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Sea Isle City, NJ plans budget with no tax increase

By MICHAEL MILLER, Press of Atlantic City

SEA ISLE CITY – City Council will vote next month on a $24 million budget that will not raise the local tax rate for the third year in a row.

 

The city is levying $14.2 million of its budget from taxpayers, up about $100,000 from the previous year.

 

The budget anticipates collecting about $40,000 more in beach-tag sales than last year’s budget after visitors and residents paid $1.2 million in 2011.

 

Sea Isle anticipates a surplus of $1.4 million, or about $300,000 more than in 2011.

The city was the first municipality in Cape May County to introduce its 2012 budget last month. A public hearing is scheduled for March 13.

 

Residents can look forward to a federal beach-replenishment project and more public improvements to JFK Boulevard, with a new parking lot at the site of the former library and more public entertainment at the new Excursion Park, Desiderio said.

 

The city is creating a walking corridor from the Promenade to the bay along JFK Boulevard. The public improvements last year included a new playground, veterans memorial, public bandstand and park.

 

The city plans to expand its concert schedule at Bracca Plaza this summer with help from the city’s chamber of commerce, Mayor Leonard Desiderio said.

“That has been a home run for us,” he said. “The business community sponsors the entertainment there, and that helps.”

Copies of the budget are available at City Hall or online under the city government tab at www.seaislecitynj.us.

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