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Opinion: To Bond or Not to Bond?

What do you think of the Township Committee's move to bond for more than $2 million in improvements?

The Barnegat Township Committee voted Monday to introduce a $2.1 million bond ordinance to fund the purchase of new vehicles, a road project, new computer servers and more – a complete bond list is included in .

It's the first bond for improvements directly benefitting the township since 2006, said Township Administrator David Breeden, and will allow Barnegat to make badly needed replacements in firefighting equipment, purchase a new ladder truck and update outdated technology, among other things.

Few challenged the necessity of the updates during the meeting's public session. But some say bonding all at once for a big bundle of improvements that everyone knew were needed isn't a wise solution – equipment and infrastructure should be updated bit by bit, as the budget allows, to avoid adding to the township's debt.

What do you think? Are these important updates? Is it necessary to bond for them? Tell us in the comments!

Eric Thomas December 09, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Bonding is a synonym for financing. Auto loans, mortgages, etc.; financing is financing - and all financing carries the Biden of interest charges. Some financing is foreseeable. How many of us buy a house for cash? But these purchases are being made by Barnegat township, a municipality that, between township and school budgets, spends and taxes us for tens of millions of dollars. It is questionable why we need to bond for police and other vehicles. A Ford Crown Victoria goes for under $30k when purchased via the state contract. Surely we can afford two or three of those without more long-term debt? More questions to follow . . .
Ray December 09, 2011 at 01:10 PM
They have 29 Police cars. Too many for their size. Get down to 20 cars. Ban take home cars. That way, they can schedule replacement of cars on an annual basis and take it out of the Chief's operating budget. Over 150,000 miles on a police car is dangerous and puts the officers safety in jeopardy.
MORRIS FLORY December 09, 2011 at 01:12 PM
What are the statiscal comparisons of Barnegat vs other similar townships regarding budgets, spending, officers, crime rates etc?
Eric Thomas December 09, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Mr. Flory, that is a question for the committee. Perhaps they will respond quicker than they did to your letter - - do not hold your breath. Comparisons to other towns is not a focal point to me. The continuous political hijinx here puts the committee's credibility right up their with that of congress. Millions for "emergency" master plan updates and the like make you wonder who is asleep at the switch. Perhaps Mr. Cirulli should spend less time on the football field and more at his desk. After all, he is a "full time township employee," as per Mr. Lisella. As I said in another Patch post, this is the time of year the committee will do it's major spending/squandering. Plenty of time to bamboozle the public before the 2012 election. Welcome to Barneghetto.
MORRIS FLORY December 09, 2011 at 01:28 PM
Mr. Thomas, Thank you. It really is a shame that there is no response.
Ray December 09, 2011 at 05:29 PM
The answer to the problem is simple, don't re- elect Melchiondo and Cirulli. They have to run in 2012 > Get rid of Dasti and Birdsall and save 500K. Breeden has Waretowns budget under control but ours is way up. The Police Chief makes 184K plus benefits for a 45 Officer PD where most of the residents are seniors who are in bed by 10PM.
gordongecco December 10, 2011 at 04:28 AM
Thank you all for supporting the new fire truck part of the bond. We need the truck to protect the town and more importantly to protect us firefighters. I know my wife and daughters would rather that I perform roof operations from a truck ladder than from standing on the burning roof itself. Thank you again, we really do need it.
Mike Howard December 10, 2011 at 11:28 AM
During the last election, both Lenny and I made the point over and over that if Marty or Maxine were elected, that they would and could Bond at will. Well Marty won, making the Committee 4 to 1. That allows the "4" to BOND AWAY. They don't even have to talk to Len on any Bonding they want to do. Yes, we have to blame the Committee, but who elects the Committee? That's right, the same people who complain about the Taxes elect the people who make the Taxes go up. Sounds like a circle to me. So until more then a small percent of the voters come out to vote, this circle will go on and on. Next year when there are 2 open seats, if all goes the same, people will stay home, not vote, then complain about the taxes. And the beat goes on.
Ray December 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM
The Firemen deserve good equipment, A Fire Truck will last at least 20 years so it will cost 45k per year. We would have to pay a lot more if we had a paid FD. Just look at the 5 million dollar police budget, so be thankful that you have a volunteer FD.
mandy December 18, 2011 at 02:28 PM
As you mention "take home cars" by our P.D., I can't help to remember a weapon of ours that was taken home to L.E.H. by a Barnegat Police Officer- Barnegat Patch, Feb. 23 2011-"Several residents raised concerns over the recently released information about the theft of a Barnegat Police Department rifle from an unnamed officer’s car late last year. According to reports, the officer’s car was parked in front of his Little Egg Township home overnight when the rifle was stolen. Committee members said they were talking to the department about the issue, and that changes to police protocol were in the works as a result. “Things are going to be a lot tighter after this,” said Deputy Mayor Alfonso Cirulli. DID WE EVER FIND THIS RIFLE? This incident was way to sketchy to sweep under the Barnegat Township rug.....
Eric Thomas December 18, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Mandy mentions Mr. Cirulli. If ever there were a member of the committee that merits defeat at the poles, it is Mr. Cirulli. Once we get into the campaign, Mr. Cirulli's track record will be the subject of intense exposure and debate. I can virtually guarantee it. From his role in the flawed reassessment to his inability/refusal to honor and protect the liberties of all residents, it is all fair fodder for a person who is seeking reelection. It will all be documented fact. So even when the election-time only crowd takes to Patch, they will not be able to sweep away the misleadership that has been costing every resident and every business person plenty. Tally Ho!

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