During the recent Margate Commissioners meeting, the city approved renewal of an alcoholic beverage license held by Lamberti Margate LLC.
Renewal was approved by Margate PD and the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
After years of slow progress, the Lamberti’s restaurant construction project along the bay at 9707 Amherst Ave. is far from complete. The Lamberti Liquor license will remain ‘in pocket.’
Atlantic County-Wide Court System
Margate and Longport have both said no to the county-wide municipal court system designed to be more efficient and cost-effective.
So far, the following have joined the Atlantic County Central Municipal Court System:
Ventnor, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Linwood, Northfield, Corbin City, Estell Manor, Port Republic and Weymouth Township.
Critics claim Margate, Longport and Brigantine have not joined the county wide system in order to protect local jobs, even if taxpayers must carry that extra burden.
In other Margate news, Mayor Becker and fellow commissioners want to borrow $2.5 million for replacing 5,500 water meters throughout the city. These ‘smart’ meters can be read remotely. ALSO: Margate and all NJ municipalities have 10 years to replace of all lead-based pipes in the city.
Margate Public Employee Health Insurance Costs to Skyrocket
Margate CFO Lisa McLaughlin says cost of employee health insurance will be at least 20% higher this year. Actually, it’s closer to 23%.
Reason: Too many claims from city workers. More money going out than coming in.
McLaughlin claims ‘there’s nothing we can do about it’. Margate’s Commissioner of Finance, Maury Blumberg, had no comment. For now, the city must use the more expensive, NJ State health benefits program.
Huge health insurance increase could spur N.J. property tax hikes, layoffs, local leaders warn NJ Gov. Murphy.
The 22.8% rate increase on premiums is for local and county governments. State employees will only pay 3% more.
Lawmakers not happy that Gov Murphy did side deal with state employees where their insurance contributions are capped at just 3%. All NJ taxpayers will need to dig deeper in order to subsidize the state employee health plans.
The sharp increase in premiums is hitting local governments the most.
To be sure, public and private health insurance premiums are rising nationwide. New Jersey raising rates up to four times larger than other states.
How will municipalities like Margate and Ventnor pay for this? The ugly options are: raise property taxes, lay off employees, freeze wages, salaries and hiring, more shared services, deeper audit of city expenses, etc.
Second homeowners will be hit the hardest. They make up approx 75% of the tax base, and use least amount of city services.