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Atlantic City Budgets: 1996 – 2008

   The recent shock of Mayor Scott Evans’s 2008 Proposed $204,849,321 (that is nearly $205 Million) budget should be put in perspective.  In 2001 the budget was around $138 Million.    2007’s adopted budget was $193,167,083.  Do not take my word for it.  Take a look at Atlantic City Budgets 1996 – 2006.

   The budget history evidences that each time City government gets more money they spend it, rather than reduce the budget.  Every time new taxable development arrives government gives out another political job, or invents a new program, rather than reduce the tax burden for everyone. 

   Atlantic City has grown much in recent years.  But has there been a population or visitor boom to merit approximately $67 Million of budget increases in 7 years?  Elected officials have said “yes” through their actions and votes.  Property owners at the revaluation town meetings have said “no.”  Citizens in their homes are saying “no” as they await the August tax bill.  I join other voices in saying “no.” 

   It is time to decrease the budget dramatically. 


About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


12 thoughts on “Atlantic City Budgets: 1996 – 2008

  1. This is bordering on criminal. The city should have Deloitte or whoever come in and do a complete audit of every department and every position in the city. If the politicians cared anything about the taxpayers and home owners they could easily cut $50 million from the budget and eliminate many unneccessary positions. But we know most of the people in office only care about their friends, families and lining their pockets. Better yet, A.C. government should be outsourced.

    Posted by Chris | February 15, 2008, 8:42 pm
  2. Everyone wants less Taxes, but be sure they pickup the trash on my street. We need less cops and fireman, but not in my part of town. Running a goverment is not, is not like running a business, you have the care and feeding of the people, evryone wants to pay less. The state out of control, the fed out of control. In the end you can only control the growth of the increases. I spent $5000.00 more than I did last year and I don’t have it. Ihope to spend less this year, but it takes what it takes.

    Posted by keylargododge | February 15, 2008, 10:48 pm
  3. Keylargododge: do you really believe that it costs $206 million to provide police, fire, & trash pick-up? Give us a break.

    Posted by Jesse O. Kurtz | February 15, 2008, 10:57 pm
  4. Great observation. If city government had used new ratables for tax reduction, residents would actually be paying LESS takes than the MORE we are now! If we were getting more services or even better service, maybe it would be worth it, but we’re not! It’s even worse than it was 10 years ago. I agree with Chris. This is criminal. We need more arrests. Throw them all out!!!

    Posted by dave202 | February 15, 2008, 11:19 pm
  5. 1.Mr Kurtz welcome to the real world the cost of lawyers is staggering. Just think how much it costs to put up a rest room sign–$200,000 in studies so we won;t hurt anyones feeling
    2. we elect people to watch out taxes,congress, state reps and city council. The Pesident Gov and the Mayor can’t spent without their approval

    Posted by keylargododge | February 15, 2008, 11:49 pm
  6. Keylargo, Did you even read that the budget was $137 million in 2001? A.C. has even less of a resident population now, visitors to the resort are down on account of Pennsylvania casinos, 1 third of A.C. is vacant lots and crime is as bad as ever. You have to be kidding me. Keylargododge you or a family member wouldn’t happen to work for the city or be a lawyer would you?

    Posted by Chris | February 16, 2008, 10:35 am
  7. I was born and raised a catholic and a republican in the 50’s in the Inlet. Population was 65000+ in those days. When the casinos were being built the parking lots all had PA, NY and out of town cars. Most all the casino working today are from somewhere else. As for me I left AC in 94 and live in the Caribbean, but my heart is with the people of AC. People like you Chris and Kurtz have no idea how we got here!!

    Posted by keylargododge | February 16, 2008, 11:24 am
  8. Keylargo: we know very much what goes on in the world. I studied much of Atlantic City history while working with one of the foremost historians of Atlantic City. That is interesting, but irrelevant for our budget concerns.

    Waste is waste in 1950, 2001, and today. Why do you hesitate to push for fiscal responsibility? Waste should be cut. Taxes should be lowered.

    Posted by Jesse O. Kurtz | February 16, 2008, 2:42 pm
  9. When I was you age I too thought I could change the world and elimate poverty and racism, but its not going to happen, that doesn’t mean we should stop trying, but only only way we could achieve those goals if we did away with the people.
    Waste in Goverment is like the poor, we’re always going to have them no matter what we do and that’s a fact of life my studious friend

    Posted by keylargododge | February 16, 2008, 4:19 pm
  10. keylargododge

    Juset because you failed to do anything positive in your life is no reason to castigate Mr. Kurtz. He and those young people like him are the hope of AC. You moved away. You abdicated your responsibility. Jesse has been here his whole life and cares about the city. You should be applauding his efforts rather than throwing your negativity around. Yes, it will be difficult to reign in the out-of-control spending, but if you don’t try, you’re doomed to fail.

    Posted by dave202 | February 16, 2008, 6:12 pm
  11. Well dave202 you got me. As I was telling a gas jockey in FL the other day when I was filling up my $250,000 RV I hope they increase the gas to $10.00 a gal to keep the rift-raft off the road. I guess I have nothing to look forward to but the new SI swinsuit issue.

    Posted by keylargododge | February 16, 2008, 8:16 pm
  12. Why can’t the leaders in Atlantic City follow this same principle? It’s such common sense.

    Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matt Milam have introduced an 8-point package of bills, which addresses the fiscal problems in the state. Not only is this legislative team opposed to Governor Corzine’s Toll Hike Plan-they’ve actually come up with their own.

    Senator Jeff Van Drew says, “Before we go forward with anything else, we need to tighten our belts.”

    Assemblyman Nelson Albano explains, “We have spent, we have borrowed, we have spent, we have borrowed, that has to come to an end and we have an eight-point plan here that will stop that.”

    This legislative team says their 8- point plan would:

    1.) Stop spending money we don’t have.
    2.) Stop borrowing without voter approval.
    3.) Constitutionally mandate a 4% cap on state spending.
    4.) Begin a mandatory reduction of the number of employees in
    the executive branch by 10%.
    5.) Start a constitutional rainy day fund.
    6.) Mandate that the new state comptroller audit every state
    department, division and cabinet level position, and produce a
    plan that will reduce the cost of running the state
    bureaucracy overall by 10%.
    7.) Keep the property tax rebates for the seniors and disabled
    then suspend the property tax rebate for everyone else and
    put the question on the ballot.
    8.) Stop wasting money on printed materials, which are seldom

    Posted by Chris | February 19, 2008, 3:38 pm

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