Brigantine City Council will consider, and is expected to adopt, its 2013 budget at its meeting today.

The budget process was delayed as the state Division of Local Government Services reviewed a preliminary draft approved by the council.

“I believe we will be able (to adopt the budget),” Mayor Phil Guenther said Tuesday. “I have not heard anything differently.”

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The city has examined a number of possible solutions to its financial constraints — one of the biggest being major losses due to tax appeals — but the most recent budget does not include layoffs.

It also does not factor in a proposal to condense the city's three chiefs of beach patrol, fire and police into a single public safety director.

The most recent preliminary budget called for a local tax-rate increase of 3.4 cents. That would translate to a municipal tax rate of 52.2 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

If that rate stands, it would mean properties valued at the average residential assessment of $499,316 would pay $2,606 in city property taxes, up about 7 percent from $2,436 paid last year.

Although the council voted down a proposal last week by Guenther and Councilman Andrew Simpson to lower the tax rate by 2.5 cents, Guenther said he plans to bring it up again.

“We should be able to provide more relief this year to people who’ve been impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” he said.

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