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Manasquan Set To Hike Taxes: What Do You Think?

Hurricane Sandy or the impact of recent snowstorms were not cited as reasons for the possible increase. An increase in the employees' group health insurance, however, could reportedly be a factor. Please vote in our poll.

Manasquan could be releasing a budget by the end of the month that could hike municipal taxes for the average homeowner by $60.

Hurricane Sandy or the impact of recent snowstorms were not cited as reasons for the possible increase. An increase in the employees' group health insurance, however, could be a factor, according to The Coast Star.

The governing body met over the weekend to discuss the 2014 budget.

What do you think? Please let us know in the poll or in the comments.

JR April 05, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Here are the problems that I have with the people running this town: At a time where funds are in short supply, Squan 1) built a "Taj Mahal" beach building to replace the one that was at the beachfront end of Main St. Go LOOK at this thing. It is gigantic for a building that is used 3 months out of the year, and even then, for limited purposes. Maybe if the town was flush with cash, ok, but in tough economic times? It is so big you can't even see around the sides of it, which used to be great for people driving down Main, to get their first view of the beach. 2) The totally unnecessary re-do of the post office parking lot. Why was this so important?. The lot is rarely full, and did anybody really have an issue with the way it was set up or used? this was a solution in search of a problem. 3) The 3rd Ave. parking lot. Absolutely this lot was in need of re-paving. But again, why the need for a new design, change in traffic pattern, causing one street to be one-way, and ridiculously high cost? This is a PARKING LOT. In needs smooth pavement and striped lines. 4) Athletic fields. this one I confess, I'm not as sure about. Our kids need good sports facilities. But $3 mill in unsecured funds seems like a lot.
H. Young April 05, 2014 at 11:38 PM
Agree the employees health plans of most gov't workers need to be in tune with what the private sector pays. I didn't know the county and state shared so much of the ticket revenue. I do think the towns should enforce moving violations more especially cell phone and texting they are not like speeding where you might be a few miles over the limit you're either doing it or not it is avoidable.
Manasquan April 06, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Cell phone violations are a "distracted driving" ticket so they are technically a moving violation. You're saying you are in control of whether or not you use the phone, but not what the speedometer shows? Still not addressing the larger problem, the runaway spending at the municipal level. The spending is one part of the problem, the borrowing that mortgages the future is an even larger one. Council is so far in debt now they are borrowing on short term items. I agree with the above. The capital spending on an ugly beach HQ and repaving a post office is asinine. Paving a parking lot for bennies who pay the same amount that we do to go to our beach and trash our town while leaving us holding the bag on carrying the debt to make their parking better is insulting. The school is a separate budget and entirely different issue of it's own.
Penn Cross April 06, 2014 at 01:42 PM
I never heard about a town vehicle being crashed. What were the circumstances surrounding it?
Manasquan April 07, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Penn - it was reported, just not covered. http://starnewsgroup.com/weekly/2013/01.17.13/borough_empl_01.17.13_63786.html Story was it was employee's fault and the lady hit was dinged up pretty good, crutches surgery etc. No one ever said why he was in a town vehicle at that hour nor why someone needs to drive one all the way home vs pick it up each morning upon arrival for work. I suspect the answer would be "because we always did it this way."

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