Regarding the July 13 article, "Brigantine to slow police, fire raises":
Thanks for doing the research and printing it prominently on the front page.
Since four municipal union contracts are currently being renegotiated, it's a good time to take a close look at the role and cost of public-sector unions within our municipal government.
Such scrutiny has been an issue for years for the Brigantine Taxpayers Association and is long overdue in Brigantine.
It's past time for our city administration to fairly and adequately represent taxpayers in these negotiations and to put reasonable and necessary limits on union compensation.
It's time to correct the unwise and reckless expenditures authorized in union contracts by past administrations and still burdening taxpayers. The remedy of raising taxes to cover a deficit in revenue on an annual basis must no longer be tolerated.
Major contractual changes in longevity payments, sick and vacation time payments, the amount of employee contributions to health benefits and the rate of pay increases must be made to reduce the excessive cost of our local government and to bring public-sector union compensation in line with that outside of government.
We hope union members acknowledge the reality and facts of today's economy and the need to adapt to them so government can operate more efficiently for the benefit of all.
ANNE H. PHILLIPS
Brigantine Taxpayers Association