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Doesn’t Everyone With A Master’s Have A Bachelor’s?

Being left on porches in some other towns:


We in Belmar already know that Matt is very frugal with tax dollars but I think some of his budget saving measures are a bit extreme.  For example, he forces Brian and Janis to use the same desk:


BTW next year it will be Tom Brennan that’s keeping taxes low.


  1. Anonymous wrote:

    These candidates all laud the “No tax increases for 6 years” BS.
    Admin.- can you please remind the good people of Monmouth County what Belmar’s debt was 7 years ago and what it is today. Thanks

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:50 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    $18 million when he took office, $49 million as of a few months ago.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:00 am | Permalink
  3. Summer Timer wrote:

    As per #2….. The towns debt statement keeps increasing… That is a tax increase by definition, we just did not pay for it yet…. Wake up Belmar voters we are living on a credit card…. Great job on the pay to play victory!! I appreciate your efforts…

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:47 am | Permalink
  4. Guest wrote:

    All smoke & mirrors. Ask the Belmar taxpayers about the $30+ MILLION of additional debt since Matt Doherty took office and the questionable over expensing of municipal expenses from the beach revenue account. So these zero tax increase were the result of a huge increase in Belmar’s debt and a 1 for me – 1 for you attitude of beach badge fees. Give any town a $30+ million dollar credit card & a cash rich beach and they too would see zero tax increases.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:10 am | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    I just read the Coast Star article about the “Pay to Play” vote. Matt Doherty needs to be recalled. Belmar taxpayers can not afford one more day of this self-serving politician.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:15 am | Permalink
  6. Belmar Dude wrote:

    The family across from St. Rose high school has not moved back in from Sandy and I am sure there are more.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:58 am | Permalink
  7. guest wrote:

    “continue attracting new business to Belmar.” I would like to see them focus on retaining existing businesses.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:05 am | Permalink
  8. guest wrote:

    In today’s Coast Star: “We have to follow the legal advice of our attorney’s,” Mayor Doherty said. Based on that advice, he said, the borough will proceed with an appeal of Superior Court Judge Katie A. Gummer’s decision on the ordinance, seeking a ruling on whether the original ordinance is, in fact, unconstitutional.”
    My question: Shouldn’t Council vote on whether to move forward with an appeal since it will waste more tax payer money? If so, it won’t look good for Brian and Janice to have their support of an appeal on the record.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:14 am | Permalink
  9. Guest wrote:

    Obviously that Master’s degree didn’t come with any course study in common sense.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:43 am | Permalink
  10. Disgusting wrote:

    Matt’s continued fight at our expense is disgusting. There are so many lies at our expense. The taxes WILL go up dramatically because of all the lies and borrowing and spending..and the results of the law suites will have dramatic cost consequences too. There are many families all over town that are still not back from the Storm. Matt has no problem using there personal agony for his political gain. The shameless lies from the lawless mayor and council are too many to list and too much to bear. We really should start a recall campaign. We are getting pretty good at special elections after all, knucklehead matt has required two so far. It is just shocking how far he continues to go with no concern for the Town. Shameless soulless matt.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 9:34 am | Permalink
  11. Alfred E Newman wrote:

    In an effort to clear up the whole Bachelors vs Masters degree controversy:
    He has a Bachelors degree in desperation And a Masters in obfuscation.
    He also seems to think that ‘bipartisan’ is a type of clothing. ‘Led the recovery from Sandy in bipartisan fashion’. He must be referring to that little sleeveless number with the Belmar tsunami logo on it. I don’t have the heart to tell him that it means to compromise and work with others towards the greater good.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 9:42 am | Permalink
  12. Trumpster Fire wrote:

    Just because you received a Masters and a Bachelors doesn’t mean that they came from the same school. Georgetown is fantastic!

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 9:46 am | Permalink
  13. OLD MAN wrote:

    As with most colleges today Georgetown pumps out more liberals. Soon the liberals will have nobody to blame but themselves.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 11:58 am | Permalink
  14. July 2016 wrote:

    MetLife sold MetLife Securities, Inc., to MassMutual.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:47 pm | Permalink
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    Did they copy their signatures from a voter’s registration ledger?

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:38 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    How old are your children? Will they be able to pay their Belmar property tax in THEIR future? Be honest, do you care?

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:48 pm | Permalink
  17. Feisty wrote:

    Over 30 million new Belmar debt under Doherty. Just astonishing.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
  18. admin wrote:

    Maybe slightly less because there’s a little more FEMA coming

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:26 pm | Permalink
  19. ALLTRUMPEDUP wrote:

    Can anyone tell me where this $30M actually went and what was it spent on???? Is there something tangible I can set my eyes on in this town worth $30M, or did all that money go towards professional services and overtime of the Department Heads?

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm | Permalink
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    Ask our CFO, Robin Kirk, at the next council meeting or deposition.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:17 am | Permalink
  21. HOFFA wrote:

    Did Joy ever get the emails between the Town and FEMA ?

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:04 am | Permalink
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    #19 – OVERTIME !!!
    Unlimited Police Overtime
    Acting Chief Overtime
    2 Captain’s Overtime
    Supervisor Overtime
    Creative shifts and posts for more overtime

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:31 am | Permalink
  23. Quack wrote:

    Djais overtime, I heard one patrolmen made $300k with overtime.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 1:35 pm | Permalink
  24. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    As far as Djais goes, I’ve been there but it’s not my cup of tea. The bar has been there for years and few people now living in the area were there when it opened. The problem is the behavior of people over time has deteriorated and now they are a big problem when they come out of there late at night all drunked up. Nothing really can be done short of the local residents turning on the drunks. Then of course, the local people would be arrested for taking matters into their own hands. It’s a very hard situation to deal with. Nothing will be done of course until some sort of disaster occurs and our officials will all act surprised.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
  25. Winner wrote:

    10% city tax on nightclubs that charge an admission fee. The money would flow in quickly. A nightclub that has 25 bouncers and a 600 person capacity is troubling.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:56 pm | Permalink
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    Cash businesses collecting “Resort Tax”in Belmar, really?

    Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11:22 am | Permalink
  27. Summer Timer wrote:

    Sea Girt has the same issues with the Parker House in a neighborhood with multimillion dollar homes…. Both Djais and the Parker House have the right to operate and it will be very difficult for a town to eliminate these businesses…..

    Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  28. Winner wrote:

    Not eliminate, just pay for their own police. #27

    Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 6:29 pm | Permalink
  29. ALLTRUMPEDUP wrote:

    As in the case of Bar-A. The good people of Belmar pay for 3/4 of the cost to patrol and handle disturbances there, while the people of Lake Como reap %100 of the tax money Bar-A pays. Great plan Matt. Wake up people.

    Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8:02 pm | Permalink
  30. Anonymous wrote:

    You have to understand that you are paying high taxes for a security service for the BARS. You cannot be so stupid as to accept the fuzzy logic that you’ve been spoon fed that they’ve always been here so there’s nothing we can do. Have another free drink and. You could purchase your own booze if you didn’t have to pay the security tax in your neighborhood. The Don needs your $$$ so they don’t have to pay.

    Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 10:12 pm | Permalink
  31. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    when Belmar Police make arrests in Lake Como and takes them to a holding cell …. where are they released?

    Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 10:57 pm | Permalink
  32. ALLTRUMPEDUP wrote:

    I would assume they are released from 601 Main St., Belmar. Great marketing strategy. They can then stop in Anchor Tavern to spend money on fine dining as they meander back to their cars in Lake Como. Matt’s a genius. NOT

    Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 12:19 pm | Permalink
  33. Masters plus one wrote:

    Did anyone realize Matt should have listed restauranteur to his masters credentials as he u doubtedly has a piece of anchor tavern or an interest in chefs International (of course quietly) Read between the lines that’s why everything was streamlined for them through the Borough. Can’t wait for that to come out

    Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
  34. Maclearie Pk Protest wrote:

    Teddy Here!!! Love how back-stabbing Brian and Janis Keown- Whatever laud their work on parks in Belmar. Can I barf NOW. Too late to get me angry. PLEASEEEEES Belmar voter- especially Dist. 3 Maclearie Park Neighbors, VOTE THOSE, SELF-SERVING, enemies of open space OUT OF OFFICE.

    Monday, October 3, 2016 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

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