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Click on the image to read the detailed debt statement.Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 6.56.55 PM

Add the $4.5 million Community Disaster loan (which we’re not going to have to pay back according to the mayor) and the total is over $49 million.


  1. Resident wrote:

    This debt is insane. How the hell are we going to pay this without an extreme tax increase. You idiots that believed and voted for Matt. There is no FEMA reimbursement that’s going to fix this!

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    And that doesn’t even include the $7 million for the pavilions.

    *Correction. It includes $3.9 million for 5th Ave pavilion.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7:47 pm | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    I’d like to take a moment to thank Mayor Matthew Doherty for this utterly idiotic display of municipal finance. Good job Matty !

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Fiscal irresponsible behavior. Smoke and mirrors cannot hide this debt statement. Is Zuckerberg available to bailout Belmar?

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 10:08 pm | Permalink
  5. The Truth wrote:

    Claire could you please remind us of all the good he has done for the town again.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 6:41 am | Permalink
  6. HMM? wrote:

    Are these figures published to be compared with other towns of equal or similar size? Taken into account also the fluctuation in the seasonal population increases.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:01 am | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Manasquan is very similarto Belmar in size and amenities. Should sit down before comparing the two. Year round thriving business districts, Beach bars, legendary entertainment, sumptuous food, inlet, wtc, etc, etc.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:26 am | Permalink
  8. OLD MAN wrote:

    Maybe he can ask for donations from his democratic supporters?

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:41 am | Permalink
  9. admin wrote:

    Working on getting Manasquan’s info and maybe some other neighboring towns as well.

    All properties pay property tax and water bills whether the folks are seasonal or year round but of course badge buyers will be paying the beach utility debt for many years.

    BTW, anyone know what was ever done with the Buy a Board money? Has it been put towards the beach debt?

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:41 am | Permalink
  10. Islander wrote:

    BUY A BOARD MONEY? What’s that?

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 8:26 am | Permalink
  11. ms.nobody wrote:

    #10 A scam?

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:19 am | Permalink
  12. Voter wrote:

    Where is the Lake Como outflow bond of 6.1 million and the 2 million bond for the 10 Ave pavilion. And the 800,000 for the pretend emergency problems at the marina which were only moving and updating services for Bob Cooper and Chef’s cause we are really nice.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:29 am | Permalink
  13. ms.nobody wrote:

    The mayor wants to build the 5th Avenue Pavilion first so he can have a photo op and big Democrat party. Safety first and flood prevention do not count.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:48 am | Permalink
  14. MM wrote:

    This looks like an easy mailer for Tom Arnone

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 10:45 am | Permalink
  15. claire deicke wrote:

    #5-I have great confidence in the mayor, council, and our CFO where financial matters are concerned. We have the best CFO in the county, if not in the state. When I was councilwoman she was vigilant with her oversight, and advised with wisdom and intelligence…making no wrong turns along the way….what is this “in your face” attitude you project, #5…”Why don’t you tell us Claire how the mayor looks out for residents”.is that a “gotcha?”..really??

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  16. Better for Belmar wrote:

    Matt is no good for Belmar or the County.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  17. Fools wrote:

    I would really like to know what Claire Deicke is getting out of all of this and what connection she really has with Mad Matt. Nobody can have the facts right in their face and still look the other way and fight for a person that everybody knows is a bad mayor. Something smells fishy.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 12:48 pm | Permalink
  18. The Truth wrote:

    Claire ,

    Is the same CFO that our Mayor has put in a closet and forbids to speak to the press, towns people, other members of the council? I’m sure you would also say that we have or had the best legal counsel in the state as well. How’s that turning out? Is it so far off base to suggest Matt ignores good legal / fiscal advice for is own benefit. We are talking about $47,000,000 in debt , seeing how your all knowing what was the debt before Matt took over? But on the plus side taxes have remained stable, I wonder how?

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    Does anybody really believe this is the CFO’s budget and not Doherty’s ?!!! Claire, you can not be serious by stating that this budget is the work of anybody but Matt. Just sitting here laughing, thinking about a budget discussion between Nicolay and Brennan… Now that is funny, ha ha !!!

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Permalink
  20. joe goofinoff wrote:

    #16, Yes, but don’t forget to vote for him to get him out of here. At least that way, he can’t devote all of his time to lousing us up. He’ll have to split time between us and the country.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 3:25 pm | Permalink
  21. Claire Deicke wrote:

    17-Didn’t you know? He’s my nephew, and he pays me a ton of money to support him…we’re very close family..and we love to have fish dinners together as a family… So it certainly is “fishy” … Supporting him has many personal benefits….especially the big pay day!

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 4:31 pm | Permalink
  22. Claire Deicke wrote:

    18 & 19 ..When I was on the council the CFO was an integral part of the team … We spoke regularly.. She answered my questions and was superb at explaining her recommendations for the budget.. This was my experience…

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 4:37 pm | Permalink
  23. Voter wrote:

    The CFO is forbidden like ALL other employees to speak unless Officer Colleen Connolly is present. She has powers of arrest now. Part of the giveaways to all Matt’s friends.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:26 pm | Permalink
  24. HMM? wrote:

    #9 Without School, Water&Sewer and Beach the debt is $23 Million. How does that compare to other small, non-beach, seasonal or non-seasonal populations?

    #15 – I don’t see where anyone mentioned the CFO at all. It’s the debt incurred under this Administration that I believe is in question, not the CFO who is required to submit the Debt Statement on behalf of Belmar.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  25. admin wrote:

    She has to sign off that we can afford the borrowing

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm | Permalink
  26. belmarguy wrote:

    Claire, any comments on the “Was “Returned” $610 Returned Or Not?” post?

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:40 pm | Permalink
  27. Tough town wrote:

    Comparing Belmar to Manasquan would be interesting. It is fairly depressing to drive down Main Street in Belmar compared to Squan or even Spring Lake. Town is a joke compared Asbury and Red bank . Poor leadership

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
  28. Voter 3 wrote:

    So it’s clear we still pay School and Water & Sewer charges, every year. It is just not carried as long term debt. But we STILL pay it.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
  29. Claire Deicke wrote:

    25-Administrator-Thanks for enlightening #24…#26-To my knowledge the money was returned…

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:55 pm | Permalink
  30. admin wrote:

    There is nothing on any report indicating it was returned.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 8:11 pm | Permalink
  31. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #30-Interesting-I’ll check it out….

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 8:24 pm | Permalink
  32. belmarguy wrote:

    Claire you need to get your ducks in a row because there is paperwork proving that the money was not returned.. What proof would you have stating that it was?

    Friday, March 11, 2016 at 8:31 am | Permalink
  33. Voter wrote:

    Claire although you are the only one who posts on this blog that is in Matt’s clan, you are not in the loop or privileged to the inside deals. You are spoon fed info with limited facts. I feel sorry for you being used but not informed.

    Friday, March 11, 2016 at 8:57 am | Permalink
  34. Mike Seebeck wrote:

    Good Morning Claire while you’re checking that out could you please explain the debt status of Belmar. You have voted on budgets before and you have worked closely with Robin Kirk our CFO. I asked our mayor and council at a recent meeting about our debt and they laughed at me,except Brian who respectfully tried to answer my question. I know there are adjusting entries in the debt statement so I pray our debt is not 40 something million dollars. I also believe if the net debt is close to the actual number it may be higher then several towns around us combined. And lastly I believe if the mayor isn’t raising taxes and the debt is climbing steeply and nobody on the council is talking about the debt maybe there is something to be deeply worried about. I am hopeful you can clear this up. Thanks in advance!

    Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:06 am | Permalink
  35. Claire Deicke wrote:

    32-Are we speaking about the same issue? Mike-I don’t believe there’s anything to worry about deeply-I have confidence in those overseeing our finances and budget issues….

    Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:54 am | Permalink
  36. Better for Belmar wrote:

    Claire, your last comment was nothing but naive…..

    Friday, March 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm | Permalink
  37. Mike Seebeck wrote:

    Thanks for your response Claire but I believe you and I use a different method of Due Diligence to establish confidence. While we’re at it what do you think the Council (with the Mayor recused) is going to do with the petition on the pay to play issue? thanks again.

    Friday, March 11, 2016 at 1:26 pm | Permalink
  38. belmarguy wrote:

    Claire, what makes me laugh is if the mayor was a republican, you’d be flaring up about the spending thats going on in town.

    Friday, March 11, 2016 at 1:26 pm | Permalink
  39. HMM? wrote:

    #34- I wonder how many that voted for the Pavilion, to name just one item, have children or grandchildren that will be expected to pay for it over the next 30 years? Easy to vote yes if you don’t plan on living in Belmar or even living that long…..

    Friday, March 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm | Permalink
  40. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #38-laugh all you want .. My parents, especially my Dad, were conservative Republicans…while I’m a Democrat, I bear no ill will against Republicans per say..I do have problems, however,with those in our community who wish to discredit fine leaders, and refuse to recognize the progress taking place in Belmar..actually I have to laugh at your presumption that I’d be on the attack against Republicans…

    Friday, March 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm | Permalink
  41. The Truth wrote:

    At what price ? $47,000,000 wake up

    Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:57 pm | Permalink
  42. belmarguy wrote:

    Claire, everything stated on this blog is posted by factual paper work through information submitted by the township. Nothing on this blog is made up or misguided. Facts are facts Claire. This mayor is running this town worse then ever before with his wasteful spending and lies to the tax payers.

    Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8:16 am | Permalink
  43. Anonymous wrote:

    42-Disagree with you on all fronts..

    Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 11:48 am | Permalink
  44. say what wrote:

    #43 Please explain why you disagree

    Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm | Permalink
  45. Bill Straus wrote:

    I can say one thing to Claire. If the mayor’s success was measured by the bathrooms at Maclearie Park she has planned the grade would be an F. We asked for ADA PERMANENT bathrooms not a trailer.

    Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:51 pm | Permalink
  46. joe goofinoff wrote:

    #45 – What about having the DPW guys dig Benjo ditches in lieu of bathrooms? They could come each day and clean them out and use the contents to fertilize plants and vegetable gardens.

    Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 8:31 am | Permalink
  47. No Joke wrote:

    That’s already happening but without the ditches.

    Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 9:20 am | Permalink
  48. The Truth wrote:

    Claire you never answered the question what was the debt before Matt ? Don’t afraid just answer the question .

    Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 6:49 pm | Permalink
  49. admin wrote:

    I’ll answer. $18.7 million

    Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7:39 pm | Permalink
  50. The Truth wrote:


    Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7:49 pm | Permalink
  51. Belmar Dude wrote:

    But it is all free….right Claire

    Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 8:52 pm | Permalink
  52. admin wrote:

    Note also that the debt ratio, that is the size of the debt compared to the total value of property in Belmar has gone up over two and a half times.

    Monday, March 14, 2016 at 4:51 am | Permalink
  53. Anonymous wrote:

    Belmar DEBT two and one half times
    (2.5 ×)
    the prior administration”s debt

    Demand the Chief Financial Officer of Belmar explain this travesty at the 3/15/16 council meeting

    Monday, March 14, 2016 at 8:16 am | Permalink
  54. belamrguy wrote:

    :taps foot: Still waiting Claire, still waiting…

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:21 pm | Permalink
  55. chiclet wrote:

    #54 Mayor Matt has not refreshed her program yet.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 9:12 pm | Permalink
  56. A voter 2 wrote:

    #40 fine leaders of a municipality don’t get sued and told by a Judge they are improper in their actions!! Usual biased comment.

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
  57. belmarguy wrote:

    56, I agree!

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:01 pm | Permalink
  58. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #55-I’m so glad that you understand my intellectual limitations-yes……at my age……everything has to be programmed for
    me…..I really can’t think for myself… are so correct in your statement-and so very tolerant of old people…
    #54-Are you practicing to be a tap dancer like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire?? I think I’ve answered all of the questions posed to me…..tapping your foot with impatience is not good for your health…

    Friday, March 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm | Permalink
  59. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    #55. I am so jealous. I have understood Claire’s intellectual limitations for 3 years now without one acknowledgement. You use a false ID and get positive feedback. What is a person to do.

    Friday, March 18, 2016 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
  60. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #59-Yes, but you never stated that you realized that I’m was failing intellectually ….Chiclet actually stated that my program had to be prepared for me….and you, #59, are so very intellectually superior to me, and the rest of the world, when I come to reflect on it…Keep up all of your studies , intellectual pursuits, and fact-finding … But, if I may be so bold, understanding humor and sarcasm is not one of your strong points…at some point, I’d love to sit with you and discuss what you’ve read lately , what you’ve written lately…and discuss world problems.. It would be good for my diminished capacities..

    Friday, March 18, 2016 at 6:50 pm | Permalink
  61. HMM? wrote:

    Look what Mantoloking is getting for their $5 Million. A municipal building – not a recreational use building.

    Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm | Permalink
  62. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    #60. At some point maybe. While it is so, that I am intellectually superior, I do not want to revel in that. Nor, do I wish to take
    advantage of you, considering your condition.
    While what I have read and written of late is both profound and pertinent, I confess it would disturb and distress you.

    Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 12:11 am | Permalink
  63. joe goofinoff wrote:

    #60 – You have to understand Mrs Deicke that men are generally smarter than women, and certainly very much more represented in the ranks of genius’. Having said that, men are much more represented on the lowest end of the intellectual scale than women. So, I guess that sort of equalizes the equation.

    Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 5:24 am | Permalink
  64. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #62-I’d love to share some of my poetry with you…..

    Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

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