We Will Not Accept Tax Increases

TELL YOUR MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL THAT WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THESE INCREASES
Spending increases 7.00%
Taxation increases 12.257%
Equivalent tax rate increase, excluding ratables is 12.11%

1ST WARD JODY ALESSANDRINE 391-8598 jodya3@comcast.net
AT-LARGE SCOTT PING 399-0413 scottping2006@yahoo.com
AT-LARGE MICHAEL ALLEGRETTO 432-8739 Michael.Allegretto@prufoxroach.com
2ND WARD GREGORY JOHNSON 457-4764
MAYOR SAL PERILLO 703-7675 sal6767@yahoo.com
AT-LARGE KEITH HARTZELL 399-5324 keithhartzell@hotmail.com
3RD WARD JACK THOMAS 399-9586 jackthomaocnj@comast.net
4TH WARD ROY WAGNER 399-4429 edwinaroyoc@yahoo.com

Below is an article that appeared in the January 18, 2008, edition of the Press of Atlantic City. Mr. Miller’s article is very informative and gives us some thought provoking comments about the presentation of the 2008 Ocean City Budget by Mayor Sal Perillo. There are several statements that need to be commented on prior to our members and taxpayers of Ocean City reading this article.

Because of information given to Michael Miller by the city, he states in the article

“… the city’s payroll is increasing by just 4 percent.”

FACT: It is important that you understand that the increase in payroll for fulltime personnel increased more than 6%. This 6% includes pending salary increase of $400,000 that was erroneous listed as a FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) figure rather than being listed as the full time salary number. The pending salary increases are associated with the ongoing contract negotiation with the firefighters union.

“The city plans to eliminate two (2) positions this year in addition to the nine (9) positions cut last year.”

FACT: These nine positions were funded but the positions were never filled. In reality, there were no cuts in personnel associated with those nine positions.

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