Tax Rate Stable; Getting Ready for Summer in Barnegat Light

May 16, 2018

The municipal tax rate will not go up this year for Barnegat Light residents.

“We have a zero percent increase; the rate is the same as last year,” said Councilman Michael Spark, chairman of the revenue and finance committee. “We can thank our Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Flanagan for working very hard on keeping it under control, and with the help from our borough auditor (Brian Logan), good job by all.”

The $4,062,383 total municipal budget was passed with a tax levy of 21.7 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

The average house is valued at $786,050 this year.

Appropriations include $722,038 for shared services, which includes police; $601,335 for debt service; $509,200 for parks and recreation; $350,000 for garbage removal; $184,900 for insurance; and $134,500 for utilities among other categories.

There is $1,099,142 in surplus offsetting the amount to be raised for taxation, which is $2.17 million. Beach badge fees are expected to bring in $215,000.

A progress report on the new pavilion on borough-owned property at Bayview Avenue between West Sixth and Seventh streets finds the structure “getting close” to completion, according to Councilman Ed Wellington.

“After waiting for almost four weeks, Atlantic City Electric finally connected us to the pole ... all the electric is now on for the facility,” Wellington said.

“The posts that hold the roof up are all being wrapped; we’re getting one or 1½ done a day,” he listed among work done, which also included cedar shakes on one side.

“We got one set of stairs on the west side of the building done, the handicap ramp is done ... the benches for the pavilion are on order.”

Memorial Pavers

Ready for Orders

The public was reminded of the “Pave the Pavilion” memorial brick project. Bricks sold at $50 each can be engraved and will become the walkway surface around the new pavilion.

“You can pay at borough hall and then fill out the order on a computer and the brick will be shipped to us for future installation,” said Municipal Clerk Brenda Kuhn. “If you don’t have a computer, there are a couple in borough hall.”

The project is explained on the borough website,, where there is a link to the order form for an engraved message.

“You can play an important role in preserving the spirit of Barnegat Light by purchasing a personally engraved 4” x 8” gray brick paver for the pavilion park. Whether celebrating a vacation, memorializing a loved one, commemorating a family event or making a lasting tribute to a friend, the memory bricks will be randomly placed at the pavilion for you and everyone visiting to see,” the information says.

To pay in person at borough hall, the address is 10 East Seventh St. Or checks can be mailed to: Borough of Barnegat Light, P.O. Box 576, Barnegat Light, N.J. 08006-0576.

Beaches will open June 9 with a skeleton crew of lifeguards. The pre-season badge price of $30 is good through June 5; thereafter, a seasonal badge costs $40. Order forms can be downloaded on the borough website. Weekly ($22) and daily ($5) badges can be purchased at the beach badge booth on West 11th Street or from badge checkers on the beach. Senior citizen badges are $12. All badges cost an additional $1 if purchased on the beach.

“We need somebody in the beach badge booth on 11th Street if you know somebody who would be interested in that job,” said Councilwoman Dottie Reynolds. “It’s not a full-time job.”

Among other news, the gas station at 18th Street and Central Avenue, now closed, “should be open for the summer,” according to word received by Mayor Kirk Larson from property owner John Brennan.

The docks and harbors committee report from Wellington summarizes that things are “ready to go.”

“The new docks that we ordered last year that we talked about have all been installed,” he said. Aluminum ladders are on order to replace the imperfect wooden ladders that lead down to the docks.

“We had a broken piling over the winter on one of the floating docks; that was replaced yesterday. All the gangways have been installed; we’re ready to go. The bathroom down by the ramp has been cleaned up, painted and a new roof put on it.”

The date is set for the Memorial Day Parade, Sunday, May 27, with lineup at 6 p.m. on West 11th Street ready for a 6:30 p.m. start. The procession marches to the lighthouse, where a ceremony follows.

— Maria Scandale

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