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Council Meeting Of June 4, 2014

Some highlights:
Mayor Doherty and Councilman Magovern bash the bond petition and claim that it will force Belmar to have a special election for the referendum at a cost to the taxpayers of $20,000. The mayor also made the ridiculous assertion that the referendum will set a precedent and that from now on all bonds for capital improvements, even those that are necessary such as the repairs to our water supply infrastructure, will be petitioned against.

Budget presentation and hearing

At the public session, Ted Ehmann points out that by mutual agreement between the town and the petitioners, the referendum can legally be moved to November so there would be no need for a $20,000 special election. He also offers to withdraw the petition if the pavilions can be built at a cost that makes sense. The mayor does not accept either of Ehmann’s offers. I follow Ted and pick apart some of the other arguments Doherty and Magovern made.


  1. guest wrote:

    I heard that the Avon pavilion was built for under $1M. Ehmann’s Offer of withdrawing the petition if the bond is reduced to approx $3.5 – $4M seems more than reasonable. It’s now up to the Mayor whether he wants to spend $20K in taxpayer funds or not.

    Friday, June 6, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  2. Tom Burke wrote:

    That comment sums up what many feel is the most reasonable approach. Contrary to what was said by one councilman, I personally think the vast majority want this more reasonable cost to the needed pavilions.

    Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

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