Daily Archives: March 26, 2009

Will Short Seek Re-Election In Middletown?

Will Democrat Patrick Short seek re-election this year to the Middletown Township Committee?That seems to be the question to over at MoreMonmouthMusings.
Evidently Art Gallagher ran into Mr. Short at last nights Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce’s Meet the Mayors event last night and asked him if he had intentions to seek re-election.
According to Art, Short left open the possibility of not running for re-election.
In his post, Art gave some very nice background to his readers about Short’s previous victory and some useful suggestions for Short to consider before seeking re-election, which was surprising considering how anti- Middletown Dems Art Gallagher is.    
If you ask me however, I think that Short was just messing a bit with Gallagher. Short knows Gallagher’s history  so why enlighten him on his intentions?
I have never heard Patrick Short directly say anywhere that he was not going to seek re-election. By keeping people guessing as to his intention, it has lead to wide scale speculations from his Middletown GOP adversaries.
I happen to think that Short will be running again.
With that in mind, like Art Gallagher, I am attaching a poll to my blog to see what others feel about whether or not Patrick Short will seek re-election.   

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Filed under Art Gallaher, Middletown Democrats, MoreMonmouthMusings, Patrick Short, re-election bid

Hey Middletown, Look What Long Branch Has Done With Their Budget

Hey Middletown, look what Long Branch has done with it’s budget! 
According to the Asbury Park Press, Long Branch was looking at a 6.3% increase to it’s municipal tax rate. That increase to the municipal budget, during these hard financial times, was unacceptable to the City Council.
After searching throughout the budget for additional savings and deferring some of their annual pension obligations, the tax rate increase has been cut from a projected 6.3% to a 2.2% tax hike, which would reflect a 4.1% savings from previous drafts of the budget.
Am I saying that I am happy that the people of Long Branch, with just a 2.2% increase, will have to pay more taxes this year? No, I’m not. In a perfect world there would be no need to increase the tax rate, but there is no such thing as a perfect world.  At least the City Council has found ways to keep from having such a large increase as earlier projected.
To me, that’s a job well done.  Middletown on the other hand, has a $7+ million budget deficit to fill, how are they going to manage that?
I suspect by having a huge tax increase. 
The republican controlled Township Committee thinks that it is more important to maintain services that people have become accustomed to and hold concerts in the park, then making tough choices that may risk their hold on the township committee.
With 40% of this years budget already spent they better figure it out.

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Filed under Asbury Park Press, budget cuts, budget deficit, Long Branch NJ, Middletown, municipal tax rates

Middletown Holding Second Neighborhood Meeting Tonight

Sean Brynes and other members of the Township Committee will be attending tonights neighborhood meeting at Bayshore Middle School. The meeting scheduled to start at 7 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to give residents an opportunity to speak informally with township officials and staff about life in Middletown. Representatives from the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Police, Public Works and Planning Departments are also scheduled to attend.

If you have any issues or concerns to present or addressed to township representatives, be advised that no formal action will be taken at the neighborhood meeting.

The third and last neighborhood meeting is scheduled for April 2 at Thorne Middle School.

Bayshore Middle School
All Purpose Room
834 Leonardville Rd.

Leonardo, NJ 07737

Update 3/25- 10:35 am : I’ve just been informed that Democratic Committeeman Partrick Short will also be in attendence at tonights neighborhood meeting to answer any question that you may have.

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Filed under Bayshore Middle School, Middletown Township, Middletown Township Committee, Neighborhood meetings, Sean F. Byrnes