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Council cutting millions

Manasquan trims Sandy spending


MANASQUAN — Borough Council members want to save millions of dollars in taxpayer money, and they are looking to reduce superstorm Sandy spending to do it.

The council already has canceled $4.5 million from a $7.4 million Sandy beach recovery bond that it approved for an emergency protection and recovery plan created a month and a half after the storm hit Oct. 29. It’s the first of three recovery bonds that officials will look to trim to save taxpayer dollars…………….

……..“I think, when a disaster hits, people give you a little bit of a leeway. But that’s when you have your greatest responsibility. At some point someone is going to have to pay the bill,”  (Councilman Michael) Mangan said. “I made a promise that we’d cancel any of the money we didn’t need as soon as it was possible.”


If Tom Burke and I are elected, we, along with Councilman Jim Bean, will do everything possible to undo any of the debt placed on the shoulders of Belmar’s taxpayers that hasn’t been spent already.  (I do fear, however, that it’s already pretty much all been spent.)  And bear in mind that Manasquan borrowed significantly less than we did in the first place.

Elect one Republican in November and we can stop the unnecessary borrowing.  (Bonding  requires a 2/3 or better vote.)  Elect both Republicans and we can attack the careless and wasteful spending that creates the need to borrow (and tax) so much.


  1. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    Thank you for posting this. I have been very vocal about how Sandy affairs were basically mismanaged. The root cause was when the Mayor “politicized” the position of Borough Administrator. For years Mannasquan and Belmar had a single person doing both functions (administrator and CFO.) Removing these functions from an experienced Robbin Kirk has played out in many ways.
    The difference between the two administrations now could not be more striking. The boardwalk reconstruction was bonded 11/21 for 20 million. The job was awarded at 6 million and in March they approved 2 million in change orders.
    The electrical and other necessary work came in at and additional 2 plus million.
    Since it’s completion the borough spent the other 10 million because they could.

    Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    We also saved about $70,000/year by having Robbin hold both positions.

    Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:42 am | Permalink

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