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Deal backs down on pricey parking permits near beach

DEAL — Borough officials pulled a controversial ordinance that would have required permit parking on five streets near the beachfront. The ordinance, which is the borough’s third attempt in almost two years to enforce parking regulations near the beach, was set for a public hearing on Wednesday. But officials pulled the ordinance prior to the meeting,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 11th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Deal backs down on pricey parking permits near beach

Deal looks to restrict parking near beach — again

assetContentDEAL — The borough plans to introduce an ordinance at its public meeting on Wednesday evening that will require residential permit parking on nearly a dozen streets with beach access points. Stephen R. Carasia, the borough’s clerk and administrator, cautioned on Tuesday that the ordinance is yet to be introduced and is still in the process… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Beach Access, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Deal looks to restrict parking near beach — again

Deal reportedly scrapping restricted beach parking plan

assetContentDEAL — A raw deal for taxpayers who paid for a newly widened beach in this wealthy Jersey shore enclave now appears to be no deal at all. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection told The Associated Press on Tuesday night that officials in the borough of Deal said they were tabling an ordinance that… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Such A Deal

Loch Arbour and Allenhurst Eyeing A Merger

The Asbury Park Sun reports that the Village of Loch Arbour is moving forward with its plan to seek a merger with its neighbor to the north, the Borough of Allenhurst.

250px-census_bureau_map_of_loch_arbour_new_jersey2Loch Arbour is .1 square mile and home to 196 people, according to the 2010 U.S. census.  The metropolis of Allenhurst in three times the size of of Loch Arbour by land mass, but has a much lower population density of 496 residents per the most recent census.   Should the towns merge, they would form a municipality just south of Deal, the 1.3 square mile borough that is home to 750 year round residents.

Loch Arbour has a municipal budget of $1,243,058.  That’s $6,342 per capita or $25,368 per family of four.  Allenhurst’s municipal budget in $4,344,268; $8,760 per capita.

250px-census_bureau_map_of_allenhurst_new_jersey1Obviously, it is not municipal spending that is prompting the 196 Loch Arbourians to give up their sovereignty.  It is school spending. 

Loch Arbour sends its 20 school age children to the Ocean Township Schools. The Corzine administration invalidated a school funding agreement between Loch Arbour and Ocean Township that was worth about $300,000 per year.  The new formula required Loch Arbour to pay school taxes based upon their property values.  That $300K became $1.6 million.    Allenhurst sends it school kids to the Asbury Park school system, an Abbott District that the entire state subsidizes.  If the merger goes through, property taxes in Loch Arbour will fall from an average of about $24,000 per home to less than $9000.   Not bad, relative to property taxes throughout the rest of the state, for homes valued at over $1.4 million on average. 

Posted: April 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , | 10 Comments »