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The SID Flinches

Wednesday evening the SID withdrew it’s proposed $176,000 budget, thus avoiding an embarrassing rejection by the council.  Apparently even the Democrats couldn’t go along with a 30% increase over last year’s $135,000 budget.  I thought it was kind of crappy to drag all those interested people to the meeting, many of them having prepared to speak, and then cop out of having a hearing and a vote.

I wish they would just drop the whole thing already.  It was a bad idea from the start and it’s done nothing to improve the business climate in town.  Maybe they can save face by saying that due to the hurricane the town’s businesses need to direct their financial resources elsewhere.  It certainly would be the truth.

The issue of declaring the entire town in need of rehabilitation was answered to my satisfaction although several residents remained highly suspicious.  The mayor explained that in order to get 5 year tax abatements on improvements for folks who want to improve their houses while repairing the storm damage, they had to use this law to get the idea past our state overlords (my term, not his.)  Actually, I believe it is not so much this town, but it’s government that is in need of rehabilitation.

Anyway Matt stated unequivocally that this has nothing to do with eminent domain or anything like that.  I wish the sate would just butt out of our affairs so we wouldn’t have to do things like this.

And the $4 million bond to repair our non-profit marina will be paid mostly by our sugar-daddies at FEMA.  So yipee!  Spend away!


  1. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    I can’t believe we listened to an attorney selling snake oil and the Council bought gallons. Belmar Rehabilitation Area designation is a bummer!

    Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    You know me Gene, I hate all of this sort of thing. But if it’s the only way to give tax abatements, and it will only be used for that purpose, then I guess I have to go along with it. Maybe we can add a clause to the resolution that forbids it’s use for any other purpose.

    The real problem is that the state spends about 90% of it’s time force feeding us snake oil.

    Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 4:31 am | Permalink
  3. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    If the property owners can’t pay the taxes, they shouldn’t be encouraged to build bigger houses.

    Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:53 am | Permalink

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