Longport has adopted its 2013 budget with a tax-rate increase of 1 cent, or about 3 percent.

“We’re very happy here, given the damage from Sandy, that we’re going up 1 cent,” Mayor Nicholas Russo said. “We think it’s remarkable.”

The budget includes a tax rate of 32.9 cents per $100 of assessed value. That means properties valued at the average residential assessment of $1,090,916 will pay $3,589 in borough property taxes, up $109 from $3,480 paid last year. The total does not include other taxes, such as schools and county.

Russo said response to Hurricane Sandy was the largest single element that affected this year’s budget. It includes $4.5 million in capital funding for repairs.

The borough has applied for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he said. Any money the municipality receives will be applied toward repaying that $4.5 million bond.

At the same time, Longport is also seeking funding for beach replenishment. Russo said the borough solicitor is working to obtain the seven necessary easements.

Wednesday’s Borough Commission meeting also brought the idea of an automated beach tag vending machine.

Russo said he doesn’t know how viable that proposal would be, but the borough is looking into it. If such a machine could be acquired, he said, it could save money on paying an individual to monitor the sales.

Contact Wallace McKelvey:

609-272-7256

Follow Wallace McKelvey on Twitter @wjmckelveyLongport has adopted its 2013 budget with a tax-rate increase of 1 cent, or about 3 percent.

“We’re very happy here, given the damage from Sandy, that we’re going up 1 cent,” Mayor Nicholas Russo saidcq. “We think it’s remarkable.”

The budget includes a tax rate of 32.9 cents per $100 of assessed value. That means properties valued at the average residential assessment of $1,090,916 will pay $3,589 in borough property taxes, up $109 from $3,480 paid last year. The total does not include other taxes, such as schools and county.

Russo said response to Hurricane Sandy was the largest single element that affected this year’s budget. It includes $4.5 million in capital funding for repairs.

The borough has applied for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he said. Any money the municipality receives will be applied toward repaying that $4.5 million bond.

At the same time, Longport is also seeking funding for beach replenishment. Russo said the borough solicitor is working to obtain the seven necessary easements.

Wednesday’s Borough Commission meeting also brought the idea of an automated beach tag vending machine.

Russo said he doesn’t know how viable that proposal would be, but the borough is looking into it. If such a machine could be acquired, he said, it could save money on paying an individual to monitor the sales.

Contact Wallace McKelvey:

609-272-7256

Follow Wallace McKelvey on Twitter @wjmckelvey

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