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.