OUR PLAN FOR BRICK
Brick Democrats Plan for Property Tax Relief
Eliminate unnecessary political jobs
At a time when other towns have eliminated unnecessary management positions, the current government in Brick has been creating six-figure jobs and filling unnecessary positions that had been left vacant for years. As just one example, Juan Bellu was recently hired to a newly-created Assistant Business Administrator position that pays $150,000.
Eliminate overpriced no-bid contracts to campaign contributors
Since Acropolis and the Republicans took control in 2007, they have awarded over $10 million in no-bid contracts. The Ocean County Republican Chairman, George Gilmore, has been awarded over a million dollars in contracts and is their major campaign contributor.
Eliminate Cadillac benefits plans for MUA appointees
Republican appointees to the Brick Municipal Authority take almost $30,000 in salary and benefits and they only attend one meeting per month. We will appoint new members who will not collect pensions or health benefits. This will save Brick over $1 million over the next 10 years.
Implement a plan for regular maintenance of our roads and infrastructure
A long term plan for road and infrastructure maintenance is critical. Fixing roads is like fixing your roof. If you wait too long to do repairs to your roof, water seeps in and destroys the wood underneath the shingles. This ends up costing you more in the long run if you wait too long. We cannot wait too long to do street repairs, or the surface and the undersurface will both be damaged, which will cost more money than if repairs had been done in a timely manner. Our team will implement a real plan and timeline to minimize expense and properly maintain our roads.
Conduct an Operational Audit to identify cost savings
An Operational Audit examines the use of resources to determine if resources are being used in the most effective and efficient manner. This audit will identify how Brick can identify cost savings and share services to save tax dollars.
No more full time pay for part time work
Mayor Acropolis takes a $56,000 salary for his full-time job as mayor, and another $94,000 salary for his second, full-time job as executive director of the Toms River MUA. The Brick Council sets the salary for the Mayor and if we are elected to Council, we will demand that Acropolis either quit his second full time appointment at the Toms River MUA or we will cut his pay to a salary appropriate for a part time position. The current Council’s refusal to hold the Mayor accountable for this blatant misuse of our tax dollars is wrong.