes the base salary, longevity payments and all stipends (there are 32 different ones).
Not included are overtime ($457,400), health benefits (budgeted $2 million), State and Federal statutory retirement /pension payments ($3.6 million) and longevity payments (being paid just for being on the job, $272,000).
Longevity, an unjustified expense for taxpayers, is part of the municipal union contracts for those hired before 1/1/15.
The proposed 2021 budget was introduced on 3/3/21. It includes a 1.1 cent or 1.7% increase in our local purpose tax rate and will be voted on by Council on 4/7/21.
It is online at brigantinebeach.org and is one part of the total property tax, the others being the school and Atlantic County taxes.