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SID Passes!

6:22 am

Despite vocal opposition from several members of the business community, the 2015 Special Improvement District budget was passed tonight by a 4 to 1 margin.

Before casting their votes, Councilwoman Blackburn and Councilwoman Nicolay both commented on how nice the Christmas decorations look this year.  Councilman Magovern stated that he still thought the $119,000 budget was a little high but he was willing to give the SID the benefit of the doubt and let the special SID tax continue for another year.  Mayor Doherty said he understood the concerns of the SID’s critics, and that he would ask the directors of the SID to work to try to come up with fairer system for the SID tax assessments, but he still felt the SID has had great success and wanted to continue the progress.

Councilman Bean, in his final vote as a Belmar councilman, cast the sole “no” vote.  He said that the tax was an impediment to business development in town and that the Council should be working to cut the cost of doing business in Belmar instead of increasing it.  He did not know it at the time, but his vote turned out to be the last “no” vote ever cast at a Belmar Borough Council meeting.


  1. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    There’ll be more no votes. Just to make it look like there’s some sort of thought process behind their thinking. But it will be a rehearsed “no” vote. But yes, Jim’s no vote will be the last actual no vote.

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:31 am | Permalink
  2. Bill Straus wrote:

    In a related story I was walking along Main St when an idiot riding a bike in a Benedict Arnold costume carrying a sign saying “give it up” tried to run me down. Good thing I was so fleet afoot to avoid him.

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Permalink
  3. sweetiepieface wrote:

    Did anyone read the SEA Christmas propaganda? Seeing is believing and watching the lake rise every time there’s a shower or two has everyone shaking in their boots.

    Hope the Mayor’s estimated 60 letter writers get some satisfaction from this administration. Relief hasn’t come to fruition yet, maybe the next lottery will do the trick.

    Whatever happened to the campaign promises? Unfulfilled? Maybe they need the 18th Avenue constituency to write letters from their homes in order to get Lake Como flooding fixed.

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Permalink
  4. Guest wrote:

    Sweetiepieface, where does one read SEA information? Most of us from the “south end” have never been solicited to join this group.

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

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