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Seaside Heights to Seek $1.5M in State Aid to Close Budget Gap

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The entrance to Seaside Heights from the north. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The entrance to Seaside Heights from the north. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

For the second year in a row, Seaside Heights will request financial assistance from the state to bridge the gap between its expenses and the money generated by its tax base, which is still suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy.

Last year, the borough received about $1.75 million, enough to stave off what could have been a 12 cent tax hike, which officials believed could have been disastrous for homeowners and businesses. Ultimately, the state awarded the borough $750,000 in state disaster aid funding and $1,016,00 in what is known as transitional aid – state funding that is most commonly used in urban areas suffering from declining tax bases. In Seaside Heights, the aid was aimed at shoring up the tax base which has yet to recover from the storm.

This year, the borough has asked for $1.5 million, said Borough Administrator Christopher Vaz. About $200 million in tax ratables lost in Sandy have yet to come back on the rolls, plus the borough has experienced delays in compensation for some of the money it spent during recovery. The aid last year helped the borough council keep a tax hike down to about $64 for the average homeowner.

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“They have not been recovering, it’s kind of stagnant, in fact,” Vaz said of the properties which are still storm-damaged. “Plus we’re still waiting for some Sandy reimbursement money that has yet to come in.”

There will be no disaster aid funding available this year, which is why the borough requested additional transitional aid. The state was aware that Seaside Heights would face the shortfall this year, Vaz said, and worked with the borough over the course of the previous year to set policies in place that would help the town qualify for the funding.

“Their estimation, which is really what has been born out, is that this will be the year we really need the money,” Vaz said of the state officials.

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  • Mac

    Let’s change the national image of Seaside’s three stooges (Gilmore and the Vas duet) all standing in their usual unified huddle with their hands out begging for more, more and even more due to the results of their own shortcomings. Just have Gilmore donate his annual bilking of Seaside for a year and the deficit problem will immediately solve itself.

    • Scott

      Mac can you point me in the direction of where he is “bilking” money. If you know we should all know. Just don’t throw out accusations without facts!

      • Mac

        Oh please. Accusations without facts? I just finishing reading the comments you posted in the Seaside MAGA parade. Your head is stuck so far in the sand we can only see your toes wiggle after a northeastern eats away 15 feet of recently replenished sand fill.

        • Scott

          Thanks for the answer!

          • Mac

            Your welcome. As for SSH, I don’t know if the quality of life there is capable enough anymore of cleaning up decades of extremely poor and shoddy leadership that has become known nationally, but I’m convinced beyond as possible reasonable doubt that it would be impossible for such to happen as long as Gilmore and the Vas dittos are at the top of the foremost recognized Jersey Shore scorched beach heap. And that’s a tragedy, for sure.

          • Scott

            Sounds like a personal issue. As I always say if they were as bad as you say they would not get reelected. Not knowing Seaside Politics at all it appears 50% plus 1 think they are doing a good job.

          • Mac

            Yes, I consider low-life elected and appointed officials personal interference in both my lifestyle and future of my children and grandchildren. And, for the record, Ocean County voters overall historically have never had a clue in who or what they have ever elected. But then again, that’s not overly important outside of Ocean County. After three hundred years of no attempt to take over the political climate here, it goes without saying that there is nothing here that anyone else wants. Even sand, the only other business here besides corruption, now has to be imported. So sad.

          • Scott

            Well you have every right to complain as a voter. I would suggest you stick your toe in the water and try and change things. Maybe you already have or are considering it. Get out there and run for office. I did and it work well.

          • Mac

            Did that already, but wish you the best. I won 9 1/2 election spots out of 11. The 1/2 I lost took them seven months to get overturned in a (in-the-family) court. It seems the judge believed 13 voters put their check marks next to the wrong name on their mail-in ballots. Always amazing how things can work out in those little side street county courtrooms next to that big tollbooth in Toms River where everyone wears a black robe.
            I had three problems in this situation that I couldn’t overcome. After those around me were elected, they were introduced to the perks of greed that can come with the position that money can’t buy, by the political powers to be, along with $5000 backroom sunshine law violation dinners and wine fests. One of them always ordered a second lobster dinner to go.
            Secondly, how many elected/appointed officials can stand up to the party boss when they have a child desperately in need of the full time family benefits that are awarded them for part time service? Either eliminate all working benefits for public service, or pay them enough to buy their own. They can’t regulate a health benefit system they are a part of, for obvious reasons.
            And three, the voters themselves. They are fickle, fickle, and fickle. You can be very popular with them until the time comes when they are required to actually stand behind you. This is a no-no, as they expect you to do all the work, which isn’t possible alone. The only satisfaction I can derive from that experience. other than personal satisfaction, is the large number of people that have asked me to return in earnest.
            Currently, I’m involved in what I hope will make a far larger impact than just running for office. If I succeed, you’re bound to learn about it. πŸ™‚

          • Scott

            Well it will be easy to find out who you are but save me the trouble. Who are you and what year was that?

          • Mac

            And that would be important why? I don’t go to much trouble to hide who I am, as what I’ve revealed above suggests, but for the sake of my neighbors, I don’t put it on billboards either. Besides, 99% of the people I speak out about know who I am and where I am, and I feel that’s fair and sufficient. However, It’s truly not hard to find out who I am if you have that on your agenda.

          • Scott

            No agenda at all just curious

          • Mac

            I’m flattered, for sure.

          • Mac

            Scott, after looking up and reading some of your previous posts before the ones today. I’m kind of surprised at your original question posted here. Do you have a personal stake in this corrupt ‘mountain of sand’ you are currently taking to heart?